Maurice Taylor

Bishop Emeritus of Galloway, Scotland

MTaylor 1959

Rev Maurice Taylor -
St Peter's College


Bishop Taylor studied philosophy at Blairs College, Aberdeen, from 1942 to 1944 and then served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, at home, in India and in Egypt. He was at the Pontifical Scots College, Rome, from 1947 to 1951, studying theology at the Gregorian University and being ordained a priest in Rome on 2nd July, 1950.

After a year as assistant priest in Saint Bartholomew’s, Coatbridge, he returned to Rome in 1952 where he took his doctorate in theology in 1954. Another year as assistant priest followed, this time at Saint Bernadette’s, Motherwell, before he was appointed to the staff of Saint Peter’s College, Cardross in August 1955. He spent the next ten years there, teaching philosophy and, later, theology; for six years he was editor of Saint Peter’s College Magazine.

From 1965 until 1974 he was rector of the Royal Scots College, Valladolid, Spain. To mark the bi­centenary of the re-establishment of the college in 1771, he published The Scots College in Spain in 1971 and the same year was named honorary prelate to the Holy Father. On his return to this country in 1974, he was appointed parish priest at Our Lady of Lourdes, East Kilbride, a position he held until his elevation to bishop. He was ordained Bishop of Galloway by the late Cardinal Gray at an open-air Mass at Fatima House, Coodham on 9th June1981.

Bishop Taylor, in the years since 1981, has developed a great interest in Latin America and has made frequent visits to various countries there and particularly to Guatemala and El Salvador. He maintains close contacts with a number of dioceses in Latin America and particularly with Bishop Julio Cabrera of Guatemala, with whom he has stayed on many occasions. He has also spent some months (during the armed conflict) as a “supply” parish priest in the parish of Dulce Nombre de María in El Salvador. He was a member of a Pax Christi delegation which spent some weeks in Colombia. Bishop Taylor is vice-president of the Catholic Institute for International Relations (now Progressio) (London).

For more than ten years he was a member of the Episcopal Board of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), representing Scotland on that body. From 1997 until 2002 he was chairman of ICEL.

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