Bishop James gives thanks for Archbishop Patrick Kelly, whom he calls his 'Brother in Christ'.
Bishop James has issued the following statement in response to Archbishop Patrick Kelly's retirement:
"Archbishop Patrick and I are very conscious of being Brothers in Christ together. His retirement will not diminish the warmth of our friendship.
"I thank God for his fellowship and for the depth of his commitment to serve all God’s people – he is a compassionate pastor, a thoughtful teacher of the faith, a gracious servant of the Church here and throughout the world, a fearless proclaimer of the Gospel and a friend to many both inside and outside the Church. As there is no retirement from the Kingdom of God I pray for great peace and fulfilment to Patrick as he hands over his pastoral staff."