Catholics in Galloway have welcomed the appointment of a new bishop.
Pope Francis nominated Fr. Frank Dougan as the new bishop of the Diocese of Galloway on 22nd December. He will succeed Archbishop William Nolan, who was Bishop of Galloway from 2014 to 2022, when he became Archbishop of Glasgow. It has since been administered by Fr. William McFadden.
Reacting to his appointment, Fr. Frank said: “I am humbled and more than a little bit nervous that Pope Francis has asked me to take on this office. I feel confident however that I will not be alone in spreading the joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I will be joining with every single person in Galloway Diocese all of whom have a role to play, my role being just one of them.”
“With God’s grace and the deep faith of the Church in Galloway we can continue to build on the solid foundations left by those who have come before us, stretching back to St. Ninian who first planted the seeds of the Christian faith in Scotland here in Galloway.”
Responding to the news, Diocesan Administrator Fr. William McFadden said: “On behalf of the community in the Diocese of Galloway, I am delighted to warmly welcome Fr Dougan as our new bishop. I can assure him of an enthusiastic welcome as he comes among us bringing his unique pastoral leadership and skills. I look forward to working with him, and in continuing the implementation in the diocese of the pastoral and prophetic vision offered by Pope Francis for the Church today. “
Reacting to the announcement, Bishop Joseph Toal, the Bishop of Motherwell, said: “I am very happy to hear that Fr Dougan has been chosen by the Holy Father as the new Bishop of Galloway. My thoughts and prayers are very much with him at this time.
“We will miss Fr Frank in Motherwell as his ministry extended beyond the Parish to Our Lady and St Bride’s Secondary School and Hairmyres Hospital, along with his Canon Law responsibilities in the Diocese and with the Interdiocesan Tribunal. I am sure the wide pastoral experience gained here will be of great benefit in his episcopal ministry.”