Westminster Gets 2 New Auxiliary Bishops

LONDON, APR. 12, 2001 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II has appointed two new auxiliary bishops for the Diocese of Westminster: Monsignors Arthur Roche and George Stack.

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Monsignor Roche has been general secretary of the Catholic Bishops´ Conference of England and Wales since 1996, and Monsignor Stack has been administrator of Westminster Cathedral since 1993. They will assist the archbishop, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O´Connor.

Arthur Roche was born March 6, 1950, in Batley, West Yorkshire. He earned a bachelor´s degree in theology from the English College, Valladolid, in 1969. He was ordained July 19, 1975, at St Joseph´s Church in Batley Carr, by the bishop of Leeds. He was vice chancellor of the diocese from 1979 to 1989, and the coordinator of the papal visit to York in 1982.

In 1991, Father Roche studied at the English College in Rome, and gained a license in theology from the Gregorian University. The following year he was appointed spiritual director at the English College.

George Stack was born May 9, 1946, in Cork, Ireland. He attended St Aloysius´ Secondary School, Highgate, before studying for the priesthood at St Edmund´s College, Ware, from 1966 to 1972.

He was ordained May 21, 1972. In 1990, he was appointed vicar general for clergy in the Westminster Diocese, and was based at Archbishop´s House.

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