Bishop of Argyll and the Isles (Catholic)

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This article is about the Roman Catholic office. For the Scottish Episcopal office, see Bishop of Argyll and the Isles (Episcopal).
Bishop of Argyll and The Isles
Bishopric
Catholic
Incumbent:
Joseph Toal

Province: St Andrews and Edinburgh
Diocese: Argyll and the Isles
Cathedral: St Columba's Cathedral, Oban
First Bishop: Angus MacDonald
Formation: 1878

The Bishop of Argyll and The Isles is the ordinary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Argyll and the Isles in the Province of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh, Scotland.[1]

The Scottish hierarchy was restored by Pope Leo XIII on 15 March 1878 and the ancient bishoprics of Argyll and The Isles were re-established and united under one bishop. The diocese covers an area of 31,080 km2 (12,000 sq mi) and comprises most of Argyll and Bute, the southern part of the Highland council area, the Outer Hebrides, and the Isle of Arran. The Episcopal see is in the town of Oban where the bishop's seat is located at the Cathedral Church of St. Columba.

The current incumbent is The Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Toal, who was appointed by the Holy See as the tenth Bishop of Argyll and the Isles on 16 October 2008 and ordained bishop on 8 December 2008.

List of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Argyll and The Isles[edit]

Roman Catholic Bishops of Argyll and The Isles
From Until Incumbent Notes
1878 1892 Angus MacDonald Appointed bishop on 22 March 1878 and consecrated on 23 May 1878. Translated to St Andrews & Edinburgh on 15 July 1892.[2]
1892 1918 George John Smith Appointed bishop on 31 December 1892 and consecrated on 25 April 1893. Died in office on 18 January 1918.[3]
1919 1938 Donald Martin Appointed bishop on 2 April 1919 and consecrated on 11 June 1919. Died in office on 6 December 1938.[4]
1939 1945 Donald Alphonsus Campbell Appointed bishop on 5 October 1939 and consecrated on 14 December 1939. Translated to Glasgow on 6 January 1945.[5]
1945 1959 Kenneth Grant Appointed bishop on 15 December 1945 and consecrated on 27 February 1946. Died in office on 7 September 1959.[6]
1960 1968 Stephen McGill, P.S.S. Appointed bishop on 4 April 1960 and consecrated on 22 June 1960. Translated to Paisley on 25 July 1968.[7]
1968 1990 Colin Aloysius MacPherson Appointed bishop on 2 December 1968 and consecrated on 6 February 1969. Died in office on 24 March 1990.[8]
1990 1996 Roderick Wright Appointed bishop on 11 December 1990 and consecrated on 15 January 1991. Resigned on 19 September 1996 and died on 23 May 2005.[9]
1996 1999 Sede vacante Keith O'Brien, Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh was appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles in June 1996 and resigned the post in October 1999.[10]
1999 2008 Ian Murray Appointed bishop on 3 November 1999 and consecrated on 7 December 1999. Retired on 16 October 2008.[11]
2008 present Joseph Anthony Toal Formerly Rector of the Royal Scots College in Salamanca, Spain. Appointed bishop on 16 October 2008 and consecrated on 8 December 2008.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Diocese of Argyll and The Isles. Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  2. ^ Archbishop Angus MacDonald at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 4 December 2011.
  3. ^ Bishop George John Smith at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 4 December 2011.
  4. ^ Bishop Donald Martin at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 4 December 2011.
  5. ^ Archbishop Donald Alphonsus Campbell at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 4 December 2011.
  6. ^ Bishop Kenneth Grant at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 4 December 2011.
  7. ^ Bishop Stephen McGill, P.S.S. at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 4 December 2011.
  8. ^ Bishop Colin Aloysius MacPherson at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 4 December 2011.
  9. ^ Bishop Roderick Wright at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 4 December 2011.
  10. ^ Keith Michael Patrick "Cardinal" O’Brien at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 4 December 2011.
  11. ^ Bishop Ian Murray at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 4 December 2011.
  12. ^ Bishop Joseph Anthony Toal at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 4 December 2011.