31 July 2017
Retired Bishop publishes his fourth book at 91.
The former Bishop of Galloway, Bishop Maurice Taylor has published a book on the Sunday Gospels, written to provide “information, explanation and reflection” and designed to be used by individuals or groups in scriptural discussion and analysis.
Commenting on the book, Bishop Taylor said:
“This book, is an attempt on my part to respond to the call to share the gift of faith which God has given to me. It is a kind of companion to an earlier book of mine: ‘What Are They Talking About?’
“I hope it provides – information, explanation, reflection, suggestion, resolution. It may be useful, therefore, for individual or communal lectio divina, for small groups’ discussion, for homily preparation or for anyone interested in spending more time with the weekly gospel reading, either before or after hearing it read at Sunday Mass.”
Endorsing the book, the present Bishop of Galloway, Bishop William Nolan said:
“Once again Bishop Maurice Taylor blends his love of liturgy, his years of pastoral experience and his sharp mind in producing a book which will enhance the celebration of Sunday Mass by making the gospel readings more understandable and relevant to many.”
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Notes to Editors:
For a photograph of Bishop Taylor: https://www.flickr.com/photos/139632090@N07/35413318673/in/album-72157684270818731/
Weekday Thoughts on the Sunday Gospels (227 pages) costs £10.00 (inclusive of post and packing). It is obtainable at: bishopmauricetaylor.org.uk
Bishop Maurice Taylor was born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, in 1926. He was ordained a priest in Rome in 1950 and became Bishop of Galloway in 1981, retiring in 2004. He celebrated 65 years as a priest in July 2015.
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.
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.
He was ordained Bishop of Galloway by the late Cardinal Gray at an open-air Mass at Fatima House, Coodham on 9th June1981.
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.