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Friday 7 October 2011

Fr Robert appointed as National Ecumenical Officer

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The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales have appointed Fr Robert Byrne as the new National Ecumenical Officer and Secretary to the Department of Dialogue and Unity. Fr Byrne will take up his new post on Monday, 9 January 2012.

Fr Byrne was educated at St Bede's College, Manchester; King's College, London; and the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome. Fr Byrne entered the Birmingham Oratory in 1980 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1985. In 1990 he was part of a group from Birmingham who moved to St Aloysius parish Oxford to found what was to become the Oxford Oratory in 1993. He was Provost from 1993 until 2011. In 2000 he became Secretary of the Permanent Deputation of the International Oratorian Confederation. He has been a prison chaplain since 1988. He was appointed a Governor of the Oratory School, Woodcote in 1996.