Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Nolan, formerly the Bishop of Galloway, to be the new Archbishop of Glasgow, succeeding Archbishop Philip Tartaglia who died in January 2021.
Bishop Nolan reacted to the announcement saying: “I feel overwhelmed by the trust Pope Francis is putting in me by appointing me as Archbishop of Glasgow.
“It will be wrench for me to leave Galloway Diocese where for seven years I have experienced the kindness and friendship of so many people, particularly the clergy.
“God truly blessed me by sending me to Galloway and I hope that my successor there will be similarly blessed.”
Bishop Nolan said that his thoughts ‘now turn to the challenges that lie ahead’.
“I look forward to working with everyone in the Archdiocese, laity and clergy, to carry out the mission that we share of proclaiming God’s good news and of bringing the joy of the gospel into the lives of the people of today.”
Bishop Nolan is the bishop for Justice and Peace Scotland and has a history of advocating for refugees and a stronger response to environmental issues.