Pope Francis has appointed Mgr Nicholas Hudson as a new auxiliary bishop of Westminster.
Mgr Hudson, former rector of the English College in Rome and parish priest of Sacred Heart in Wimbledon, south-west London, will be consecrated as bishop in Westminster Cathedral on June 4.
He said he was “honoured and humbled” by the appointment, adding: “It is exciting to be a Catholic in this second year of the pontificate of Pope Francis.
“I pray that I might emulate the Holy Father’s radical simplicity and outreach to those on the margins of society and of the Church. Of all the many gifts received as a priest of Southwark most precious has been the privilege of knowing people with severe disabilities, who call us to make a place always for the poor at the heart of the Church,” Mgr Hudson said.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols welcomed the appointment, adding: “Mgr Hudson will bring wide experience and fine personal qualities to our diocese. He has served as a parish priest, as leader of catechetics and, of course, as vice-rector and the rector of the English College in Rome. I know that he will be received enthusiastically on this side of the Thames by both clergy and laity.”
Mgr Hudson grew up in Wimbledon and studied at Jesus College, Cambridge, before training to become a priest.