This summer will see a change to the staff at the Scots College.
The Bishops Conference of Scotland have announced Fr. Stuart Parkes, the current parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, East Kilbride as the new Vice Rector of the Scots College in Rome. He will take up his appointment in time for the students returning in September after it was announced in May that Fr. Gerald Sharkey, the current Vice Rector is returning to the Archdiocese of Glasgow at the end of this month after 2 years in Rome, to become the Administrator of St. Andrew’s Cathedral in the city.
Fr. Parkes was ordained in 2001 in his home parish of St Cadocs, Halfway. He was then appointed by Bishop Emeritus Devine as Assistant Priest at St. Joseph’s, Blantyre. Then after 3 years in Rutherglen, at St. Columbkille Fr. Parkes moved to Airdrie in 2012 before taking up his current position in East Kilbride after the appointment of Bishop Nolan to the Diocese of Galloway in 2015.
His ministry to this point has also involved time as Chaplain to St John Ogilvie and Holy Cross High Schools. Fr. Parkes was also the Youth Chaplain until 2015 and has been involved as a Diocesan MC since 2003.
Speaking about his new appointment, Fr. Parkes admitted that the role will involve new challenges but he is excited to learn more about life at the Scots College and in Rome. The excitement, he admits, is not without some trepidation. The new Vice Rector describes the thought of leaving Our Lady of Lourdes after only 2 years as a wrench after being made to feel so at home by the parishioners there and the added task of some Italian lessons.
The man he replaces, Fr. Sharkey will take up his new appointment at the end of June and speaking about the news he said he was sad to be leaving the “eternal city and the Pontifical Scots College… but thankful for the trust of Archbishop Tartaglia.”
Meanwhile, Fr. Mark Cassidy, the Spiritual Director at the college, who had been due to return home to the Diocese of Dunkeld this year will be staying in Rome for another year after Monsignor Miller was unable to fulfil the appointment due to personal and family reasons.
We wish them all the best in their new roles and keep them in our prayers.