The Bishops' Conference of Scotland (BCOS), under the trust of the Catholic National Endowment Trust, and based in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, is an episcopal conference for archbishops and bishops of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland. The conference is primarily made up of the presiding bishops of Scotland's eight dioceses as well as bishops who have retired. , the president of the conference is Bishop Hugh Gilbert of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Aberdeen.


The BCOS is organised into several agencies. These are: The Commission for Doctrine and Unity, The Communications and Press and Media Relations Office, The Commission for Catholic Education and Scottish Catholic Education Service, The Justice and Peace Commission, operating using the name Justice and Peace Scotland, The Heritage Commission as well as some other offices. The Conference is also a member of several international organisations including the Council of European Bishops' Conferences and the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community. Before 1980, the organisation first registered with Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and stated that its objective was to "promote, establish, develop, expand, contribute to, support and maintain facilities, projects, schemes and institutions of all kinds having a religious, educational or charitable purpose for the benefit of the community throughout Scotland; and in addition for the benefit of students for the priesthood at home and abroad including the maintenance of the following colleges, all now closed; (a) St. Mary's College, Blairs, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire; (b) St. Peter's College, Cardross, Dumbarton; (c) St. Andrew's College, Drygrange, Melrose, Roxburghshire."Catholic National Endowment Trust, SC016650
from OSCR, retrieved 15 June 2016

Ecumenical relations

The Roman Catholic Church in Scotland is a full member of Action of Churches Together in Scotland. The BCOS sends a representative to the Ecumenical Relations Committee of the Church of Scotland and is always invited to send a delegate to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Member bishops

*Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh **Archbishop Leo Cushley *Archdiocese of Glasgow **Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti *Diocese of Motherwell **Bishop Joseph Toal *Diocese of Paisley **Bishop John Keenan *Diocese of Galloway **Bishop William Nolan **Bishop Emeritus John Cunningham **Bishop Emeritus Maurice Taylor *Diocese of Argyll and the Isles **Bishop Brian McGee ** *Diocese of Aberdeen **Bishop Hugh Gilbert **Bishop Emeritus Peter Moran *Diocese of Dunkeld **Bishop Stephen Robson

See also

*Roman Catholic Church in Scotland *Religion in Scotland *Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales


External links

Official website

GCatholic.org website {{Authority control Scotland Bishops' Conference Category:Organisations based in North Lanarkshire Category:Airdrie, North Lanarkshire Category:Christian organisations based in Scotland Category:1878 establishments in Scotland Category:1878 in Christianity Category:Religious organizations established in 1878