Another excellent episcopal appointment from Pope Francis
Some excellent news today that the National Ecumenical Officer for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Fr Robert Byrne CO, has been appointed as an Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham.
Please pray for Fr Robert as he prepares for his episcopal ordination. He will be the first Oratorian bishop appointed in England since 1874, when Fr Edward Bagshawe of the London Oratory became Bishop of Nottingham.
Bishop elect Byrne’s episcopal ordination will take place at 11am on Tuesday 13 May 2014 at the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, St Chad’s Cathedral. He will succeed Bishop Philip Pargeter, who has been Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham since 1990.
Fr Robert Byrne's BiographyBorn in Manchester on 22 September 1956, the youngest son of Sidney and Monica Byrne.
St Bede’s College, Manchester
King’s College, London (BD and BD AKC)
Pontifical College of St Thomas Aquinas, Rome
Entered Birmingham Oratory
Chaplain, St Philip’s College, Edgbaston
Founder, Oxford Oratory
Provost, Oxford Oratory
Parish Priest, St Aloysius Parish, Oxford
Secretary of the Permanent Deputation of the International Federation of the Congregations of the Oratory
Trustee and Governor of Oratory School
Fr Robert Byrne’s pastoral areas will include the following six deaneries:
Birmingham (Cathedral, North, South and East)
Affirm and strengthen Catholic life in the Pastoral Area
Represent the Archbishop locally
Facilitate initiatives to strengthen and encourage the life of deaneries and parishes
Carry out formal visitations to parishes
Celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation
Fr Robert Byrne will become the titular bishop of Cuncacestre