BY Martin Dunlop | November 28 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print

11-ARCHBISHOP-CUSHLEY

Heroic work of clergy, religious and Faithful recognised by Archbishop Cushley

As he settles into his new role in St Andrews and Edinburgh, Archbishop Leo Cushley has spoken ahead of Advent of the ‘heroic’ work being achieved by clergy, religious and Faithful across the archdiocese.

“The archdiocese has not been without its troubles this year and this has tested the good will and charity of many of us, especially those engaged in a special way in the pastoral action of the archdiocese, clergy and people alike,” Archbishop Leo Cushley said in a message to St Andrews and Edinburgh parishioners as they prepare for the season of Advent.

“Although I have only recently arrived in Edinburgh, I have already been impressed by the heroic amount of work being achieved by the comparatively small number of priests and religious here, and by the laity—men, women and young people—who cheerfully give of their time and talent to proclaim the Kingdom of God in the world through their prayer and action in this very spread-out diocese.”

Since his Episcopal ordination in September, Archbishop Cushley (above) has met the majority of clergy and religious of St Andrews and Edinburgh and he noted that he has been ‘very touched’ by the welcome he has received from the archdiocesan Faithful.

“I only hope to serve you as well as you deserve, with the gentle but firm hand that our Holy Father Pope Francis has asked me to use in your regard,” he said.

As the season of Advent begins, the archbishop thanked parishioners for their ‘perseverance and courage’ and asked that they help in ‘continuing to work together for the healing of our Church at every level.’

“As the Christian New Year begins and as we prepare for the Lord’s Advent among us, consider if, when Christ returns, He will find charity in your heart,” the archbishop said. “If not, let me ask you to leave your pride at the door and to enter the church forgiven and purified in your conscience, especially through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This is surely the best way for us all to be reunited in charity, and to be ready to embrace the Lord at His appearing, with humble and loving hearts.”

 

—martin@sconews.co.uk

 

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