Episcopal Ordination of Archbishop Leo Cushley,
St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh
On the feast of St Matthew the Apostle, during a moving celebration of Mass, Monsignor Leo William Cushley was ordained to the Episcopate and installed Archbishop and Metropolitan of St Andrews and Edinburgh by His Eminence James Michael Cardinal Harvey, Archpriest of St Paul’s Outside the Walls, at St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh.
Among those present in the full Cathedral were the priests of the archdiocese, religious priests, religious brothers and sisters and faithful from every parish. All had come to pray with and for their new shepherd as the pastoral governance of the archdiocese was passed to him.
In his homily, Cardinal Harvey said that, because of his consecration, ‘Monsignor Cushley will receive a special grace […] the grace to guide and defend the Church with strength and goodness as a father and pastor, with disinterested love for all and preferential love for the poor and needy.’ His Eminence was accompanied by two co-consecrators: Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, the former Apostolic Administrator of the archdiocese, and Archbishop Antonio Menini, the papal nuncio to the United Kingdom.
Also present in the Metropolitan Cathedral were members of Government including Rt Hon. Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister of Scotland, representatives of the Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh as well as consular representation from the city and ambassadors and diplomats who had known the Archbishop during his ministry in the Church’s diplomatic mission and his work at the Vatican Secretariat of State.
In a speech at the end of Mass, Archbishop Cushley spoke warm words of thanks to the cardinals, bishops and priests who had travelled to Edinburgh to be with him for his consecration. There were also special words of welcome and gratitude to those who were representing other Christian communions and who had come to pray with the Catholics of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh at this time.
At the end of his address, Archbishop Cushley addressed special words to his priests. His Grace spoke of the Holy Father’s wish for the clergy of the archdiocese: that they be ‘firmly resolved to be merciful, to forgive, to be humble, to re-build and to dialogue’. The Archbishop also exhorted the people to help the priests of the archdiocese to re-dedicate themselves to their priestly promises; he said ‘help us by your prayers and example to model our lives on the mystery of the Lord’s Cross.’ In his closing words he addressed encouraging words to the young and said that among them were already the future priests of the archdiocese who would one day themselves help to lead the Church.
After Cardinal Harvey gave the final blessing, the whole congregation asked for the help of the Mother of God in the singing of Salve Regina.
Ad multos annos!