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Roman Catholic Diocese of Motherwell

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Motherwell (Latin: Dioecesis Matrisfontis) is an ecclesiastical diocese of the Catholic Church in Scotland.[1]

Diocese of Motherwell

Dioecesis Matrisfontis
Motherwell Diocesan Coat of Arms.gif
Diocese of Motherwell Coat of Arms
Location
CountryScotland
TerritoryMost of the council areas of North and South Lanarkshire and part of Glasgow.
Ecclesiastical provinceEcclesiastical Province of Glasgow
MetropolitanGlasgow
Statistics
Area1,178 km2 (455 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2016)
712,100
162,331 (22.8%)
Parishes73
Schools12 High Schools
Information
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin Rite
Established25 May 1947
CathedralCathedral Church of Our Lady of Good Aid, Motherwell
Secular priests113, including retired priests and those working with the Diocese.
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
BishopJoseph Toal
Metropolitan ArchbishopPhilip Tartaglia
Vicar GeneralFr Gerard Chromy
Bishops emeritusJoseph Devine
Website
rcdom.org.uk

The diocese, which was erected on 25 May 1947 by Pope Pius XII from the Archdiocese of Glasgow, along with the Diocese of Paisley which was erected on the same day, remains one of two suffragan sees under the Archdiocese.[1] On Tuesday 29 April 2014 - the Feast of St Catherine of Siena - Pope Francis appointed Joseph Toal as the fifth Bishop of Motherwell.

In 2004, the Catholic population, proportionately the largest in Scotland and second largest in Great Britain, was 165,100 from a total population of 633,000 (26.1%). In 2012 the diocese was served by 65 parish priests, 7 assistant priests and 13 deacons in across its 74 parishes (the number of parishes had reduced to 67 by March 2017).[2] There are currently 35 retired priests from the diocese and 4 who reside in parishes in the diocese. The area of the diocese is 1,178 square kilometres (455 sq mi).[1]

Past and present ordinariesEdit

The following is a list of the Bishops of Motherwell:[1]

  • Edward Douglas (appointed 7 February 1948 – resigned 9 February 1954)
  • James Scanlan (appointed 23 May 1955 – translated to the Archdiocese of Glasgow 29 January 1964)
  • Francis Thomson (appointed 8 December 1964 – resigned 14 December 1982)
  • Joseph Devine (appointed 13 May 1983 - resigned Thursday 30 May 2013)
  • Joseph Toal (appointed 29 April 2014 – present; previously Bishop of Argyll & the Isles Diocese from October 2008 - April 2014 and Apostolic Administrator of Motherwell from 30 May 2013 – 29 April 2014)

Diocesan ClergyEdit

There are currently 75 parishes and 74 churches in the Diocese which are served by 72 priests and 13 deacons.

Krysztof Garwolinski, administrator of St Patrick's, Wishaw is chaplain to the Polish community. Joseph Vembadamthara is chaplain to the Syro Malabar community and is an assistant priest at St Cuthbert's, Hamilton.

On Wednesday 24 July 2013, Leo Cushley, a priest of the diocese of Motherwell was appointed the Archbishop of St Andrew's & Edinburgh. Cushley was ordained in 1985 by Devine in St John the Baptist Church, Uddingston before serving in the Cathedral, St Serf's, Airdrie & St Aidan's, Wishaw. Since 1992 he has been a diplomat for the Vatican and held the post as head of the English-language section of the Vatican's Secretariat of State.

Maurice Taylor, a priest of the Diocese is the Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Galloway and served as Scotland's representative on the Board of International Commission on English in the Liturgy and was its Chairman from 1997 until 2002.

Another priest of the Diocese, William Nolan, is the current Bishop of the Diocese of Galloway. Both Bishop Nolan and Bishop Taylor are former parish priests of Our Lady of Lourdes, East Kilbride who later became Bishop of Galloway.

Cardinal Thomas Winning, a priest of the Diocese born in Wishaw was Archbishop of Glasgow from 1974 until his death in 2001.

In 2016 Fr. John Farrell, Retired priest of the Diocese of Motherwell,[3] the last Head teacher at St Ninian's Falkland, Fife, was sentenced to five years imprisonment. His colleague Paul Kelly, a retired teacher from Portsmouth, was given ten years, both were convicted of the physical and sexual abuse of boys between the years 1979 and 1983. More than 100 charges involving 35 boys were made. Farrell and Kelly were members of the Irish Christian Brothers when the crimes were committed at the school which closed in 1983.[4] According to The Times, it is believed this was the largest historical abuse case ever tried in Scotland,[5]

Parishes and deaneriesEdit

The 75 Parishes in the Diocese are divided into nine deaneries.[6] Where after the title of a church two dates are given, the first is the date of the foundation of the parish and the second is the date of the opening of the current church building. Due to a shortage of priests, a number of parishes have begun to share parish priests, forming pairs of linked parishes.

