Bishop’s installation

Bishop Joseph Toal got a surprise at his farewell mass in his home parish of Roy Bridge as a parishioner came forward and presented him with a Motherwell shirt with 'Bishop' on the back.
Bishop Joseph Toal got a surprise at his farewell mass in his home parish of Roy Bridge as a parishioner came forward and presented him with a Motherwell shirt with 'Bishop' on the back.

The installation of the new Bishop of Motherwell, the Rt Rev Joseph Toal, takes place in Motherwell Cathedral on Monday at 7pm.

Bishop Toal was formerly Bishop of Argyll and the Isles based in Oban and becomes the fifth Bishop of Motherwell since the diocese was formed in 1947 and replaces Joseph Devine who retired last year.

Born in Inverness on October 13, 1956, Bishop Toal was educated at Roy Bridge Primary School, St Vincent’s College Langbank, St Mary’s College, Blairs, Aberdeen and the Royal Scots College in Valladolid, Spain.

Guests attending the installation include the Lord Lieutenant/Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, Presbytery Moderators of the Church of Scotland, representatives of the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Salvation Army.

Also present will be the provost, leaders and senior executives of North and South Lanarkshire Councils, senior officers from the Police and Fire Services, Lanarkshire MPs and MSPs and representatives of staff and pupils from all Roman Catholic schools across Lanarkshire.