Former teacher from Scoil Bhríde Tuam appointed Diocesan Chancellor

A former member of the teaching profession in Tuam has made history by becoming the first woman to hold the position of Diocesan Chancellor in the Archdiocese of Tuam.

Sr. Mary Lyons, a member of the Mercy order was appointed by Archbishop of Tuam, Dr. Michael Neary to the important position.

As Chancellor, Sr. Lyons' role will involve overseeing the canonical structures in the Archdiocese of Tuam.  It also consists, among other things, in issuing official documents, granting dispensations, providing necessary indults and faculties, overseeing the application of the law and seeing to the preservation of documents in the diocesan archives.

Originally from Louisburg, County Mayo, Mary Lyons attented Mount Saint Michael Secondary School in Claremorris before joining the Sisters of Mercy in Tuam.

After graduating from NUI Galway with a BA in Latin and English and an H. Dip., she  taught Latin and English in Scoil Bhríde in Tuam.

In 1994, Sr. Lyons was awarded JCL and MCL degrees in canon law by Saint Paul's University and the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Teaching and working as a judge in the regional marriage tribunal in Galway followed until June 2000, after which Sr. Lyons took early retirement to pursue doctoral studies in canon law at Saint Paul's University.

She was awarded a PhD in October 2002 for her doctorate on the governance and structures of the Mercy Congregation from its beginnings in the 19th century to recent years.

In December 2002, Sr. Lyons was appointed a judge/instructor in the regional marriage tribunal in Galway by the late Bishop James McLoughlin.

In addition to this work at the marriage tribunal, Sr. Lyons also served on diocesan commissions and as a canonical consultant to religious congregations.

In December 2010, she retired from the marriage tribunal and was appointed Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Tuam.

Over her career, Sr. Lyons has sat on a number of different diocesan committees and has been a canonical adviser to the Archdiocese of Tuam and other dioceses, as well as to a number of religious congregations both nationally and internationally on a range of canonical issues.

(article courtesy of The Connacht Tribune).