Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Pope appoints New Bishop for Shrewsbury Diocese

Mgr Mark Davies appointed to Shrewsbury
The Diocese of Shrewsbury is delighted to announce the appointment by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, of Monsignor Mark Davies, Vicar General of the Diocese of Salford, as the new Co-Adjutor Bishop of Shrewsbury. As Co-Adjutor, he will have right of succession to Bishop Brian Noble, Bishop of Shrewsbury upon his retirement at a future date. In the meantime the new Bishop will assist Bishop Noble within the Diocese.

The new Bishop on learning of his appointment expressed his delight at moving south of the river into the Diocese of Shrewsbury, which extends through Cheshire, Shropshire, the Wirral, and parts of Greater Manchester, Tameside and Trafford. “I have spent some 26 years as a priest in Salford, and am looking forward greatly to joining Bishop Brian within the Diocese of Shrewsbury. I look forward to getting to know the clergy, religious and people of the Diocese, and am most grateful to the Holy Father for his confidence in appointing me to this service. I thank Bishop Brian for his warm and kind welcome and I ask for your prayers at this time.” said Monsignor Davies.

Bishop Brian added his own words of welcome: “I’m delighted to welcome Mgr Davies to our Diocese. As a Salford priest and close neighbour, he doesn’t come as a stranger, and will, I’m sure, find a warm welcome in all our parishes, schools and religious communities. I very much look forward to having him as a colleague. As he prepares for his new ministry, do remember him in your prayers.”

In addition to his duties and experience within the Church in Salford, the new bishop said that he enjoyed walking, together with reading and supporting his local football team. Given his new assignment, he wondered “about the wisdom of disclosing detail on that one!”

The new bishop will be ordained by Bishop Brian Noble on Monday 22nd February 2010, the feast of the Chair of St Peter at St Anthony’s Church, Wythenshawe, Manchester.

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