Born in the Parish of Rathnure, Enniscorthy, on 20 June 1945, he was ordained on 31 May 1970 at St Peter’s College, Wexford. He was appointed to the House of Missions in 1970 and Administrator of St Senan’s Parish, Enniscorthy from 1986 until his appointment as parish priest of Taghmon in 1997. He served as Vicar Forane for Wexford Deanery and as diocesan delegate charged with child protection.
He was ordained Bishop of Ferns on 23 April 2006.
“I have only one ambition today, to walk with you, the people, religious and priests of the diocese in your joys and your sorrows. Sometimes I may be able to help you, sometimes I may need you to help me.”
The shield is divided per chevron gold and black. The gold field is sown with crosses in purple, both colours being traditional to Co Wexford.
The crosses reflect the sowing of seeds of the gospel, a reference to the House of Missions.
The inverted V is a reference to the Blackstairs Mountains and the gold torch refers to the Hook Lighthouse.
“Rejoice and be Glad” the motto chosen by Bishop Brennan, is taken from Psalm 118