Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Auxiliary Bishop Named

The Vatican has announce the following:


On May 8, 2012 the Holy Father appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh (Scotland) Reverend Monsignor Stephen ROBSON, of the clergy of the same Archdiocese, assigning him the titular see of Tunnuna.

Curriculum Vitae of Stephen Bishop Robson


Bishop Stephen Robson was born in Carlisle, in the diocese of Lancaster, on 1 April 1951. After secondary school he attended the University of Edinburgh where he obtained a degree in Biological Sciences with a specialisation in medical technology at Napier College of Science in Edinburgh.

He completed his ecclesiastical studies at St. Andrew's College Drygrange, earning a Licentiate and Doctorate in Spiritual Theology, and a Licentiate in Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University during his years at the Pontifical Scottish College in Rome.

He was ordained priest March 17, 1979 for the Archdiocese of Edinburgh.

Later he held the following pastoral assignments: Parochial Vicar at St. Mary's Kircaldy (1979-1981), tutor at Blairs College (1980-1986), Assistant at the Department for Religious Education in Edinburgh then Episcopal Vicar and Director of the same (1987-1993) and pastor, first at Our Lady and St. Margaret in Duns (1988 - 1989), then to Dunbar (1990-1993), then to St. John Vianney in Edinburgh (1993-1997).

From 1998 to 2006 he was Spiritual Director of the Pontifical Scottish Seminary in Rome.  On returning to Scotland he became Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh, and pastor of the united parishes of Our Lady's in North Berwick and Dunbar.


I have had the good fortune in meeting Bishop elect Robson once or twice in the past and know that others, who are much better acquainted with him, hold high in very high esteem both as a spiritual advisor and priest in addition to being a true gentleman. 

He has made Fr Emerson FSSP welcome in his parish over the past two years, or more, where the Forma Extraordinaria is offered once a month.

In my honest opinion I truly believe he will be a very welcome addition to the episcopate of Scotland.  Thank you Holy Father for giving us in Scotland such a worthy priest.

May God grant him strength as he takes up this burden and may he be a true shepherd of Your sheep in the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.  Our Lady, Queen of May, watch over him.

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