Event - Welcoming Bishop Byrne

13 May 2014

Pope Francis has appointed as the new Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, Fr Robert Byrne CO, until now National Ecumenical Officer for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

Fr Robert Byrne's episcopal ordination took place at 11am on Tuesday 13 May 2014 at the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, St Chad's Cathedral. Ms Tallon and Mrs Adamo were honoured to represent the Parish and school at this special event.

Bishop Robert Byrne will succeed Bishop Philip Pargeter, who has been Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham since 1990.

Fr Robert Byrne said: "I am deeply honoured and humbled that the Holy Father, Pope Francis has appointed me as Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham. His example will continue to inspire and shape my ministry in Birmingham, especially to serve the poor, the marginalised and those who may feel alienated from God and society. In the spirit of St Philip Neri – the founder of the Oratory and a saint with a great sense of humour - I am committed to helping share the joy of the Gospel message with others. I began my priestly ministry in Birmingham twenty nine years ago and I look forward to renewing my friendships and to making my home once again in this great city."

The Abbey school and parish look forward to welcoming Bishop Robert Byrne to celebrate Confirmation in 2015.