Monsignor Cunningham, 66, is pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish in Greenock and vicar general of the Diocese of Paisley.
The bishop-elect is one of three brothers, all of whom are priests in the Diocese of Paisley.
John Cunningham was born Feb. 22, 1938. He studied at the Scots College and the Gregorian University in Rome in the early 1960s. He was ordained a priest on June 29, 1961.