Ordination of new Bishop of Aberdeen

INVERURIE PRIEST TO BE ORDAINED BISHOP OF ABERDEEN

On Monday 1st December 2003, the Right Reverend Peter Antony Moran, will be ordained as Bishop of the Diocese of Aberdeen.The ordination will take place during a Mass starting at 12 noon in St. Mary’s cathedral, Huntly Street, Aberdeen,

Amongst those attending will be the recently appointed Scottish Cardinal, His Eminence Keith O’Brien; the Papal Nuncio, His Excellency Pablo Puente; the Bishops of Scotland and priests from the Diocese of Aberdeen and throughout Britain plus others from France and Norway.

Bishop Bruce Cameron and Bishop John Crook will represent the Scottish Episcopal Church along with representatives of the Church of Scotland from Presbyteries throughout the North East. The Salvation Army, the Methodist and Baptist Churches will be represented, as will the Jewish and Muslim communities.

Civic Dignitaries attending will include the Lord & Lady Provost of Aberdeen; David Davidson MSP; Councillors Kate Dean & Jim Kiddie and Chief Executive Douglas Patterson. In addition Aberdeenshire and Orkney Island Councils will be represented as will the Education Committees of both Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

The ordination itself will be performed by Most Revd. Mario Conti ( previously Bishop of Aberdeen and now Archbishop of Glasgow); Most Revd. Michael Bowen, Archbishop of Southwark and Right Revd. Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell. Mr. Joseph Moran and Sr. Elizabeth Moran – brother and sister of the new bishop - will read the scriptures during the Mass.

Peter Moran was Parish Priest of the Catholic church in Inverurie for the past 10 years and recently the Administrator of Aberdeen Diocese when Bishop Conti moved to Glasgow.

Born in Glasgow sixty-eight years ago, he now considers himself an Aberdonian by adoption, having lived in the North-East of Scotland for thirty-nine years.

He is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen [M.Ed.], as well as of the University of Glasgow [M.A. (Hons.) Classics]. His higher education began with seven years at the Pontifical Scots College, Rome (1952 –1959), where he was ordained priest in 1959. He gained the degrees of Ph.L. and S.T.L. from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.


Back in Scotland, his bishop sent him to Glasgow University to prepare for a teaching post in Blairs College. After graduating in 1963 he trained at Jordanhill College of Education and joined the Blairs College staff in 1964, to teach there until 1986. During that time (from 1979) he became Priest in charge of St. Mary’s Parish, Blairs, a post he held until 1993.

Ecumenical interests have seen him serve several years as R.C. “corresponding member” of Gordon Presbytery of the Church of Scotland. With the two representatives of other Christian Churches, he served from 1986 to 2002 on the Education Committees of Grampian Region and later of Aberdeenshire. He is a Life Member of the Educational Institute of Scotland [E.I.S.] and was a founder-member of the North Kincardine Rural Community Council.

As chaplain to the French-speaking R. C. community since the 1970’s, he celebrated a monthly Mass in French for the (mainly oil-related) expatriates - a practice he hopes to continue.

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Further information from

Tom Cooney, Communications Officer, Bishop’s House, Aberdeen Tel 01224 319154

Mobile 0775 2583276


Peter Kearney
Director
Catholic Media Office
5 St. Vincent Place
Glasgow
G1 2DH
0141 221 1168
pk@scmo.org
www.scmo.org





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