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Maryvale Academic Appointed Bishop by the Holy Father
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Bishop Elect David Evans with Bishop Elect Stephen Wright and Archbishop Bernard Longley

We are pleased to announce that The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed our Programme Director for the BA (Hons) Philosophy and the Catholic Tradition, Canon David Evans, alongside with Canon Stephen Wright, as the new Auxiliary Bishops to serve the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

Archbishop Bernard Longley will celebrate the Episcopal Ordination of Bishops Elect David and Stephen at St Chad’s Cathedral at 12 noon on Wednesday 10 June (subject to change based on latest COVID-19 advice).

Archbishop Bernard said: “I am very grateful to Canon David and Canon Stephen for their readiness to serve the Archdiocese as Auxiliary Bishops."

“Our two new bishops will each bring considerable pastoral experience as Parish Priests to their new role."

“I am grateful to Canon David for serving several years ago as Episcopal Vicar for Coventry, Warwickshire and Oxfordshire and for caring for the Birmingham and Worcestershire parishes since last September, alongside his teaching responsibilities at the Maryvale Institute."

“In these troubling and uncertain days it is a blessing for us all to have two new bishops to help unfold the Lord’s plan for our Archdiocese in the years ahead and to care for our clergy and people.”

“Please keep me in your prayers. I continue to be blessed in serving the people of this Archdiocese and at this difficult time let us pray we will be wise and generous in caring for the most vulnerable in our society."

“St Chad, pray for us.”

Bishop Elect David Evans said: “After getting over the surprise of being told that I had been appointed an auxiliary bishop of Birmingham, I am looking forward very much to collaborating with Archbishop Bernard, in all that he is doing to preach the Gospel in the diocese and beyond."

“With St Chad and St Cuthbert to guide me, and with the prayers of priests, deacons and people, I hope to be a humble, diligent and receptive servant of the Church.”

Canon Evans was appointed as Course Director in Philosophy and the Catholic Tradition in February 2014. He is a priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, a member of the Metropolitan Chapter and of the Metropolitan Tribunal. After studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he was awarded a PhL summa cum laude, he served as a curate at St Mary’s the Mount, Walsall, when he was also chaplain to St Thomas More RC Comprehensive School. He became curate at St Aloysius, Oxford, two years later, before becoming lecturer in philosophy at Oscott College, the diocesan seminary. In the eighteen years he was there, he assisted at the weekends at St John Fisher, West Heath, Birmingham. He was dean of studies and vice rector. He co-ordinated the Oscott-Queen’s Joint Course on the Eucharist. He became secretary to the Bishops’ Conference Committee for Faith and Culture.

In 2001, Canon Evans was appointed parish priest of St Austin’s, Stafford. While there he became a member of English ARC from 2001-2006, he was episcopal vicar for Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Coventry. He undertook postgraduate research at Liverpool Hope University for a thesis entitled Wonder, Encounter and Wisdom. Laying the Foundations of Pastoral Philosophy. He served as parish priest of St Teresa’s, Charlbury and is a Member of Council at Newman University. He was appointed chair of the Diocesan Committee for the Year of Faith. His research interests are in metaphysics and epistemology, the history of philosophy, and the authors Ludwig Wittgenstein, Maurice Blondel and Edith Stein. He continues to be concerned with ecumenical dialogue, the dialogue with culture and with atheism, and with the philosophical aspects of preaching the gospel.

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