Archbishop hands on baton to new KSC national adviser

By David Keane

One of the main aims of the Knights of St Columba dating back to the order’s foundation has been to assist and support the Church hierarchy and clergy in all things appertaining to the Catholic faith and so it is most pleasing when a member becomes a priest. Brother Ryan Black, a member for 12 years, was ordained to the priesthood on 15 August at St Mirin’s Cathedral in Paisley by Bishop John Keenan, having completed his studies at the Scots College Seminary, Rome.

The KSC immediately made him a member of honour and our photo shows him receiving his certificate from the deputy supreme knight, Henry Welsh, at St Francis of Assisi, Port Glasgow. We are delighted to congratulate Father Ryan on his ordination.

Our own Archbishop Malcolm McMahon was a member of the Knights in London before joining the Dominican Order in 1976 and his subsequent ordination to the priesthood by the late Cardinal Basil Hume on 26 June 1982. For the last 15 years, the KSC has been honoured and privileged to have Archbishop Malcolm as our national ecclesiastical adviser but he has now decided to relinquish that office and we thank him for the advice and guidance given to us over the years and wish him well for the future.

Archbishop Malcolm will be succeeded by the Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, who has expressed his delight in being asked to assist the Order from the place where it was founded 101 years ago. Archbishop Philip was ordained as a priest on 30 June 1975 and became Archbishop of Glasgow on 8 September 2012. We extend a very warm welcome to him and thank him for accepting this role.

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