Archbishop Cushley has announced that Fr Emmanuel Chorbe, currently Assistant Priest at St Mary's, Bathgate, will become the temporary Administrator of St Joseph's, after the departure of the Augustinians. His appointment will be effective from 18th April 2020.
He hopes to visit the Parish for a week before taking up his appointment. We look forward to welcoming him to the Parish community.
2020 sees a landmark year for the Parish, as we celebrate not only the 70th anniversary of our foundation in 1950, but also the 25th anniversary of the arrival of the Augustinians to Broomhouse in 1995.
A Mass of Thanksgiving will be held in the church on Thursday 19th March, the Feast of St Joseph. This will also be an opportunity for the parish to thank the Augustinians for their service, as they prepare to withdraw from the Parish after Easter. The principal celebrant will be Archbishop Leo Cushley.
All friends and former parishioners are invited to attend.
In the last few weeks, the Augustinians have announced their intention to sadly withdraw from St Joseph's, the week after Easter. This will also unfortunately bring an end to the Augustinian presence in Scotland.
The community of three friars will be taking up new appointments. In fact, Fr Paul Graham has already begun his new ministry as Assistant General in Rome. The Provincial and his Council have just published the list of new appointments. Fr Ian Wilson is appointed to Clare Priory as Parish Priest; Fr Sean Quinlan is appointed to St Mary’s Harborne, Birmingham. Fr Sean and Fr Ian will take up their new appointments after Easter.
The news has come as a bit of a shock to the Parish, and we are sad to see the Augustinians leave. 2020 sees the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Parish in 1950, and the 25th anniversary of the arrival of the Augustinians in 1995. Both celebrations are now tinged with sadness.
However, we thank the Augustinians for their 25 years of service in Broomhouse, and we look forward in hope to a new chapter in the history of St Joseph's.