The West Midlands Combined Authority Faiths Round Table has identified that, while places of worship are closed for public worship,…
New Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Birmingham
Pope Francis has appointed Canon David Evans to be a new Auxiliary Bishop to serve the Birmingham Archdiocese. Canon Evans will take pastoral responsibility for the deaneries of Birmingham and Worcestershire, which were overseen by Bishop Robert Byrne until his appointment to Hexham and Newcastle in March 2019. If the current restrictions are lifted, the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Elect David will be celebrated by Archbishop Bernard Longley at St Chad’s Cathedral on Wednesday 10 June.
Archbishop Bernard said, ‘I am grateful to Canon David for serving several years ago as Episcopal Vicar for Coventry, Warwickshire and Oxfordshire and for caring for the Birmingham and Worcestershire parishes since last September, alongside his teaching responsibilities at the Maryvale Institute.’
Bishop Elect David Evans said, ‘After getting over the surprise of being told that I had been appointed an auxiliary bishop of Birmingham, I am looking forward very much to collaborating with Archbishop Bernard, in all that he is doing to preach the Gospel in the diocese and beyond. With St Chad and St Cuthbert to guide me, and with the prayers of priests, deacons and people, I hope to be a humble, diligent and receptive servant of the Church.’