Archbishop Tartaglia, Mgr Hugh Bradley and Mgr Paul Conroy.

By Bill Heaney

The Archdiocese of Glasgow of which West Dunbartonshire and South Argyll is part has a new Vicar General to replace Dumbarton man Monsignor Paul Conroy, who stepped down last month.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia has named Monsignor Hugh Bradley to the important role, which he will fulfil while remaining Parish Priest of Holy Cross, Crosshill, in the south side of the city.

Paying tribute to his outgoing Vicar General, Archbishop Tartaglia said: “After seven years of dedicated and diligent service as Vicar General, Monsignor Paul Conroy has asked to stand down from this Office, and I have acceded to his request.

“Mgr Paul has been an invaluable friend, adviser and colleague in the work of governing the Curia and the Archdiocese. I wish him all health and happiness for the future as he continues his priestly ministry as Parish Priest of Sacred Heart, Bridgeton.”

The Archbishop said he was “pleased” and “grateful” to Mgr Bradley for taking on the role as he announced the appointment in a letter to priests.

He added: “Mgr Hugh comes well prepared for the role, having previously served in the Congregation for Catholic Education in the Vatican and as General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland.”

Mgr Bradley said: “I am honoured and humbled to take on the role in my home Archdiocese. I will do all I can to be a support to the Archbishop in his ministry and hopefully be of service to the clergy and the laity of the parishes of the Archdiocese as we go forward.”

Elspeth Glasgow, a dedicated Church worker, said: “Wishing Mgr Paul Conroy every success in the future and many thanks to him for his generous support to Glasgow Churches Together.

“We look forward to welcoming Mgr Hugh Bradley to Church leaders’ meetings’ and Ecumenical Events.”

Mgr Conroy’s brother, Gerry, is parish priest of St Patrick’s, Dumbarton.

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