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Luke Wadding

(c. 1628—1691) Roman Catholic bishop of Ferns


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(c.1628–1691), Catholic ecclesiastic. Vicar-general of the south-eastern diocese of Ferns from 1668 and coadjutor (assisting) bishop from 1671, Wadding succeeded to the bishopric in 1678 but was not consecrated until 1683/4 because of the tensions associated with the Popish Plot. Like Oliver Plunkett he was one of a new generation of bishops appointed to resume the work of reorganizing the Irish church along Counter-Reformation lines after the disruption of the Cromwellian years and the uncertainties of the period immediately following the Restoration. His A Small Garland of Pious and Godly Songs was published in Ghent in 1684.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.


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