New Bishop of Leeds pledges to dedicate himself to role

The new Bishop of Leeds Marcus Stock. Picture by Scott Merrylees.
The new Bishop of Leeds Marcus Stock. Picture by Scott Merrylees.
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The new Bishop of Leeds has pledged to dedicate himself entirely to the Diocese of Leeds.

After his selection for the post by Pope Francis, Monsignor Marcus Stock, who has been the general secretary of the Bishops’ Conference since 2009, was presented as the 10th Bishop of Leeds at a press conference at Hinsley Hall, in Headingley, yesterday.

The 53-year-old replaces Archbishop Arthur Roche who left for Rome in 2012 to take up the position of secretary of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Sacraments in the Curia of the Holy See.

He will be consecrated as bishop at Leeds Cathedral on November 13 but will move into the Bishop’s House at the end of October.

Bishop of Leeds Marcus Stock said: “I am overwhelmed at the trust which the Holy Father has placed in me.

“I have written to the Holy Father and assured him, as the Successor of St Peter and Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church, of my loyal and filial love, and of my intention to give myself entirely to the service of the Diocese of Leeds.”

The bishop, who is originally from Birmingham, has asked for patience as he spends time getting to know the clergy and residents of the diocese, while expressing thanks to those who have led the diocese before him.

He said: “Thanks to my predecessors, Archbishop Arthur Roche and Bishop David Konstant, on whose firm legacy I can only hope to build, and, my thanks to Mgr John Wilson, the Chapter of Canons and all the clergy and lay people who have given untiring and generous service in leading and caring for the Diocese of Leeds over the past two years.”

Having been ordained as a priest in 1988, he served as a parish priest across his home city – most recently at the parish of the Sacred Heart and St Theresa in Coleshill.

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, said: “The Diocese of Leeds is receiving a fine man as its new bishop.”

Visit www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk for further information on the appointment.

Sarah Champion MP

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