Installation of Bishop Tom Burns as 11th Bishop of Menevia

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The installation of Bishop Tom Burns as the 11th Bishop of Menevia takes place during Mass in St Joseph’s Cathedral, Swansea, on Monday 1 December 2008 at 1130.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor will conduct the Installation and the homily will be preached by Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Edinburgh.

The Mass of Installation will be concelebrated by Cardinals Murphy O’Connor and O’Brien, the Archbishop of Cardiff, Most Rev Peter Smith, the Welsh Catholic bishops together with 27 other Bishops from England and Scotland 5 Abbots of Religious Communities and over 80 priests from the Diocese of Menevia, Forces Chaplains the Marist Order, and elsewhere.

The Cathedral will be full to capacity with a congregation of over 450.

Among the invited guests will be:

The Lord Lieutenant of the County of West Glamorgan, D Byron Lewis CStJ, FCA

The Papal Nuncio (Ambassador of the Vatican state to the Court of St James) His Excellency , Archbishop Faustino Sainz Munoz

His Excellency Mr Anthony Bailey, KCSS, KCHS, KCMCO, KCFO, accompanied by his wife, Princess Marie-Therese von Hohenberg

The Deputy Mayor for the City and County of Swansea, Cllr. Alan Lloyd

Ecumenical guests including the Archbishop of Wales (Church in Wales) Most Rev’d Dr Barry Morgan

Friends, relations and military colleagues of Bishop Tom.

Representatives from every parish and Catholic school in the Diocese of Menevia

There will be a Royal Navy Guard of Honour provided by HMS Raleigh and also by soldiers from 3 Royal Welsh together with their Regimental Mascot.
A trumpet fanfare will be provided by the Band of the Light Cavalry.


This news release is issued on behalf of the Diocese of Menevia.