ARCHDIOCESE OF GLASGOW
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Archbishop Philip, for his family and friends, and for each other – the people of the Archdiocese of Glasgow.
Philip Tartaglia was born in Glasgow on 11th January 1951. He is the eldest son of Guido and Annita Tartaglia and had three brothers and five sisters. After his primary schooling at St Thomas’, Riddrie, he began his secondary education at St Mungo’s Academy, Glasgow, before moving to the national junior seminary at St Vincent’s College, Langbank and, later, St Mary’s College, Blairs, Aberdeen. His ecclesiastical studies were completed at the Pontifical Scots College and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
He was ordained Priest by then-Archbishop Thomas Winning in the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Dennistoun on 30th June 1975. He then returned to Rome to study for his Doctorate in Sacred Theology.
On completing his Doctorate in 1980, he was appointed assistant priest at Our Lady of Lourdes, Cardonald, while at the same time becoming a visiting lecturer at St Peter’s College, Newlands, Glasgow.
A year later, he was appointed Lecturer at St Peter’s College, Newlands, becoming Director of studies in 1983. When Chesters College, Bearsden, opened in 1985 he was made Vice-Rector. In 1987 he was appointed Rector.
He served as Rector until 1993, when he was appointed to St Patrick’s, Dumbarton, as Assistant Priest before being appointed Parish Priest of St May’s, Duntocher in 1995. In 2004, the Bishop’s Conference appointed him Rector of the Pontifical Scots College, Rome.
On 13th September 2005, Pope Benedict Xvi nominated him Bishop of Paisley. On 20th November 2005, he was ordained Bishop in St Mirin’s Cathedral by Archbishop Mario Conti who he was to succeed as Archbishop of Glasgow.
On 24th July 2012, Bishop Tartaglia was appointed Archbishop of Glasgow and was installed at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow, on Saturday 8th September 2012, the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
He died on 13th January 2021, the feast of St Mungo, the Patron Saint of Glasgow.
Following the death of Archbishop Tartaglia and in accordance with the rules laid down by the Church’s Code of Canon law, the College of Consultors of the Archdiocese of Glasgow has elected a Diocesan Administrator.
The new Administrator of the Archdiocese is Monsignor Hugh Canon Bradley, who has served until now as Vicar General under Archbishop Philip.
Mgr Hugh, having made the required Profession of Faith, now assumes day to day control of the functioning of the Archdiocese until the Holy Father, Pope Francis, names a new Archbishop of Glasgow. A native of Croy, Mgr Hugh was ordained by the late Cardinal Winning in 1989 and holds ecclesiastical degrees in Philosophy, Theology, and Church History from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome as well as a BA from Strathclyde University in Glasgow.
Mgr Hugh is currently Parish Priest of the historic old parish of Holy Cross, Crosshill, but has a wealth of administrative experience, having served as an official at the Congregation for Catholic Education at the Vatican, General Secretary of the Bishop’s Conference of Scotland, and latterly as Vicar General of the Archdiocese.
Following his election as Administrator, Mgr Hugh said: ‘We are all still stunned and sorrowing following the sudden death of Archbishop Philip. We will have to prepare his funeral in the difficult circumstances of the current health emergency and in conjunction with his family. We hold him and them in affection and prayer at this difficult time. The role of the Administrator is to ensure the proper functioning of the Archdiocese until a new Archbishop is appointed. I will carry out that task to the best of my abilities and I ask for the prayers of the clergy, religious and laity of the Archdiocese in so doing’.
URGENT – ACT NOW TO STOP ‘DIY’ ABORTION SERVICES BEING MADE PERMANENT IN SCOTLAND
The Scottish Government is currently deciding on whether to make the temporary measure allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions in Scotland permanent. Since home abortions were temporarily allowed, a number of significant problems have put the lives and health of many women in danger.
It is vital that as many people as possible contact their MSPs to ask them to write to the First Minister and other relevant ministers laying out the serious dangers with ‘DIY’ home abortions and ask them to ensure that the temporary order allowing ‘DIY’ home abortion is revoked as soon as possible and not made permanent.
Right to Life UK has set up an easy to use tool which makes it simple to contact your MSPs in less than one minute. This can be accessed by visiting the link – www.righttolife.org.uk/notodiyabortion
Many thanks to all our parishioners for your generosity towards our parish and clergy, it is most appreciated.
MANY THANKS – CARE AND COMPASSION
To everyone who continues to hand in food and clothing for those in need. We continue to make our contribution to all those who are struggling to cope on a day to day basis to anyone in need of our support. Any donations of food or clothing can be handed into the Church house.
‘You pray for the hungry, then feed them. That is how prayer works.’ – Pope Francis