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CHESTER GIVES CIVIC WELCOME TO NEW BISHOP

By a Staff Reporter

The Roman-walled garrison city of Chester, reverently situated on the. north bank of the River Dee, rich in memorable incidents and associations, added " another proud page " to its history on Wednesday, when Mgr. J. A. Murphy, the 42-year-old parish priest of the village church of Our Lady of Pity, Greasby, in the diocese of Shrewsbury, received the fullness of the priesthood from the hands of Archbishop Godfrey, the first Papal Delegate to visit Chester. The scene of the elevation of Shrewsbury's third Coadjutor and seventh Bishop of the diocese, was the 1875 Gothic church of St, Wel burge, where the magnificent high altar and sanctuary of onyx and marble provided a perfect setting for the smooth unfolding of the splendour of liturgical pomp in the presence of Mgr. Moriarty, Bishop of Shrewsbury; Mgr. Masterson. Archbishop of Birmingham, and the chapter of Shrewsbury.

Assisting the Papal Delegate were the Bishope of Salford and Meney'a, heading a distinguished congrega tion of some 200 clergy, civic dignatories, and among the parishioners of Mgr. Murphy's little wooden church at Greasby were his three sisters and ten other relatives from Glasgow and Birkenhead.

Civic recognition of the Papal Delegate's presence in Chester was accorded on Tuesday evening wan the Mayor (Alderman R. Frost) and the Sheriff of Chester (Councillor Claud Grimes) received Mgr. Godfrey in the company of the Coadjutor elect and the Bishops of Salford and Menevia in the Town Hall.

The presence of the Holy Father's representative in Chester on Wednesday was an event of great significance,




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