Vatican appoints Paisley Priest
Acting on the proposal of the Bishops Conference of Scotland, the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy has appointed Fr.Daniel Fitzpatrick as the next Rector of the Pontifical Scots College succeeding Monsignor John Hughes. Fr Fitzpatrick will take up his new post on 1st August 2015. A medical doctor prior to his ordination to the priesthood in 2001, Fr.Dan has been the Vice-Rector of the Scots College in Rome since February 2012.
A native of Paisley, Fr Dan Fitzpatrick was a parishioner of St.Mirin's Cathedral Parish, where his mother Margaret remains a parishioner. He attended St.Catherine's Primary School Annexe and St.John Ogilvie Primary School (both Paisley) prior to his secondary education at St.Aloysius College, Glasgow. He studied medicine at Glasgow University where he qualified as a doctor. Dr Fitzpatrick was training in general surgery when he felt the call to the Priesthood. He began his priestly formation at the Scots College Rome in 1995.
Reacting to his appointment he said:
"I am deeply humbled to have been nominated by the bishops as the next Rector of the Pontifical Scots College in Rome. Having been on the staff for over three years as Vice-Rector, I am aware of the importance of the seminary in the history of the Church in Scotland and of the vital role it continues to play in forming priests for the future".
In thanking Monsignor Hughes he also thanked the whole College community for its spirit:
"I would like to thank Mgr John Hughes who departs after six years as Rector for his work and encouragement and indeed the whole college community for their commitment and enthusiasm for the Gospel".
Reflecting on his experience and the task ahead Fr.Dan said:
"I have been greatly blessed all my priestly life and pray that I will be able to guide our men through their years for formation to ordination and look forward to welcoming the new men that God calls through the prayers of so many to serve in his Church as priests".
Archbishop Tartaglia, President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, reacted to the appointment by saying:
"As he takes up his new post of Rector of the Pontifical Scots College Rome, Fr.Dan Fitzpatrick enjoys the full support of the Bishops Conference and the confidence of the student community. As a former Rector of the Scots College myself, I wish him every success and blessing in his new and important responsibilities."
Bishop John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley, said:
"The whole diocese is proud and honoured at this appointment. Fr.Dan will do a good job in helping to form the next generation of priests for Scotland".
Notes to Editors
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2. Biographical Data
Fr.Daniel Fitzpatrick, MB, ChB, STB, STL.
Born: 15th September 1967
Parents: Daniel (deceased) and Margaret Fitzpatrick
St.Catherine's Annexe and St.John Ogilvie Primaries
University of Glasgow, MB, ChB, 1990
Gregorian University, Rome, STB, 1999
Accademia Alfonsiana, Rome STL, 2001
St.Patrick's Greenock, 2001-2006
St.Charles' Paisley, 2006-2007
St.James' Renfrew, 2007-2012
Vice Rector, Pontifical Scots College, 2012-2015
Lecturer in Moral Theology, Scotus College Glasgow, 2005-2009
External Professor in Moral Theology, the Beda College Rome, February 2015 - present
Member, Catholic Bishops of Great Britain and Ireland Joint Bio-ethics Committee, 2003 - present
Member, Board of the Anscombe Bio-ethics Centre Oxford, 2010-2012.
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