Pope Francis has today (Friday 4 February 2022) appointed Bishop William Nolan, as Archbishop of Glasgow. The new Archbishop will succeed Archbishop Philip Tartaglia who died in January 2021. Bishop Nolan is currently the Bishop of Galloway.
Reacting to the announcement, Bishop Nolan said: "I feel overwhelmed by the trust Pope Francis is putting in me by appointing me as Archbishop of Glasgow. It will be wrench for me to leave Galloway Diocese where for seven years I have experienced the kindness and friendship of so many people, particularly the clergy. God truly blessed me by sending me to Galloway and I hope that my successor there will be similarly blessed.
As I overcome my initial shock at being appointed Archbishop my thoughts now turn to the challenges that lies ahead. I look forward to working with everyone in the Archdiocese, laity and clergy, to carry out the mission that we share of proclaiming God’s good news and of bringing the joy of the gospel into the lives of the people of today.”
Bishop Nolan added:
“I am well aware of my own inadequacies and of the difficulties the Church faces today. Thank God therefore that we can sure of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the Church. As I leave the Diocese of Galloway behind, from now on I belong to Glasgow. And I assure the people of Glasgow of my commitment and dedication to them.
Please remember me in your prayers."
Welcoming the appointment Mgr. Hugh Bradly, who has been Administrator of the Archdiocese of Glasgow since the death of Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, said:
“I am delighted with the appointment of Bishop Nolan; I offer him a warm welcome to the Archdiocese of Glasgow and a promise of prayers on behalf of all the clergy, religious and laity. May our good God bless him with health and strength to lead us in faith.”
Commenting on the appointment, Fr. William McFadden, Vicar General of the diocese of Galloway said:
“As Bishop of Galloway, Bishop Nolan presented a pastoral vision with a genuinely collaborative approach. He led with humility and determination, inspired by the initiatives of Pope Francis, and focussing on the needs of the Church for the 21st century. This appointment will allow him to serve both the people of Glasgow and the wider Church with the same abilities with which he served us in Galloway for seven valuable years. We will miss him, but appreciate greatly the contribution which he made, and the legacy which he leaves.”
Bishop Toal also added his congratulations saying:
"It is great news to hear that Pope Francis has chosen Bishop Willian Nolan to be the new Archbishop of Glasgow. The thoughts and prayers of the community of the Diocese of Motherwell are with Bishop Bill as he becomes our Metropolitan Archbishop, being very much aware that he comes from Motherwell and as a Diocesan priest served in the Diocese for almost forty years. His long experience as a Parish Priest has been clear in his time as Bishop of Galloway and will continue to be so in his pastoral care of the Archdiocese. He follows in the footsteps of Cardinal Joseph Winning, another Motherwell priest who became Archbishop of Glasgow, and the fact that the two Scottish Archbishops will soon be from Motherwell Diocese is a testament to the faith of the local Catholic community and its vital contribution to the life and mission of the Church in Scotland."