Canon Golden elected to succeed Bishop Robson at Dunkeld
By Peter Kearney
On January 2, 2023, in accordance with the canons of the Code of Canon Law relating to the provision of a diocesan Administrator, the College of Consultors of the Diocese of Dunkeld gathered at the Diocesan Curial Offices for the process of the Election of a Diocesan Administrator.
On the first Ballot, six out of seven electors voted for the Very Rev Canon Kevin James Golden MPS who is currently Parish priest of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Our Lady of Victories and Administrator of the Cathedral in Dundee. Canon Kevin was also a Trustee of the Diocese and held the post of Vicar General for the past four Years.
Canon Kevin said: “I humbly accept the office of Diocesan Administrator to which the College of Consultors have elected me. The post exists to facilitate the smooth running of the diocese until a new bishop is announced by the Holy Father. We pray that it will not be too long until such an announcement is made. In the meantime, I shall do all I can to serve the diocese of Dunkeld to the best of my ability and ask the help of the prayers of the people of the diocese.”
Emeritus Bishop Stephen Robson said: “I am grateful to Canon Kevin for agreeing to serve as Diocesan Administrator now that my request to Pope Francis to be able to retire early on health grounds has been accepted. I wish him every strength and blessing and offer him the promise of my prayers.”
Two previous Bishops of Dunkeld, Bishop William Andrew Hart and Bishop Vincent Logan, were from Dumbarton.
Picture: Canon Kevin Golden, centre left, with retiring Bishop Emeritus Stephen Robson and family members who congratulated him on becoming Diocesan Administrator in Dunkeld.