2014-09-15 09:32:00

Pope appoints Msgr. Marcus Stock to diocese of Leeds UK

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has appointed the secretary general of the Bishops Conference for England and Wales, Monsignor Marcus Stock, Bishop of the diocese of Leeds, UK.

The diocese of Leeds has been without a bishop since its last pastor, Archbishop Arthur Roche, was appointed Secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments in 2012.

The diocese of Leeds is in the ecclesial province of Liverpool and is home to an estimated 150 thousand Catholics. 

Msgr. Marcus Stock was born in London, August 1961 He graduated in Theology from  Oxford (1983) and then, in Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University (1988).  He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Birmingham, on August 13, 1988.

He was assistant priest at the parish of Our Lady and St. Brigid's, Northfield; parish priest of St. Birinus; from 1991 to 1994 pastor of Dochester-on-Thames and from 1994 to 1999 of St. Peter's, Bloxwich. From 1999 to 2009 he was Director of the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Birmingham and at the same time the pastor at Coleshill, near Birmingham. From 2011 to 2013 he was Director of the Catholic Education Service.

Since 2009 he has been Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference of England and Wales and Director of the Faculty of Theology at Heythrop College, London. 

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