Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Congratulations Bishop Mark!

We have a new bishop!

Yesterday at Saint Anthony's in Wythenshaw, Monsignor Mark Davies was ordained as the Coadjutor Bishop of Shrewsbury. He will work along side Bishop Brian as his assistant until Bishop Brian retires, at which point Bishop Mark will automatically become our Ordinary, our Diocesan Bishop. We offer him our warmest congratulations.

With thanks to Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk for the photographs more can be seen at www.flickr.com/photos/catholicism/ and the texts of Archbishop Bernard Longley's homily can be found on the Diocesan Website.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Rite of Election

This afternoon over three hundred and fifty people gathered from across the diocese here at The Cathedral. Why? To meet with Bishop Brian. Many of those gathered will be received into full communion with the Church this coming Easter and the Rite of Election is one of the important stages on that journey. It was fabulous to see the Cathedral so full.

Please continue to pray for all those journeying this lent towards full communion and membership of the Church.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Episcopal Ordination

Next Monday, the Feast of the Chair of Peter, Monsignor Mark Davies is being ordained as Coadjutor Bishop of Shrewsbury. Preparations are now in their very final stages, including the cleaning and polishing of some of the sacred vessels.

We pray for Bishop Elect Mark as he begins his Episcopal Ministry in our diocese, may he be for us a faithful shepherd.