Pope Benedict Appoints Right Reverend George Stack as new Archbishop of Cardiff

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Note: Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop George Stack, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, to be the seventh Archbishop of Cardiff.
 Archbishop Stack will be installed as Archbishop of Cardiff on Monday 20th June at St David’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Cardiff, at 12 Noon.
 On Sunday 19th June Archbishop Stack will preside at a Celebration of Solemn Evening Prayer at St David’s Cathedral at 3.00 pm. All are invited to this celebration.

Press Release

Pope Benedict XVI has today appointed Bishop George Stack as the seventh Archbishop of Cardiff.
The date of installation as Archbishop of Cardiff will confirmed shortly. The Right Reverend George Stack, currently Auxiliary Bishop in Westminster, will succeed Archbishop Peter Smith, who was installed as Archbishop of Southwark last year.
“I am humbled and honoured at the trust Pope Benedict XVI has placed in appointing me Archbishop of Cardiff,” said Bishop Stack.

“Although I am sad to be leaving the Archdiocese of Westminster, in which I have served as priest for 29 years and auxiliary bishop for 10 years, I look forward to serving the people and clergy of the Church in Cardiff with love and faithfulness in the years that lie ahead.
“I am aware of the long and noble history of Christianity in Wales and the special gifts the Celtic people bring to the Universal Church. I hope to share in this rich tradition of faith.”
The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, archbishop of Westminster, thanked Bishop Stack for his long and dedicated service to the Diocese.
“As President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, I welcome the appointment of the new Archbishop of Cardiff. We are grateful to the Holy Father for making this appointment so soon after the arrival of our new Papal Nuncio. The See of Cardiff is an important one for the life of Wales and for the Bishops’ Conference. It is good to know that it will be filled with a bishop of such experience and dedication as Bishop George Stack. We welcome this appointment and assure Bishop Stack of our continuing prayers and affection.”

For further information contact:

Mgr Bob Reardon
Tel: 029 2037 9494

Catholic Communications Network (CCN)
Tel: 020 7901 4800

Archbishop-Elect George Stack will be available for a photo-call and interviews tomorrow at midday. The Venue for this event is:

The Archdiocese of Cardiff Pastoral Resources Centre
 910 Newport Road
 CF3 4LL
The Resources Centre is located in the grounds of St Illtyd’s Catholic High School and is accessed using the School Entrance. Follow the internal signs for ‘Pastoral Centre’. The telephone no of the Resources Centre is 029 20 360044.
Please advise Monsignor Bob Reardon if you wish to attend. Contact details above.

The Archdiocese, formerly the Diocese of Newport, was established in 1916 when the Cardiff Province was established comprising the Archdiocese of Cardiff and the Diocese of Menevia. The province was restructured in 1987 with the erection of the Diocese of Wrexham and alterations to the boundaries of the Archdiocese and the Diocese of Menevia. The Archdiocese of Cardiff covers the Unitary Authorities of Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan and the County of Hereford
Diocese of Newport and Menevia

1850-1880 Bishop Thomas Joseph Brown OSB
1880-1895 Bishop John Cuthbert Hedley OSB
Diocese of Newport

1895-1916 Bishop John Cuthbert Hedley OSB
Archdiocese of Cardiff

1916-1920 Archbishop James R Bilsborrow OSB
1920-1939 Archbishop Francis Mostyn
1940-1961 Archbishop Michael McGrath
1961-1983 Archbishop John A Murphy
1983-2001 Archbishop John Aloysius Ward OFM Cap
2001-2010 Archbishop Peter D Smith