Archbishop Leo Cushley has paid tribute to his former bishop, The Right Reverend Joseph Devine, Bishop Emeritus of Motherwell, who died on Thursday 23 May. He was  at 82 years old.

“I will always remember Bishop Joseph Devine with affection and respect,” said Archbishop Cushley who was ordained to the holy priesthood by Bishop Devine in 1985.

“He was a generous and wise pastor of souls and as a young priest I learned a great deal from him. He dedicated himself generously to celebrating Word and Sacrament, especially among the young people of Motherwell, and we owe him a great debt of gratitude. May he rest in peace.”

Joseph Devine was Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Glasgow from 1977 to 1983 whereupon he was translated to Motherwell. He served as bishop there for 30 years. Requiescat in pace.