Church’s new bishop meets Rothesay congregation

Bishop Brian McGee (third from left) with members of the St Andrew's Church congregation, other church representatives and parish priest Father Michael Hutson.
Bishop Brian McGee (third from left) with members of the St Andrew's Church congregation, other church representatives and parish priest Father Michael Hutson.

The new Roman Catholic Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, Brian McGee, visited Bute for the first time in his new role this week.

He celebrated mass at St Andrew’s Church in Rothesay on Wednesday evening before meeting and chatting to parishioners at a social event afterwards.

Mr McGee’s appointment was announced in December, though he only took up the post a little more than a month ago; he was previously vicar-general of the Diocese of Paisley and parish priest of Holy Family Parish in Port Glasgow.

Wednesday’s service was also attended by the island’s two Church of Scotland ministers, Drew Barrie from Rothesay Trinity and Owain Jones of the United Church of Bute.

Speaking of his early experience of his new diocese, Mr McGee said: “There’s a lot of driving involved - but the scenery is spectacular and I’ve had a really warm welcome from everyone I’ve met.”

His appointment ended a 21-month period in which the post of Bishop of Argyll and the Isles was vacant, after Bishop Joseph Toal was made Bishop of Motherwell in 2014.