The Episcopal Ordination of Fr William Nolan as the new Bishop of Galloway will take place at the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock on Saturday 14 February 2015 at 11am.
Fr. Nolan was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Galloway in November 2014 by Pope Francis and will be ordained at the ceremony in Kilmarnock on 14 February, by Archbishop Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St. Andrews & Edinburgh.
Speaking ahead of his Episcopal Ordination Bishop-Elect Nolan said;
As I leave behind East Kilbride and the people to whom I have ministered the past 20 years, I think of a farewell card I received from local school children. In large letters, it read Pastures New not only do I move to new pastures I also encounter a new flock. I look forward to what for me are the new pastures of Galloway, and getting to know the flock, the people whom I will serve as bishop.
Unexpected though the call to be Bishop of Galloway was, I know that contentment and fulfilment are found in following the will of God, and I hope, that together with the people of the diocese we may we face the future together, trusting in God who is the one shepherd of us all.
As well as Archbishop Cushley, the Papal Nuncio, HE Archbishop Antonio Mennini, will attend, representing Pope Francis, together with bishops from Scotland, England and Ireland.
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Notes to Editors:
1. You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to the ordination on Saturday 14 February 2015 at 11am, to the Grand Hall, 9 Green Street, Kilmarnock, KA1 3BN
The hall will be open from 10am and the Mass of Ordination will begin at 11am. The Grand Hall has a capacity of 950, while overspill accommodation will be provided in the nearby Kay Park Church (350) together with live audio & video relays of the ceremony. The Ordination will be streamed live online and archived so it can be watched later. There is a link at www.gallowaydiocese.org.uk
Photographs of the ordination will be available from Paul McSherry - 07770 393960
2. Bishop Elect Nolan will succeed Bishop John Cunningham has been the Bishop of Galloway since May 2004.
3. The appointment of Bishop Elect William Nolan, is the fourth Scottish Episcopal appointment made by Pope Francis since his election on 13 March 2013. He appointed Archbishop Leo Cushley as Archbishop of St. Andrews & Edinburgh on 24 July 2013 and Bishop Stephen Robson as Bishop of Dunkeld on 11 December 2013 followed by Bishop John Keenan as Bishop of Paisley on 8 February 2014.
4. Biography “ Bishop-Elect William Nolan: DOB: 26th January 1954,
Baptised: St Patrick s Craigneuk
Schools: Cathedral Primary, Motherwell
St Patrick s Primary, Craigneuk
St Vincent s College, Langbank, 1965 - 1967
St Mary s College, Blairs, 1967 - 1971
Senior Seminary: Scots College, Rome, 1971 - 1978
Ordained Priest for Diocese of Motherwell, 30th June 1977, St Bernadette s Motherwell
S.T.L. (Licence in Sacred Theology): Gregorian University, Rome, June 1978
Assistant Priest, Our Lady of Lourdes, East Kilbride, 1978 “ 1980
Assistant Priest, St. David s, Plains, 1980 “ 1983
Vice-Rector, Scots College, Rome, 1983 “ 1990
Assistant Priest, St Bridget s, Baillieston, 1990 - 1994
Parish Priest, Our Lady of Lourdes, East Kilbride, 1994 to present
Chairman Council of Priests, 1992 - 1998
Chairman Committee for Ongoing Formation of Priests, 1993-2004
Administrator, St John Ogilvie, Blantyre, November 2013 to present
Vicar General, Motherwell Diocese, June 2014 to present
4th of 11 children born to William and Catherine Nolan (both deceased) - 5 girls and 6 boys.
Baptised in same church as Cardinal Winning - St Patrick s, Craigneuk, Wishaw.Taught at Primary School by Cardinal Winning s sister, Mrs Margaret Canning (now deceased).
Form Master at Blairs College was Fr Peter Moran who is now Emeritus Bishop of Aberdeen.
Mgr Maurice Taylor, emeritus Bishop of Galloway was Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes East Kilbride when he was appointed Bishop of Galloway in 1981. When first ordained Fr Nolan was sent as a curate to Our Lady of Lourdes and served under Mgr Taylor. Fr Nolan is now the second Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes to become Bishop of Galloway.
July 2013, Bishop Stephen Robson as Bishop of Dunkeld on 11 December 2013 and Bishop John Keenan as Bishop of Paisley on 8 February 2014.