Peter Moran

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The Right Reverend
Peter Moran
Bishop Emeritus of Aberdeen
Province St Andrews and Edinburgh
Diocese Aberdeen
Appointed 13 October 2003
Installed 1 December 2003
Term ended 4 June 2011
Predecessor Mario Joseph Conti
Successor Hugh Gilbert, OSB
Ordination 19 March 1959
by Fernández-Conde
Consecration 1 December 2003
by Mario Joseph Conti
Personal details
Birth name Peter Antony Moran
Born (1935-04-13) 13 April 1935 (age 82)
Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Denomination Roman Catholic

Peter Antony Moran (born 13 April 1935) is the former Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Aberdeen, Scotland.[1]

Early life[edit]

Moran was born in Glasgow. After early schooling in Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire, he spent nine years in further primary and then secondary education at St Aloysius' College, Glasgow, a Jesuit day school.[2]


His formal education for the Catholic priesthood began with seven years at the Pontifical Scots College in Rome (1952-1959), where he was ordained priest in 1959, in the chapel of the Spanish College by Bishop Fernández-Conde of Córdoba.[2]

He holds the degrees of Ph.L. and S.T.L. from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome[2] and is also a graduate of the University of Aberdeen where he received an M.Ed. degree as well as the University of Glasgow where he earned an M.A. (Hons.) degree in Classics.[citation needed]

At the request of his bishop he attended the University of Glasgow to prepare for a teaching post in Blairs College, then the national minor seminary for Scotland. After graduating in 1963 he trained at Jordanhill College of Education and joined the Blairs College staff in 1964, where he remained until 1986.

He also served in a variety of pastoral appointments before becoming bishop: Priest in Charge of St. Mary’s Parish, Blairs; Parish Priest of Inverurie and also as chaplain to various schools.

For several years, he served as the Roman Catholic "corresponding member" of Gordon Presbytery of the Church of Scotland. He served from 1986 to 2002 on the Education Committees of now defunct Grampian Region and later of Aberdeenshire.

He is a Life Member of the Educational Institute of Scotland (E.I.S.) and chaplain to the French-speaking Catholic community of (mainly oil-related) expatriates in Aberdeen.

Bishop of Aberdeen[edit]

When Bishop Mario Conti became Archbishop of Glasgow on 22 February 2002,[3] Peter Moran was elected to the caretaker post of Diocesan Administrator of Aberdeen before being appointed bishop by Pope John Paul II on 13 October 2003.[4]

He was consecrated as Bishop of Aberdeen on 1 December 2003 by Archbishop Mario Joseph Conti in the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, Aberdeen.[5]

His personal motto is, in Latin, Gaudium et spes - "Joy and Hope" - which is also the title of Vatican II's Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World


  1. ^ "Pope chooses abbot as Bishop of Aberdeen". Catholic Herald. UK. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "From Glasgow college to Diocese of Aberdeen: Bishop Moran celebrates". The Jesuits in Britain. UK. 25 March 2009. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "New Catholic church leader welcomed". BBC News. UK. 21 February 2002. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Smith, Graeme (14 October 2003). "Canon Moran is new bishop of Aberdeen". The Herald. UK. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ordination of new Bishop of Aberdeen" (Press release). Scottish Catholic Media Office. 28 November 2003. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Mario Joseph Conti
Bishop of Aberdeen
Succeeded by
Hugh Gilbert