|The Right Reverend
|Bishop of Dunkeld|
|Appointed||11 December 2013|
|Installed||9 January 2014|
|Predecessor||Vincent Paul Logan|
|Ordination||17 March 1979
by Gordon Joseph Gray
|Consecration||9 June 2012
by Keith Patrick O'Brien
|Birth name||Stephen Robson|
1 April 1951 |
Carlisle, Cumbria, England
|Parents||Leslie and Margery Robson|
|Reference style||The Right Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Lordship|
Stephen Robson was born in Carlisle, in the Diocese of Lancaster, on 1 April 1951. Baptised in the Anglican tradition on 15 May 1951, he became a Roman Catholic while a teenager. After secondary school he attended the University of Edinburgh where he obtained a degree in biological sciences with a specialisation in medical technology at Napier College of Science in Edinburgh. He was heavily influenced by the local Jesuit community while studying in Edinburgh.
Formation and further studies
Robson completed his studies for ordination at St Andrew's College, Drygrange. During his ministry at the Pontifical Scots College in Rome he gained a Licentiate and Doctorate in Spiritual Theology and a Licentiate in Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University. In 2004, his doctoral thesis, which was entitled "With the Spirit and Power of Elijah: The Prophetic-reforming Spirituality of Bernard of Clairvaux as Evidenced Particularly in His Letters", was awarded the Gregorian University's Bellarmine Medal (Theology), which is awarded to recognise the best theses submitted each year in both theology and philosophy respectively.
He subsequently held the following pastoral assignments:
- Parochial Vicar at St. Mary's, Kirkcaldy (1979–1981)
- Tutor at St Mary's College, Blairs (1980–1986)
- Assistant at the Department for Religious Education in Edinburgh then Episcopal Vicar and Director of the same (1987–1993)
- Pastor at Our Lady and St Margaret's, Duns (1988–1989)
- Pastor at Our Lady of the Waves', Dunbar (1990–1993)
- Pastor at St John Vianney's, Gilmerton. Edinburgh (1993–1997)
From 1998 to 2006 he was the spiritual director of the Pontifical Scots College in Rome.
On returning to Scotland he became Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh as well as pastor of the united parishes of Our Lady's in North Berwick and Dunbar. He also served as a judge of the Scottish National Tribunal.
Robson's appointment was announced on 8 May 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI and he received episcopal consecration on 9 June 2012, the Feast of St Columba, from Keith Patrick Cardinal O'Brien with Archbishops Antonio Mennini and Mario Conti serving as co-consecrators. He was assigned the titular see of Tunnuna in Tunisia.
As auxiliary bishop, Robson became a member of the bishops' conference. Following his consecration, he continued in his role as chancellor of the archdiocese and served as parish priest at Ss John Cantius and Nicholas, Broxburn, beginning in September 2012.[not in citation given]
Following the resignation of Cardinal O'Brien in February 2013 and the appointment of Archbishop Philip Tartaglia as apostolic administrator of the archdiocese, Robson was named as Archibishop Tartaglia's delegate in the day-to-day running of the archdiocese.
Bishop of Dunkeld
In March 2013, Robson was appointed as one of the twelve members of the McLellan Commission, the external review group tasked with investigating how the Scottish Church deals with abuse allegations, due to report in summer 2015.
|Catholic Church titles|
|Bishop of Dunkeld