Mgr Peter Brignall
The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI has today appointed Monsignor Peter M Brignall as Bishop of Wrexham.
The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-elect Monsignor Brignall will take place on Wednesday, 12 September at St Mary's Cathedral, Wrexham.
Mgr Brignall, 58, was ordained priest for the Diocese of Menevia by Bishop Langton Fox in 1978, and has been Cathedral Dean of St Mary's, Wrexham since 1999 and Vicar General of the Diocese since 2003.
He is a Trustee of the Diocese and chairs the Board of Diocesan Trustees. He also chairs the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and is the Bishop's Advisor on Health Care Chaplaincy.
Mgr Brignall said: "I am delighted for Bishop Edwin that he is now able to take his well deserved retirement and after having overcome the initial astonishment of the Holy Father's expression of confidence in me, am humbled and honoured to accept this appointment and to be able again to commit my life to the service of the Catholic Church in North Wales, a Church that now 35 years ago I chose and offered to work in and for on leaving London.
"Earlier this year we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Diocese of Wrexham and we are still very young in the 3rd millennium, so any plans I might have for the future are first and foremost to build on the foundations laid by the first two Bishops of Wrexham, Bishop James Hannigan and Bishop Edwin Regan. Just a month after my ordination as bishop the Church begins the 'Year of Faith', a year in which Pope Benedict XVI invites Catholics to rediscover the gift of faith and so seek new ways of proclaiming it. I could do no better than taking that as the starting point of my ministry, indeed as the whole purpose of my ministry in Wales for years to come".
Bishop Regan said that he welcomed the appointment of Bishop-Elect Brignall with great joy: "He has dedicated his life as a priest to the service of the Gospel in Wales. He has been a loyal and wise colleague as Vicar General, with a deep love for the People of the Diocese and his fellow clergy. Through his long experience of pastoral work in Wales, Bishop-elect Brignall understands the importance of the Welsh language and culture in modern Wales. He will continue to lead the Diocese in the spirit of the 2nd Vatican Council, especially with the advent of the Year of Faith."