  1. Airdrie Deanery - dean, Rev. Raymond Breslin
    • St Andrew, Airdrie (1950, 1954)
    • St Edward the Confessor, Airdrie (1960, 1967)[7]
    • Parish of SS Margaret & Serf, Airdrie (parishes merged 2017)
      • St Margaret of Scotland, Airdrie (1839)[8]
      • St Serf, Airdrie (1973)[9]
    • Calderbank and Salsburgh Linked Parishes
      • Corpus Christi, Calderbank (1948, 1952)
      • Sacred Heart, Salsburgh
    • St Mary, Caldercruix (1878, 1982)
    • St Aloysius, Chapelhall (1859, 1894)
    • Coatdyke and St Stephen's Linked Parishes
      • Holy Trinity & All Saints, Coatdyke (1902, 1977)[10]
      • St Stephen, Coatbridge (note: in deanery no. 3, Coatbridge Deanery) (1973, 1976)
    • Parish of St David's, Plains
      • St David, Plains (1897, 1994)
      • St Dominic, Greenbank
  2. Central Deanery - dean, Rev. James Grant
    • Bellshill Linked Parishes[11]
      • St Gerard, Bellshill (1967, 1971)
      • Sacred Heart, Bellshill (1949, 1951)
    • St Bride, Bothwell (1910, 1973)[12]
    • Holy Family, Mossend (1868, 1884)[13]
    • St John the Baptist, Uddingston (1883, 1987)[14]
    • St Columba, Viewpark (1939, ???)
    • St Gabriel, Viewpark (1976, 1977)[15]
  3. Coatbridge Deanery - dean, Rev. Vincent Lockhart
    • St Augustine, Coatbridge (1892, 1899)[16]
    • St Bartholomew, Coatbridge (1950, 1953)
    • St Bernard's & St Mary's Linked Parishes
      • St Bernard, Coatbridge (1973, 1974)
      • St Mary, Coatbridge (1874, 1893)
    • St James the Greater, Coatbridge (1956, 1961)[17]
    • St Monica, Coatbridge (1950, 1957)[18]
    • St Patrick, Coatbridge (1845, 1896)[19]
    • Our Lady & St Joseph, Glenboig (1880, 1974)
  4. East Kilbride Deanery - dean, Rev. Ivan Boyle
  5. Hamilton Deanery - dean, Rev. Brian Lamb
    • Blackwood & Larkhall Linked Parishes
      • Our Lady & St John, Blackwood (1898, 1880)[24]
      • St Mary, Larkhall (1872, 1905)
    • Blantyre Linked Parishes
      • St John Ogilvie, Blantyre (1977, 1979)
      • St Joseph, Blantyre (1877, 1905)[25]
    • Burnbank & Hamilton Linked Parishes
      • St Cuthbert, Burnbank (1845, 1896)
      • St Ninian, Hamilton (1955, 1958)
    • Parish of SS Mary & Paul, Hamilton (parishes merged 2017)
      • St Mary, Hamilton (1846)
      • St Paul, Hamilton (1955)
    • Our Lady & St Anne, Hamilton (1883, 1933)
    • St Peter, Hamilton (1953, 1981)
    • St Patrick, Strathaven (1859, 1901)[26]
  6. Motherwell Deanery - dean, vacant
  7. Northern Deanery - dean, Rev. Kenneth O'Brien
    • Parish of St Ambrose, Baillieston (parishes merged 2016)[31]
      • St Bridget, Baillieston (1893)
      • St Francis of Assisi, Baillieston (1973)
    • St Kevin, Bargeddie (1947, 1950)
    • Craigend & Stepps Linked Parishes[32]
      • St Dominic, Craigend (1972/52, 1974/56)
      • St Joseph, Stepps (1875, ???)
    • Parish of St John Bosco, Easterhouse (parishes merged 2016)
      • St Benedict, Easterhouse (1965)
      • St Clare, Easterhouse (1965)
    • St Michael, Moodiesburn (1960, 2002)
    • St Barbara, Muirhead (1947, 1956)
  8. Rutherglen Deanery - dean, Rev. Patrick Hennessy
    • St Bride, Cambuslang (1878, 1900)[33]
    • St Cadoc, Halfway (1949, 1955)[34]
    • Rutherglen Parish (parishes merged 2017)
      • St Anthony, Rutherglen (1970)[35]
      • St Mark, Rutherglen (1961)
    • St Columbkille, Rutherglen (1851, 1940)[36]
  9. Wishaw Deanery - dean, Rev. James Thomson
    • Parish of St Isidore, Biggar (1937)
      • St Isidore, Biggar
      • St Mary Magdalene, Forth
    • St Athanasius, Carluke (1849, 1857)[37]
    • Cleland & St Aidan's Linked Parishes
      • St Mary, Cleland (1874, 1877)
      • St Aidan, Wishaw (1960, 1966)[38]
    • St Mary, Lanark (1859, 1910)[39]
    • St Brigid, Newmains (1871, 1896)[40]
    • Parish of St Patrick, Shotts[41]
      • St Patrick, Shotts (parish founded 1868, building 1905)
      • St Catherine, Harthill
    • St Ignatius of Loyola, Wishaw (1859, 1865)[42]
    • Parish of St Patrick and St Thomas
      • St Patrick, Wishaw (1891, 1898)
      • St Thomas, Wishaw (1957, 1962)

There are 11 priests and 1 deacon who serve as school chaplains to the high schools in the diocese.
There is also a chaplain to the main hospitals in the diocese, Monklands (Rev James Travers), Wishaw (Rev Ricklan Mallya) and Hairmyres (Rt Rev Mgr Thomas Millar).

CathedralEdit

Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral was first built in 1900 and became the cathedral of the new diocese of Motherwell in 1948. The current Cathedral Administrator is Fr Gerard Chromy. The parish of the cathedral was linked with the parish of St Luke's Motherwell in 2011.

Cathedral ChapterEdit

Canons

Rt Rev Mgr Thomas Millar

Canons Emeritus

Very Rev Denis Keane
Very Rev Herbert Flack
Very Rev Patrick O'Sullivan
Very Rev Andrew Reen
Very Rev William O'Sullivan
Very Rev Niall Hayes
Very Rev John B Healy
Very Rev Michael Walsh
Very Rev Humphrey O'Mahony
Rt Rev Thomas O'Hare
Rt Rev John McIntyre
Very Rev Joseph Clements
Very Rev Cornelius O'Leary
Very Rev William Dunnachie

ReferencesEdit

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SourcesEdit

Western Catholic Calendar

External linksEdit