Dunkeld’s New Bishop is Announced from Rome

Canon Andrew McKenzie – Dunkeld’s Bishop Elect

At 12 noon today (Monday 27th May 2024) in Rome (11am GMT) it was announced, that Pope Francis had nominated Canon Andrew McKenzie as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Dunkeld. He will succeed Bishop Stephen Robson who was Bishop of Dunkeld from 2013 to 2022.

Reacting to his appointment, Canon Andrew said:

“I am humbled by the trust that Pope Francis has placed in me by inviting me to be the next Bishop of the Diocese of Dunkeld. With faith in God’s guidance, and with some nervousness, I accepted his invitation.”

I look forward to getting to know the priests and people of the diocese and to joining them in the work of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I take courage in the understanding that I will not be working alone, for each of us has a role to play in the work of evangelisation.”

“I have good memories of the diocese from a previous role as Director of Priests for Scotland when I was a regular visitor to Dundee at the invitation of Bishop Vincent Logan. I look forward to reconnecting with people and places.”

“I know that this has been a difficult time for the Diocese of Dunkeld with the unexpected death of Bishop Elect Martin Chambers. We remember him and continue to pray for his eternal rest.”

Responding to the news Dunkeld’s Diocesan Administrator Fr. Kevin Golden said:

“The Diocese of Dunkeld rejoices today that our Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Canon Andrew McKenzie, a priest of the Archdiocese of Glasgow and the Administrator of St Andrew’s Metropolitan Cathedral in the city of Glasgow, to be the new Bishop of Dunkeld.”

“The priests, religious and lay people of the Diocese of Dunkeld assure Bishop-Elect Andrew of a very warm welcome, and we promise him our prayers and our loyalty. We look forward to his leadership and his shepherding of the flock in this Diocese.”

The priests and deacons of Dunkeld Diocese extend a warm welcome to Bishop Elect Andrew McKenzie

We renew our thanks for the Episcopal ministry of our Bishop Emeritus Stephen Robson, and we do not forget Father Martin Chambers, for whose eternal rest, we pray.”

A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Glasgow said :

Canon Andrew, succeeds Bishop Stephen Robson, who resigned due to ill health in December 2022 and Bishop-elect Martin Chambers, who was named to Dunkeld earlier this year but died before being ordained bishop.

Commenting on the news, Archbishop Nolan, said he was delighted, while recognizing that Glasgow’s loss was Dunkeld’s gain.

The Archbishop said: “We congratulate Fr Andrew McKenzie on his appointment as Bishop and may I also congratulate Dunkeld Diocese who now acquire a fine priest as their leader and guide.”

“In his 36 years of priestly service, the Archdiocese of Glasgow and the wider Church in Scotland have benefited from his talent, his commitment, his perseverance, and the high standards he has set in a variety of ministries.

“He has shown care for parishioners and care for his fellow priests, with a devotion also to the worthy celebration of liturgy and the praise and worship of God.”

The new Bishop holds a degree from St John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. He has worked in seminary formation, as National Director of Priests for Scotland and with the National Liturgy Commission and has wide pastoral experience including time as Parish Priest at St Joseph’s Tollcross and St Andrew’s Cathedral.  He has recently been co-ordinating the programme of discernment of pastoral provision in the Archdiocese of Glasgow.

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About our Diocese

The new bishopric appears to have included a great part of what afterwards became the Diocese of Argyll, and retained its jurisdiction over various churches representing old Columban foundations. There were thirty‐five bishops of Dunkeld from its foundation until the suppression of the Catholic hierarchy during the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century. The pre‐Reformation cathedral, situated in the Perthshire town of Dunkeld, was erected between 1220 and 1500.

After the Reformation the cathedral fell partly into ruins, although the choir is used for Presbyterian worship. The Catholic Church restored the diocese on 4 March 1878, by decree of Pope Leo XIII. Today, Dunkeld is one of the suffragan sees in the archiepiscopal province of St Andrews and Edinburgh, and includes the counties of Perth, Angus, Clackmannan, Kinross, and the northern part of Fife.

Today the diocesan cathedral is dedicated to St Andrew and is located in Dundee rather than Dunkeld, Dundee being the residence of the majority of the Catholics of the diocese and the largest centre of population. The cathedral chapter, erected in 1895, consists of a Provost and seven canons. Bishop Stephen Robson is the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of Dunkeld. We hope you find the site informative and that it will bring you up to date with all the events happening in our diocese. You will also find links to the wider Church community, not only in Scotland, but worldwide.

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