Edwin Regan

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The Right Reverend
Edwin Regan
Bishop Emeritus of Wrexham
Church Roman Catholic Church
Province Cardiff
Diocese Wrexham
Appointed 7 November 1994
Installed 13 December 1994
Term ended 27 June 2012
Predecessor James Hannigan
Successor Peter Malcolm Brignall
Ordination 5 July 1959
Consecration 13 December 1994
by John Aloysius Ward
Personal details
Born (1935-12-31) 31 December 1935 (age 81)
Port Talbot, Wales
Nationality Welsh
Denomination Roman Catholic
Alma mater St. John's Seminary, Waterford

Edwin Regan (born 31 December 1935) is a Welsh prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as the second Bishop of Wrexham from 1994 to 2012.


Edwin Regan was born in Port Talbot, and studied at St. John's Seminary, Waterford, Ireland, where he was ordained to the priesthood on 5 July 1959. He then served as assistant pastor at St. Alban's Church in Pontypool (1959) and at St. Joseph's Church in Neath (1959–1966). From 1966 to 1967, he attended Corpus Christi College in London, obtaining a diploma in catechetics.

Regan served as chaplain to Porthcawl Convent from 1967 to 1971, whence he became director of catechetics and cathedral administrator for the Archdiocese of Cardiff. He was raised to the rank of Honorary Canon in 1978, and Chapter Canon in 1985. He was later pastor of St Helen's Church in Barry (1984–1989) and of St. Mary's Church in Bridgend (1989–1994).

On 7 November 1994, Regan was appointed Bishop of Wrexham by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 13 December from Archbishop John Ward, OFM Cap, with Bishops Daniel Mullins and Vincent Nichols serving as co-consecrators.

In addition to his Wrexham post, Regan was named Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Cardiff in December 2000, to assist the ailing Archbishop Ward in governing the archdiocese.[1] This appointment was considered unusual, as an Apostolic Administrator is normally named when the sitting Ordinary has either died or resigned. Regan remained in the post until the appointment of Peter Smith as the new Archbishop of Cardiff on 26 October 2001.

On 27 June 2012 it was announced that Pope Benedict had accepted Bishop Regan's resignation on reaching the age limit and had appointed Mgr Peter Bignall, Vicar General of Wrexham, to succeed him as third bishop of the diocese.


  1. ^ "Pope appoints stand-in archbishop". BBC News. 2000-12-19. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
James Hannigan
Bishop of Wrexham
Succeeded by
Peter Malcolm Brignall