Clerical Appointments for the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles

Canon William Fraser retires from the Parish of the Visitation, Taynuilt.

Fr Roddy Johnston moves from Parish Priest of Our Holy Redeemer, Stornoway to be Parish Priest of St Mun’s, Ballachulish and Parish Priest of the Parish of the Visitation, Taynuilt. Fr Roddy will also be chaplain to the Craig Lodge Community.

William MacLean moves from Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Assumption, Skye to be Parish Priest of Our Holy Redeemer, Stornoway.

Fr Roddy McAuley moves from Parish Priest of St John the Evangelist, Caol to be Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and St Mun, Dunoon.

Fr David Connor moves from Parish Priest of St Margaret’s, Lochgilphead to become Parish Priest of the Lochaber Cluster: The Immaculate Conception, Fort William; St John the Evangelist, Caol; St Mary and St Finnan, Glenfinnan and Our Lady of the Angels, Mingarry.

Monsignor James MacNeil will become Administrator of St Margaret’s, Lochgilphead as well as remaining Administrator of St Columba’s Cathedral, Oban.

Fr Noel Ugoagwu msp will move from his temporary appointment at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and St Mun, Dunoon to be Administrator of Our Lady of the Assumption, Skye.

Fr Emmanuel Alagbaoso moves from Assistant Priest of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Castlebay and St Barr’s, Northbay, Isle of Barra to be Assistant Priest  of the Lochaber Cluster: The Immaculate Conception, Fort William; St John the Evangelist, Caol; St Mary and St Finnan, Glenfinnan and Our Lady of the Angels, Mingarry.

Fr Ronald Campbell has been appointed as Assistant Priest to St Margaret’s, Lochgilphead.

Deacon Thomas Wynne will also minister within the Lochaber Cluster: The Immaculate Conception, Fort William; St John the Evangelist, Caol; St Mary and St Finnan, Glenfinnan and Our Lady of the Angels, Mingarry.

These new appointments will take effect on Monday 12th August 2019.

I sincerely thank Canon Fraser, who will be retiring next month, and Monsignor Donald MacKinnon and Fr Joe Calleja who retired earlier this year for their many years of service to the Lord, our Diocese and the wider Church. May they long continue to be instruments of God’s grace. I also want to again thank Fr Andrew Barret for his service to the Diocese.

I also publicly thank the priests who have agreed to move from their parishes. Moving from your home and the people you have come to love is never easy, and I am very grateful to them for their generosity of spirit at this challenging time for this diocese. I also thank Monsignor MacNeil for taking on an extra duty.

I look forward to ordaining Rev Ronald Campbell to the priesthood in a fortnight’s time. I thank Deacon Ronald for offering his life to the Lord and to our Diocese and I know that he will be in all of our prayers at this time.

Bishop Brian McGee

27th June 2019