The new Archbishop of Glasgow will be installed at a mass on Saturday February 26 at noon in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Clyde Street, Glasgow.
Pope Francis appointed Bishop William Nolan of the Diocese of Galloway to be the new leader of Scotland’s largest Catholic community earlier this month.
The new archbishop will celebrate an installation mass in the presence of the apostolic nuncio in Great Britain, Mgr Claudio Gugerotti, the archbishop of Westminster, cardinal Vincent Nichols, the bishops of Scotland and more than 100 priests as well as representatives of almost 100 parishes in the Archdiocese of Glasgow.
Speaking ahead of the ceremony, the Archbishop-elect said: “I have been overwhelmed with the messages of support and pledges of prayer I have given since my appointment as the new Archbishop of Glasgow was announced. I am convinced that the flame of faith is very bright in Glasgow, even among those who no longer practice their faith, and I want to encourage the development of this faith.
“Glasgow has many social problems. I think of the poor souls begging in the streets, their dignity scorned. I think of the asylum seekers fleeing poverty and persecution and trying to start a new life here. I think of the struggle many people But Glasgow also has a great resource in its people and faith traditions and I hope to foster a new sense of community and caring that would benefit people of all faiths and none.
“I am also aware of the ominous clouds of war darkening these days and I call on believers to join me in praying for an end to hostilities. War is a tragedy, wherever and whenever it occurs. .”
William Nolan was born on January 26, 1954, the fourth of eleven children born to William and Catherine Nolan (both deceased). He was baptized at St Patrick’s Church, Craigneuk and educated at Cathedral Primary School, Motherwell, St Patrick’s Primary, Craigneuk, St Vincent’s College, Langbank (1965-67) and St Mary’s College, Blairs (1967-71). His higher seminary training was at Scots College, Rome (1971-78) where he earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology.
Father Nolan was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Motherwell on 30 June 1977. He ministered as an assistant priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, East Kilbride, 1978-1980; assistant priest of St David’s, Plains, 1980-1983; vice-rector of Scots College, Rome, 1983-1990; assistant priest of St Bridget’s, Baillieston, 1990-1994; parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes parish, East Kilbride, from 1994 to February 2015. He served as President of the Council of Priests, 1992-1998; President of the Committee for the Ongoing Formation of Priests, 1993-2004; Administrator, St John Ogilvie, Vicar General of the Diocese of Motherwell, June 2014 to February 2015.
He was appointed Bishop of Galloway on 22 November 2014 by Pope Francis and ordained in the Great Hall of Kilmarnock on 14 February 2015 by Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrew’s and Edinburgh.
Watch the installation service online: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEwZHTCorUI
Scottish Catholic Media Office – www.scmo.org
Key words: Bishop William Nolan, Glasgow, Galloway
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