Congratulation to Bishop James Curry KC*HS

Written by Communications

June 18, 2024

Monsignor James Curry, formerly parish priest of Our Lady of Victories in Kensington, has been ordained an Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Westminster in the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood.

Bishop James Curry KC*HS was ordained Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Westminster by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, along with principal co-consecrators Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP KC*HS and Archbishop George Stack KC*HS.

Bishop Jim is Chaplain to the Westminster Section.

In his homily, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, praised the gift of a new bishop and pointed to those who had gone before – from martyr saints in recusant times, like St John Southworth, to bishops who ministered when Catholics were harassed and threatened, like Bishop Richard Challoner in 1741.

His Eminence points out that the role of a bishop in contemporary times is not without its challenges:

“Our challenge is to find the right words and actions to speak to the hearts of so many in our society whose only preoccupation is with the troubling realities of each day, who have lost a ready openness to the presence and reality of God, and who have only the most tentative understanding of the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus, with his gifts of compassion, forgiveness and hope,” said Cardinal Nichols.

Speaking of ‘Episcopal attentiveness’, Cardinal Nichols offers his prayers and support to Bishop Curry and offers a template for his ministry:

“The bishop is the one sent to see, encourage, guide, correct. But he must do so in the same manner in which our Heavenly Father watches over us, with eyes first trained on our need for compassion, understanding and forgiveness,” said Cardinal Nichols. “This aspect of episcopal ministry can only be fulfilled when the bishop is truly attentive to those over whom he watches, accompanying them step by step. The routine of the bishop, then, of visiting parishes and deaneries, schools, hospitals and prisons, is important.”

From the Bishops’ Conference Press Release

We offer congratulations to Bishop Jim on this momentous occasion and wish him well in his new post.

Bishop James Curry KC*HS

Bishop Jim, pictured with His Excellency Michael Byrne KGCHS, following his ordination.

You can watch the full Episcopal Ordination below