Archbishop Leo Cushley
Archbishop Leo Cushley is a Missio Scotland Director, holding the post of Episcopal Commission President. He is the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, having previously served as head of the English language section of the Vatican Secretariat of State.
He was born Leo William Cushley on June 18, 1961 in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, the first child of Bill and Eileen Cushley. He has a younger brother, Kenneth, and a younger sister, Carey. He attended All Saints’ Primary School, Coatdyke (1966-1967), before finishing his primary education at St John the Baptist’s Primary School, Uddingston (1967–1973). He went on to attend Holy Cross High School, Hamilton (1973–1975), and St Mary’s College, Blairs, Aberdeen (1975–1979).
Archbishop Cushley first began studying for the priesthood at St Mary’s College, Blairs, Aberdeen. From 1980 to 1985 he studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained to the priesthood for Motherwell Diocese on July 7, 1985 at the Church of St John the Baptist, Uddingston, by Bishop Joseph Devine. From 1979 to 1987 he attended Pontifical Scots College, Rome. He continued his studies in Rome being granted a Licence in Sacred Liturgy (SLL) at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in 1987.
He returned to Motherwell Diocese that year as an assistant priest at the Cathedral Church of Our Lady of Good Aid, where he remained until he was appointed curate at St Serf’s Parish, Airdrie and concurrently chaplain to St Margaret’s High School in 1988. He remained there until 1992 when he was sent to St Aidan’s Parish, Wishaw as well as serving as chaplain to St Aidan’s High School, Wishaw and chaplain to Our Lady’s High School, Motherwell.
In 1994 Archbishop Cushley was summoned to the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, studying diplomacy at the same time as studying for a doctorate in canon law (JCD) at the Pontifical Gregorian University, which he earned in 1997. He formally entered the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See on July 1, 1997. Archbishop Cushley has served in the nunciatures of Egypt, Burundi, Portugal and the United Nations in New York and South Africa.
From 2009 until 2013, Archbishop Cushley was head of the English-language section of the Vatican Secretariat of State. In that capacity, he has been responsible for accompanying the Pope during all his visits to English speaking countries, such as the visits by Pope Benedict XVI to Malta, Cyprus and the United Kingdom in 2010. In 2012, he took on an additional role in the Vatican when he was appointed to the ceremonial position of ‘prelate of the anticamera,’ with duties that include assisting when the pope receives visits from prominent dignitaries such as heads of state.
On July 24, 2013, Leo Cushley was appointed the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh. Archbishop Cushley was consecrated and installed on September 21, the Feast of Saint Matthew, where the principal consecrators were Cardinal James Michael Harvey of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls; the Papal Nuncio, Antonio Mennini; and Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow.
Fr Vincent Lockhart
Fr Vincent Lockhart has been the parish priest of St Monica’s in Coatbridge since 2003 and is the diocesan director for Missio in Motherwell Diocese. In June 2016, he was asked by the bishops to carry out a caretaker role of Missio Scotland until a new national director is appointed.
Born and brought up in the west and north of Scotland, he was ordained a priest in 1983 for Motherwell Diocese after working for a year as a deacon in Cameroon, West Africa. After ordination he returned to Cameroon. In all he spent 16 years living with the Bangwa, Mundani and Bayang peoples in a remote area in the mountains and rain forest in the south western part of the country. As well as being involved in normal parish work and youth ministry, he ran 12 primary schools and was engaged in road and bridge building projects.
In the mid-1990s he studied at Edinburgh University and gained an M.Sc in African Studies and an M.Th. in the study of Non-Western Christianity with a particular focus on social change and inculturation.
Fr Bernard Makadani Zulu
Fr Bernard Makadani Zulu, is a Diocesan priest from Zambia and Missio Scotland’s Mission Development Co-ordinator. He was ordained priest for Chipata Diocese on August 18, 1996, at St Paul’s Parish, in Lundazi, Zambia.
During his priestly ministry, he has been involved in parish pastoral ministry. He was Director for the Catechetical and Pastoral Centre, Chaplain to Mphangwe Marian Shrine, Pastoral Coordinator for the Diocese, Treasurer General for the Diocese, Rector for St Mary’s Junior Seminary, Director for the Pontifical Mission Societies in Chipata Diocese and National Director for the Pontifical Mission Societies.
He was a board member for Cardinal Adam Memorial Hospital, Opus Securitatis Fund (priests’ pension fund), Zambia Catholic University Investment Fund, Chipata Cheshire Home, and Veritas General Insurance.
He has overseen mission animation and appeals for Pontifical Mission Societies in Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, Portugal, France, Malta, England, United States of America, Jamaica, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Holland, Malawi, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Uganda, Lesotho, Botswana and Rwanda.
He prepared missionary animation books in English and four local languages in Zambia; Nyanja, Tonga, Bemba and Tumbuka.
Sr Stacey Cameron
Sr Stacey Cameron is a Missionary Sister of St Peter Claver, based in Bellshill, and has worked with us at Missio—principally in the field of formation—since 2014. The sisters aim to raise awareness of the Baptismal call to mission among the whole people of God and to support the growth of the Church throughout the world
Sr Stacey helps develop Missio’s outreach to adults and young people, and contribute to their formation as Missionary disciples.
Gerard is Missio Scotland’s Communications Officer. He is responsible for our media output, with a particular focus on our school communities. In his role, he deals with both internal and external communication and aims to promote both the work of Missio Scotland in our mission dioceses worldwide and the efforts of those who support the charity in Scotland. Through his contact with schools, he hopes to assist our educators in fostering a missionary spirit in our classrooms by helping to produce school’s resources and to showcase the efforts of our school communities to a wider audience in the media.
He attended St Andrew’s Academy in Saltcoats, before going on to study Modern Languages at Strathclyde University and then training as a journalist. Prior to joining Missio Scotland, Gerard worked for the Scottish Catholic Observer newspaper for nearly 13 years in a variety of roles including: reporter, school’s reporter, features editor, acting editor and latterly sub-editor.