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Mario Joseph Conti - Archbishop of Glasgow

Mario Joseph Conti, son of Louis Joseph Conti and Josephine Quintilia Conti (ms Panicali) was born at Elgin, Moray, 20th March 1934.

He was educated at St Marie’s Convent, Elgin and Springfield School, Elgin and entered the Minor Seminary of St Mary’s College, Blairs.

He was then, in 1952, sent by Bishop Francis Walsh to the Scots College, Rome, to study for the priesthood for the Diocese of Aberdeen.

He gained a Licence in Philosophy in 1955 and also in Theology in 1959 both from the Gregorian University, Rome. He was ordained Priest in the Church of San Marcello al Corso, Rome, by Archbishop Luigi Traglia on 26th October 1958.

After completing his studies in 1959, he was appointed Assistant Priest, St Mary’s Cathedral, Aberdeen, where he remained until he was appointed Parish Priest of St Joachim’s, Wick and St Anne’s, Thurso in 1962. He was nominated Bishop of Aberdeen on 28th February 1977, was ordained bishop by His Eminence Gordon Cardinal Gray, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, at Aberdeen on 3rd May 1977.

Archbishop-elect Conti is currently a member of both the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity and the Pontifical Council for the Cultural Heritage of the Church.

He is President of the Commission for Christian Doctrine and Unity of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland and also of their Heritage Commission. The Archbishop-elect is also a member of the Catholic Bishops’ Joint Committee for Bio-Ethics and also of the Central Council of ACTS (Action of Churches Together in Scotland) and is a President of CTBI (Churches Together in Britain and Ireland).

He also holds the following honours:

  • Commendatore nell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, 1981.
  • Honorary D.D. (University of Aberdeen), 1989.
  • He is a Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and a Knight of the Order of St John of Jerusalem Rhodes and Malta, 1991; Principal Chaplain to the British Association of the Order of Malta, 1995-2000.
  • He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
  • Aberdeen University has appointed Archbishop Conti as an Honorary Professor of Theology, 2002

He was appointed Archbishop of Glasgow by His Holiness Pope John Paul II on January 15th 2002 and took possession of the Archdiocese on Friday 22nd February 2002 in Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow.