Monsignor Leo Cushley, the Archbishop-elect of St Andrews and Edinburgh has released the names of the bishops who will be the traditional three principal consecrators at his episcopal ordination next month. They are:
His Eminence James Michael Cardinal Harvey, Archpriest of the Patriarchal Basilica of St Paul-outside-the Walls: Cardinal Harvey will be the principal consecrator and principal celebrant of the Mass of Episcopal Ordination/Consecration. Cardinal Harvey was Mgr. Cushley s first superior in the Secretariat of State and is a long-time colleague in the diplomatic service. Cardinal Harvey also worked as a deacon in a parish Edinburgh in the summer of 1974. Cardinal Harvey is from Wisconsin, USA.
His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, the Pope s representative in the United Kingdom.
Most Rev. Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow, in his capacity as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.
Mgr. Cushley has also commented on his meeting last Tuesday (13 August), with Pope Francis, saying;
"It was encouraging and very heartening to learn how well the Holy Father knows and appreciates the situation of the Archdiocese and its priests and people. He promised willingly to pray for all of us and at the end of a very cordial meeting asked for our prayers in return, which I promised him in everyone's name."
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Note to Editors:
1. Pope Francis nominated Monsignor Cushley on 24th July as the 8th Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh. He will be ordained to the episcopate on the feast of St Matthew (21st September) at St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh.
2. Monsignor Cushley is no stranger to Pope Francis or his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, whom he accompanied on official visits to Malta, Cyprus and the United Kingdom in 2010. In 2012, he was named "Prelate of the Anticamera" of the Apostolic Palace, a ceremonial post that includes assisting the Pope when he receives high-profile visitors and heads of state.
3. A full biography of Mgr. Cushley can be found here: