Vatican City, 14 April 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has appointed Fr. Alan Williams, S.M., as bishop of Brentwood (area 3,967, population 2,789,000, Catholics 225,700, priests 154, permanent deacons 11, religious 293), England. The bishop-elect was born in Blackburn, England in 1951, gave his solemn vows in 1976, and was ordained a priest in 1983. After teaching at St. Mary's College, Blackburn, he served as director of the national shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. He was subsequently chaplain at Sheffield Hallam University and priest of the parish of Sidcup in Southwark, as well as regional superior of the Marist Fathers. In 2008 he returned to the role of director of the national shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, in which he continues to serve. He succeeds Bishop Thomas McMahon, whose resignation upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.
On Saturday, 12 April, the Holy Father:
- appointed Fr. Columba Macbeth-Green, O.S.P.P.E., as bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes (area 414,378, population 117,000, Catholics 35,200, priests 21, religious 42), Australia. The bishop-elect was born in Forbes, Australia in 1968, gave his solemn vows in 1996, and ordained a priest in 1997. He has served in a number of pastoral roles, including: priest of the parish of Tarcutta, Wagga Wagga; prefect of novices in Tarcutta; first counsellor of the Australian Province of the Order; master of novices in Tarcutta; secretary of the Australian Province of the Order; sub-prior of the Penrose Park Monastery, Wollongong; and priest of the parish of Moss Vale, Wollongong. He is currently prior of the Monastery and rector of the Marian Valley shrine, Canugra, Brisbane, and provincial vicar of the Australian Province of the Order. He has also served as chaplain of the police of New South Wales and is currently chaplain of the police of Queensland.
- accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia, Ukraine, presented by Bishop Marian Buczek, in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.
- appointed Bishop Stanislav Szyrokoradiuk, O.F.M., auxiliary of Kyiv-Zhytomyr, Ukraine, and apostolic administrator “ad nutum Sanctae Sedis” of Lutsk, as bishop of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia (area 196,300, population 19,000,000, Catholics 40,000, priests 64, religious 97), Ukraine.
- appointed Bishop Vitaliy Skomarovskyi, auxiliary of Kyiv-Zhytomyr, Ukraine, as bishop of Lutsk (area 40,300, population 2,217,730, Catholics 27,160, priests 26, religious 19), Ukraine.
- appointed Bishop Giovanni D'Ercole, F.D.P., as bishop of Ascoli Piceno (area 840, population 107,503, Catholics 106,512, priests 111, permanent deacons 7, religious 151), Italy. He was previously auxiliary of the archdiocese of L'Aquila, Italy.
- appointed Fr. Maurizio of the clergy of the diocese of Faenza-Modigliana as relator of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Fr. Tagliaferri is ordinary professor of History of the Church at the Theological Faculty of Emilia-Romagna.
- confirmed Msgr. Guido Marini as Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations.
- appointed Professor Margaret Scotford Archer, Great Britain, as president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Scotford Archer is currently director of the “Centre d'Ontologie Sociale” at the EPFL Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, pontifical academic and member of the Council of the Academy.