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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
New Bishop for Aberdeen
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¬†The Pope has nominated Canon Peter Antony Moran as the new Bishop of Aberdeen. Born in Glasgow, on 13 April 1935, Canon Moran studied at St Aloysius' Jesuit College in Glasgow, before completing his studies for the priesthood at the Pontifical Scots College in Rome. He then attended the Pontifical Gregorian University from which he graduated with a Licentiate in Philosophy and a Licentiate in Theology. After his ordination on 19 March 1959, for Glasgow Archdiocese, Canon Moran was sent to study at Glasgow University where he earned a Master of Arts in Classics. In 1964, he was sent to teach in the National Junior Seminary (St Mary's College, Blairs) located in Aberdeen Diocese, where latterly he was vice-rector. When it closed in 1986, he remained as Parish Priest of Blairs and eventually transferred formally to Aberdeen Diocese. Canon Moran is said to have been able to turn his teaching ability to almost any subject, academic or otherwise. He was choirmaster, and formed and conducted the college orchestra, (having taught himself to play all the instruments first). He even developed an interest in sailing dinghies, and soon had the students building and sailing them too! While on the staff of Blairs, Canon Moran undertook a Master of Education degree at Aberdeen University. He is currently parish priest of The Immaculate Conception, Inverurie as well as Diocesan Administrator. He has also been variously Dean, Canon of the Cathedral Chapter, member of the College of Consultors and of the Finance and Education committees. Canon Moran replaces Archbishop Mario Conti who was appointed to Glasgow last February. Aberdeen diocese has only about 16,000 Catholics, but geographically is the largest diocese in the UK. It has about 40 priests, a third of whom belong to religious orders. It also has a dozen permanent deacons ≠ the previous bishop was the first in Scotland to develop this ministry. Sources: Vatican website (translated from the Italian) with additional reporting
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