Tributes have been paid to Bishop Joseph Devine, former Bishop of Motherwell, who died on Thursday 23 May at Wishaw general Hospital, aged 82.
Bishop Hugh Gilbert, President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland said: "On behalf of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland I would like to offer Bishop Devine's family our deepest and most prayerful sympathies. During his active years as a bishop, he made a lasting and significant contribution to work of the Bishops' Conference. I will pray for the repose of his soul and celebrate Mass for him today (Friday 24 May)."
"We ask God to grant him eternal rest after his distinguished ministry as a priest and bishop in Scotland - and give thanks for all that he did for the Church in our country over the past 59 years of his priesthood. May God rest his soul."
Bishop Joseph Toal, Bishop Devine's successor as Bishop of Motherwell said: "All in the Diocese of Motherwell feel the sadness of the death of our Bishop Eremitus, Rt Rev Joseph Devine, yesterday evening. He served as Bishop of Motherwell for 30 Years, and for 6 Years before that as Auxiliary Bishop of Glasgow Archdiocese, so we acknowledge and give thanks to God for his faithful and very full ministry as a bishop and priest."
"I heard of the news of his death in Wishaw General Hospital as I was about to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation, something which Bishop Devine celebrated hundreds of times, and it is for this that many in the Diocese remember him best. Through his years as Bishop Bishop Devine served the Catholic Church in Scotland through his full participation and valued contribution to the work of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, particularly in regard to Catholic Education."
"Although he was very ill through the last days of his life he was still very alert and very much himself. I suspect he would have liked to have lived another couple of days to know the outcome of Saturday's Scottish Cup Final. I thank those who nursed him through his last week on earth and those who attended to him at home through the years since his retirement. We commend his soul to God and look forward to celebrating his Funeral and giving thanks for all he offered to the Lord and his people as Priest and Bishop. May he rest in peace."
Archbishop Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St. Andrews & Edinburgh and a former priest of the Diocese of Motherwell said: "I will always remember Bishop Joseph Devine with affection and respect. He was a generous and wise pastor of souls and as a young priest I learned a great deal from him. He dedicated himself generously to celebrating Word and Sacrament, especially among the young people of Motherwell, and we owe him a great debt of gratitude. May he rest in peace"
The date of Bishop Devine's funeral will be announced soon.
Bishop John was born in Glasgow 7th August 1937; educated at St Ninian's Primary School, Kirkintilloch, St Mary's College, Blairs, St Peter's College, Cardross. He was prdained priest in Glasgow, 29th June 1960 and went on to study in the Scots College, Rome. He received a PhD in 1964 from the Gregorian University, Rome.
Bishop John served as:
Private Secretary, Archbishop of Glasgow, 1964-65
Assistant priest, St Robert Bellarmine, Glasgow, 1965-67
St Joseph's, Helensburgh, 1967-72
On staff of St Peter's College, Cardross, 1967-74
Assistant chaplain, Catholic Chaplaincy at the University of Glasgow, 1974-77
Episcopal Vicar, lay apostolate 1974-83
Nominated titular bishop of Voli (and auxiliary bishop), 5th May 1977
Ordained Bishop by Thomas Joseph Winning, Archbishop of Glasgow in St Francis' Church Glasgow, 31st May, 1977
Translated to Motherwell, 13th May 1983
He retired 31st May 2013.
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