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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Ordination of Scotland's youngest bishop
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 The ordination of Scotland's youngest bishop will take place at 3pm this Sunday in St Mirin's Cathedral, Paisley. Fr Philip Tartaglia, 54, until recently, Rector of the Scots College in Rome will be ordained by Archbishop Mario Conti. He will become the fourth Bishop of the Diocese since its creation in 1947. Commenting ahead of the ceremony, Bishop-elect Tartaglia said: "Becoming Bishop of Paisley is an immense honour and an enormous challenge. I hope and pray that I will be equal to the tasks which face me. I owe a debt of gratitude to my immediate predecessors in Paisley, Bishop John Mone and bishop Stephen McGill, for the pastoral care and spiritual guidance they have given to the Catholic community in this part of Scotland for almost forty years. While thanking Bishop John in person, I commend to the mercy of God the soul of Bishop Stephen who died last week." "Though small and geographically compact, Paisley Diocese contains communities which often contrast starkly with one another. Within the diocesan boundaries are some of the wealthiest suburbs in Scotland as well as some of our country's poorest urban communities. Yet the vibrancy of our parishes in such vastly diverse areas attests to the universality of our faith and to the power of the Gospel message to transcend space and time." "I hope and pray that I will be able to inspire the people of this diocese to live their faith as a reality which makes sense even in today's secularised culture. I ask the priests and people of the diocese to pray for me as I prepare to begin my ministry as a bishop." Cardinal Keith O'Brien together with other members of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland will participate in the Ordination Mass, while Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow, will be the Chief Concelebrant. Archbishop Conti spoke warmly of the Bishop-elect's wealth of experience. He said: "The new bishop comes to Paisley from Rome where he has been Rector of the Pontifical Scots College, a college that bears witness to our historic links with the Holy See. He has first hand experience of pastoral life, having served as parish priest in a large parish in the Archdiocese of Glasgow, and he is a gifted theologian whose academic and ecumenical credentials are assured. "I am certain that many outside the Catholic Church will join with the Catholic community of Scotland in welcoming the start of his pastoral ministry in Paisley." Source: SCMO
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