Joseph Toal

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The Right Reverend
Joseph Anthony Toal
Bishop of Motherwell
Church Roman Catholic
Diocese Roman Catholic Diocese of Motherwell
Appointed 29 April 2014
Installed 8 December 2008
Predecessor Joseph Devine
Ordination 10 July 1980
Consecration 8 December 2008
by Philip Tartaglia
Personal details
Born (1956-10-13) October 13, 1956 (age 57)
Roybridge, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Denomination Roman Catholic
Residence St Gerard's Presbytery, Bellshill
Previous post Bishop of Argyll & the Isles

Joseph Anthony Toal is the Roman Catholic Bishop of Motherwell in Scotland.

On 29 April 2014 he was named by Pope Francis as the fifth Bishop of Motherwell, having served as Bishop of Argyll and the Isles since 2008.[1]

Born in Roy Bridge, Inverness-shire, Scotland on 13 October 1956, he was ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Argyll and the Isles at St Columba's Cathedral in Oban on 10 July 1980.[2]

After ordination he served in Daliburgh and Ardkenneth on South Uist, Campbeltown and Benbecula before being appointed spiritual director at the Royal Scots College in Salamanca, Spain, in 1999. He was then vice rector before becoming rector of the College.[citation needed]

Toal was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles by the Holy See on 16 October 2008 and consecrated to the episcopate on 8 December 2008. The principal consecrator was Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh. The principal co-consecrators were Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain and Bishop Ian Murray, Bishop Emeritus of Argyll and the Isles.[2]

On 29 April 2014, Bishop Toal was appointed by Pope Francis as the fifth Bishop of Motherwell. He was installed on Monday 23 June 2014 in Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral, Motherwell.


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Ian Murray
Bishop of Argyll and the Isles
2008 – present