Most Reverend Paul Tighe


Paul Tighe was born on the 12th February 1958. He attended the De La Salle Primary School, Navan and completed his secondary education at Summerhill College, Sligo.  He graduated from University College Dublin in 1979 with a degree in Civil Law. Having studied for the priesthood at Holy Cross College, Dublin and at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome, he was ordained a priest of the Dublin Diocese in 1983. His first appointment was as parish chaplain and teacher in Ballyfermot.  Subsequently, he was assigned to study Moral Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. In 1990, he was appointed as a Lecturer in Moral Theology at the Mater Dei Institute of Education in Dublin and at Holy Cross College.  In 2004, he was named as Director of the Communications Office of Dublin Diocese.  In 2005, he established the Office for Public Affairs which aimed to promote the engagement of the Diocese with public institutions and civic society.  In November 2007, he was appointed as Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.  In that capacity, he was involved in promoting Church reflection on the importance of digital culture and in the launch of some of the social media initiatives of the Holy See.  In June 2014, he was appointed Secretary to the Vatican Media Committee, chaired by Lord Christopher Patten, which was charged with developing a plan for the restructuring of the Holy See’s communications resources.  In December 2015, he was nominated Adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture and titular Bishop of Drivastum.