COVID 19: Bishops mourn the death of Bishop Emeritus Vincent Logan 

Bishop Vincent Logan at the Red Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. The Mass is celebrated to mark the opening of the Legal Year at the Court of Session. Archbishop Leo Cushley and the late Bishop William Murray are pictured with Bishop Logan (centre) and Archbishop Cushley in the pre-Mass procession. Pictures by Bill Heaney

By Bill Heaney

Bishop Emeritus Vincent Logan, the Bishop of the diocese of Dunkeld, which includes the cities of Perth and Dundee, has died. He was 79.

Following the death today, which sadly follows just a day after the death of Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, Bishop Hugh Gilbert, issued the following statement: “It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Vincent Logan, the retired bishop of Dunkeld.

“The bishops of Scotland offer our deep condolences and the promise of our prayers to Bishop Stephen Robson and all the clergy and people of the Diocese of Dunkeld as they remember Bishop Vincent.

“Coming only a day after the death in Glasgow of Archbishop Philip Tartaglia marks this week as one of loss and mourning for the Catholic church in Scotland.

“Bishop Vincent Logan was dedicated and energetic. His episcopal ordination in 1981 at the age of 39 made him one of the youngest bishops in the world and gave him an energy and zeal in all he did.

“His commitment to Catholic Education was well known and his robust defence of it will be long remembered.

“On behalf of the Bishops of Scotland, we commend his soul into the hands of God and pray that he may enjoy eternal rest.”

Bishop Logan, pictured right, had connections with Dumbarton. His aunt, Miss Logan, was a teacher with Sister Gertrude in the infant department of St Patrick’s Primary School in McLean Place.

One of his predecessors in Dunkeld was Bishop William Andrew Hart, who came from a well known Dumbarton family, one of whom is Monsignor Daniel Hart, a former pupil of St Patrick’s High School, who organised the successful Papal Visit to Scotland of Saint Pope John Paul II in 1983.

The current Bishop of Dunkeld, Bishop Stephen Robson, has issued the following statement:  “Vincent Logan was Bishop of the diocese of Dunkeld for almost 32 years before his retirement on June 30th, 2012.

“He was appointed to Dunkeld by Saint John Paul II and consecrated Bishop by Cardinal Gordon Joseph Gray on 26th February 1981.  Sadly his retirement years, from 2012 to the present were affected by a good deal of ill health which affected his mobility.

“He died earlier this morning, 14th January 2021, the day after his good friend Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow alongside whom he served on the Bishops Conference of Scotland. Both bishops succumbed to the lethal effects of the Coronavirus.”

“Bishop Vincent is survived by one remaining brother, James, and by two nephews Vincent and James, to whom our condolences are offered.  His faithful PA, Press Officer and friend of 40 years, Elaine Harrison, has cared for him in an exemplary manner especially over the years of his retirement.  Though devastated by his death, Elaine is happy that Bishop Vincent is now at peace with the Good Lord.”

Bishop Vincent Logan was born in Bathgate, West Lothian, on 30th June 1941. After education in St Mary’s Academy, Bathgate, St Mary’s College, Blairs and St Andrew’s College, Drygrange,  Vincent was ordained priest by Cardinal Gray in Edinburgh on 14th March 1964.

Following on from a number of diocesan appointments as assistant priest in Edinburgh, and further studies in catechetics in Corpus Christi College London, Vincent was appointed, Diocesan Advisor in RE, Director of the RE Office in the Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh, and finally Vicar Episcopal for Education in the Archdiocese from 1977-1981.

His final parochial appointment in the Archdiocese was as Parish Priest of St Mary’s, Ratho, from 1977-1981. Following on from his consecration as Bishop of Dunkeld on 26th February 1981, he served for 32 very energetic and innovative years both in the Diocese and in the Bishops Conference. His work was greatly appreciated at all times.

“Much can be said about Bishop Vincent’s achievements, but these can wait for a more leisurely time once the pandemic dangers have passed and we can celebrate Bishop Vincent’s Requiem Mass more appropriately. The funeral arrangements are as yet unknown, but the Mass and burial will be recorded and streamed, so that all who have access to the internet will be able to participate. With every blessing to you all and a request for prayers for Bishop Vincent.”

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