Seminary Rector Is New Bishop for Northampton

NORTHAMPTON, England, MAR. 29, 2001 ( John Paul II has appointed Monsignor Kevin McDonald, rector of the seminary at Oscott, as new bishop of Northampton.

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The Pope also accepted the resignation of Bishop Leo McCartie, who reached the retirement age of 75 last September.

Kevin John Patrick McDonald was born in Stoke-on-Trent on Aug. 18, 1947. In 1968 he went to the English College in Rome to study for the priesthood. He gained his license in moral theology from the Gregorian University.

He was ordained a priest July 20, 1974, in Birmingham. His duties over the years included teaching moral theology at St. Mary´s College, Oscott, the diocesan seminary, and working in Rome at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, with a particular responsibility for Anglican and Methodist relations.

Northampton Diocese covers Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Berkshire up to the Thames. It has 75 parishes, 58 schools, 99 diocesan and 26 religious priests, and 25 permanent deacons.

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