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Archbishop Philip Tartaglia RIP


Please pray for the repose of the soul of Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow, who died suddenly on Wednesday 13th January 2021, the Feast of St Kentigern (Mungo), Patron of Glasgow.


Funeral Arrangements

The Funeral Rites for Archbishop Tartaglia will be celebrated in Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, subject to the restrictions that are in place. Only 20 of the Archbishop’s closest family and friends will be able to attend and people are asked to comply with the current advice to stay at home and to participate spiritually using the live-streams that will be available and are noted below.


Vigil and Reception of Remains of Archbishop Tartaglia on Wednesday 20th January at 6.30 pm accessible by using this link: https://youtu.be/idlkb2sNUcc


Funeral Mass on Thursday 21st January at 12 noon, accessible by using this link: https://youtu.be/tS6rtYC0DhM


Please continue your prayers for the repose of the Archbishop’s soul and for the comfort of his family.


A Tribute from Bishop Toal

On behalf of everyone in the Diocese of Motherwell, I express our shock and sadness on the sudden death of Archbishop Philip Tartaglia. We offer the support of our prayers to his family and the community of the Archdiocese of Glasgow, and join with them in commending his soul to the tender mercy of our Loving Father through the saving power of Our Lord Jesus Christ.


In the years I have shared with him in the episcopal ministry, I have heard him repeatedly express his steadfast belief in Christ and the need for Him to be at the heart of all we say and do in the Church, his Body. His faith was straight-forward and re-assuring, and from that came the wise counsel which he offered in the deliberations about, and the decisions taken, in so many areas of the Church’s Mission in Glasgow Archdiocese and in the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland. As his brother bishops, we will miss him greatly, and that sense of loss is shared with so many others.


It is good to remember with gratitude his priestly minister before he became a Bishop, in the parishes he served in and in the seminaries he taught and was the rector in. Those who attended his classes remember him as a gifted lecturer, and in later years he looked back with some nostalgia to these times of theological investigation and teaching as a time of much fulfilment and contentment.


He loved his native city, and the family and community he grew up in. It was hard to leave his parents and younger brothers and sisters to go to Junior Seminary to train for the priesthood, but it must have been a great joy for the family that both he and his brother Gerry were ordained as priests. We offer our sympathy now to all of them as they grieve the loss of their brother Philip, and pray with them that he will be united with their beloved parents and their recently deceased sister in Paradise, in the blessed company of Our Lady, St Mungo, and all the Saints.


May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace. Amen.


+Joseph Toal

Bishop of Motherwell

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