Next RC Bishop of Lancaster named

LANCASTER'S next Roman Catholic Bishop has been named.

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Fr Michael Campbell OSA 'coadjutor' Bishop in the Diocese of Lancaster.

As coadjutor he will have the right of succession, thus on the retirement of Bishop Patrick O'Donoghue in the summer of 2009, Bishop Campbell will become the sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Lancaster.

On receiving news of the appointment Bishop O'Donoghue said he was "absolutely delighted to be able to welcome Bishop-elect Michael Campbell to the Diocese of Lancaster.

"How wonderful it is, that after many months of consultation, an appointment has been made of someone who is already known by many people in the Diocese since he worked here previously."

Fr Campbell was in fact ordained priest in the chapel of the Austin Friars School in Carlisle. Later he taught at the School, and was also the Episcopal Vicar for religious in the Diocese of Lancaster from 1990-1999.

"I am delighted that Pope Benedict acceded to my request for a coadjutor and very much look forward to welcoming Bishop Campbell in person and to work with him in the ongoing task of evangelisation, said Bishop O'Donoghue.

"The diocese of Lancaster has a proud and rich heritage of Martyrs - of witnesses to the Gospel - this work we proudly continue today. We are very blessed to have been sent this man of prayer and learning to help the Diocese become still more 'Fit for Mission'."