The wife of a senior Church of Ireland cleric has been received into the Catholic Church.
Anita Henderson, the wife of the Church of Ireland Bishop of Tuam the Rt Rev Richard Henderson, was accompanied by her husband and family yesterday in the private chapel at the home of the Catholic Bishop Dr John Fleming in Ballina, Co Mayo when she formally became a Catholic.
She said: "This is the culmination of a long journey of spiritual searching. I feel that under God this is what I am being called to do."
Both Bishops said in a joint statement: "We recognise that every person can freely choose his or her religious and church affiliation as a matter of conscience. Anita Henderson has our complete support in her choice of what she feels to be her spiritual home.
"Her decision, made after much heart-searching, deserves the respect of us all, and we trust that all people of goodwill will share in this."
Bishop Henderson has spent most of his Church of Ireland ministry in the Republic.