New Bishop for Argyll and the Islands

The Holy Father has appointed the Right Reverend Monsignor Ian Murray as Bishop of Argyll and The Isles in succession to Roderick Wright who resigned in 1996.

Monsignor Murray, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh is presently Parish Priest of St Francis Xavier’s, Falkirk.

Born in Lennoxtown on 15th December, 1932, Monsignor Murray was educated at St Machan’s Primary School, St Ninian’s High School, Kirkintilloch and St Mary’s College, Aberdeen.

He studied for the priesthood at the Royal Scots College, Valladolid, where he was ordained priest on 17th March, 1956.

He served in St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, St Kenneth’s, Lochore and St Columba’s, Edinburgh.

In 1963 he was appointed Vice-Rector of the Royal Scots College, Valladolid, where he served until 1970.

On his return Monsignor Murray was appointed Chaplain to the Roman Catholic Students at Stirling University, where he remained until 1978. Thereafter, he served as Parish Priest in St Bride’s, Cowdenbeath and for a short period as Parish Priest in St Ninian’s, Edinburgh.

Returning to Spain as Rector of his alma mater in 1987, Monsignor Murray was responsible for over-seeing the transfer of the College to the present site in the beautiful and ancient University city of Salamanca.

In August, 1994, Monsignor Murray was appointed Parish Priest of Our Lady and St Andrew’s, Galashiels and in 1996 to his present parish of St Francis Xavier’s, Falkirk when he was appointed Vicar-General of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.

On receiving news of his appointment Monsignor Murray said – "I am honoured and thrilled at this appointment and look forward to what will be a most interesting apostolate".

The appointment will be made known at noon on Wednesday 3rd November, 1999.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE – TO BE GIVEN BY MONSIGNOR MURRAY IN THE PRESENCE OF ARCHBISHOP KEITH O’BRIEN – ADMINISTRATOR OF THE DIOCESE OF ARGYLL AND THE ISLES FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS.

PLACE: OBAN CATHEDRAL HALL

DATE AND TIME: WEDNESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 1999 – 12 NOON.

NOTE: THE EPISCOPAL ORDINATION WILL TAKE

PLACE IN ST COLUMBA’S CATHEDRAL,

OBAN ON TUESDAY 7TH DECEMBER -

DETAILS LATER.

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