18 January 2021, The Tablet

Tributes to Bishop of Dunkeld Vincent Logan

Tributes to Bishop of Dunkeld Vincent Logan

Bishop Vincent Logan
Scottish Catholic Media Office

Bishop emeritus Vincent Logan, former Bishop of Dunkeld, died at the age of 79 in St Mary’s Home, Carnoustie, after contracting coronavirus on Saturday the 15th, a day after the passing of Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia on Friday. 

Vincent Logan was born in Bathgate, West Lothian, and was put on the path to the priesthood at a young age when he was enrolled for his secondary education at the junior seminary of St Mary's College at Blairs. He completed his education at St Andrew's College, Drygrange and was ordained to the priesthood in 1964.

Logan would go on to become a popular priest with a strong pastoral focus, becoming head of education in the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh until 1981, when he was installed as Bishop of Dunkeld, at the age of only 39, making him one of the youngest bishops in the world at the time. The bishop would go on to found Priests for Scotland, an organisation that exists to serve the pastoral needs of priests and organise retreats.

Remembered by SNP Angus MP Dave Doogan for the “the warmth and energy of his ministry”, Bishop Logan only reluctantly stepped down in 2012 after thirty years dedicated to his diocese, citing ill health. He is survived by his brother, James, and his nephews Vincent and James.

Tributes to the former Bishop of Dunkeld were immediate and heartfelt, with friend and fellow priest Paul Capaldi recalling him as “a great pastoral bishop, much loved by his priests.”

The president of the Scottish Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Hugh Gilbert described him as a “dedicated and energetic” colleague who had “a zeal in all he did”.

He went on to say “The bishops of Scotland offer our deep condolences and the promise of our prayers to Bishop Stephen Robson and all the clergy and people of the Diocese of Dunkeld as they remember Bishop Vincent.”

Archbishop Leo Cushley said of the late bishop "He was held in high regard and was nominated bishop at an extraordinarily young age in recognition of his talents and gifts, especially in education.

“He enjoyed a distinguished time as Bishop and, as a priest of our Archdiocese, he is remembered with affection and respect. May he rest in peace.”

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