New move for Bishop precedes Highland Priest’s summer retiral

Bishop Brian McGee
Bishop Brian McGee

One of the most popular priests in the Argyll and Isles Diocese, Monsignor Thomas Wynne, is set for a summer retiral.

Now in his mid-80s, he is parish priest at St Margaret’s Church in Roy Bridge, a large parish which covers the Catholic Churches in Spean Bridge and Invergarry.

During a 60-year career, Monsignor Wynne has served throughout the West Highlands and is due to retire from active ministry of church duties in June.

His departure will see the current priest from Benbecula parish in the Outer Hebrides, Fr. Danny Convery, move straight away to Roybridge in the Braes of Lochaber.

In an unprecedented move, the vacant parish of Isle of Benbecula will then be covered by the Bishop of Argyll and the Isles.

The new Bishop, Brian McGee, appointed by Pope Francis and inaugurated in February, is from Greenock. He’ll move from the Bishop’s House, beside Oban’s St. Columba’s Cathedral, to Benbecula, to experience the island life of a parish priest first hand.

The Argyll and the Isles Diocese has said Bishop McGee will be resident in the Isle of Benbecula from February until June.

He has said he wishes to learn the Gaelic language, and what better way than to immerse himself in one of his busy island parishes? From Benbecula, he’ll be well placed for visiting his far-flung flock of parishioners in the less populated areas of the Western Isles, by travelling to parishes in Lochmaddy North Uist, South Uist, Eriskay and Barra, as well as visiting the new church building in Stornoway.