Former bishop celebrates 90

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Bishop Maurice Taylor former Bishop of Galloway, celebrated his 90th birthday last week on Thursday, May 5.

After Mass on Sunday, May 8 parishioners of Saint Margaret’s Cathedral, Ayr marked the occasion with gifts and a birthday cake.

Bishop Taylor thanked everyone for the many cards, gifts, good wishes and acts of kindness he received.

Born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire he attended St Cuthbert’s Primary, Burnbank, before going on to St. Aloysius’ College, Glasgow, and, later, Our Lady’s High School, Motherwell. He studied philosophy at Blairs College, Kincardineshire, from 1942 to 1944 and then served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, at home, in India and in Egypt. He attended the Pontifical Scots College, Rome from 1947 to 1951, studying theology at the Gregorian University and being ordained a priest in Rome on July 2, 1950. After a year as assistant priest in St Bartholomew’s, Coatbridge, he returned to Rome in 1952 where he took his doctorate in theology in 1954. For 10 years from August 1955 he taught philosophy and theology at St Peter’s College, Cardross.

From 1965 until 1974 he was rector of the Royal Scots College, Valladolid, Spain. He was ordained Bishop of Galloway by Cardinal Gordon Gray on June 9. 1981. For more than ten years he represented Scotland on the Episcopal Board of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), and was its chairman from 1997 until 2002. He retired as Bishop in 2004.