It is with great sadness that we have learned today, 6th January, of the death of our former Rector, Rt. Rev. Dr. James Mehaffey.

Rev. James Mehaffey, a man of great vision, was instituted in St. Finnian’s on Saturday 23rd July, 1966 and consecrated Bishop of Derry and Raphoe on 7th September, 1980. He resigned on 31st January, 2002.

We extend our sincere condolences to his wife, Thelma, daughter, Wendy and son, Timothy.

Tributes have been paid to the late former Bishop of Derry and Raphoe Rt. Rev. Dr. James Mehaffey, who passed away, aged 88, on Monday evening.

The Rt. Revd. Andrew Forster – who was consecrated Bishop of Derry and Raphoe last month – said: “I am deeply saddened by the news of the death of my eminent and much-loved predecessor.

“I never had the privilege of serving under Bishop James, but I was well aware of his reputation.

“How could I not be? He was a towering figure within the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe in particular and the Church of Ireland generally, and recognition of his achievements transcended diocesan and denominational boundaries,” he said.

Derry Journal

Rt. Rev. Dr. James Mehaffey
29 March 1931 – 6 January 2020