Pope Francis has appointed Donal McKeown as the new Bishop of Derry.
Bishop-elect McKeown, who has served as a priest for 37 years, is a native of Randalstown, County Antrim
The Derry diocese has been vacant since 2011 when Dr Seamus Hegarty retired due to ill health.
Cardinal Sean Brady congratulated Bishop McKeown on his appointment, saying: "I gladly send congratulations and good wishes to Bishop Donal McKeown on his appointment by Pope Francis as Bishop of Derry. I pray God to bless him abundantly at this time."
Bishop of Down and Connor, Noel Treanor said: "He is a man of boundless energy and vibrant Christian hope. He has worked with courage and dedication to develop community relations and to further ecumenical understanding and dialogue.
"He has worked steadfastly to build solid foundations for peace with justice and to promote reconciliation and respect as the foundation stones of community, civic and public life."