Parish shake-up causes clergy migration

The Church in Scotland is seeing its largest movement of clergy in years with more than 50 parishes getting new priests this month.

The Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh has the most with 19 priests on the move, followed by 14 in the Archdiocese of Glasgow.

10 priests are being re-appointed in the Diocese of Paisley, as well as five in Motherwell and two in Dunkeld.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Glasgow said: “It is a great tribute to our priests that they so readily accept the new challenges of taking on new parishes, often after a settled period in an area they know and where they have made friends and worked hard for their communities.”

The spokesman said the new appointments ‘mean a period of adjustment for parishioners too as they get used to their new priest.’

“However change can be good and stimulating for all concerned,” he said.

“The Archbishop is very grateful for all the clergy affected by the changes in September and thanks them for their willingness to take on new challenges at the service of the Gospel.”

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