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Mgr Philip Whitmore appointed to be Rector of the Venerable English College in Rome

Mgr Philip Whitmore, a priest of the Diocese of Westminster, has been appointed as the new Rector of the Venerable English College in Rome, succeeding Mgr Nicholas Hudson. The handover will take place in mid-August.

Mgr Whitmore currently works at the Secretariat of State for the Holy See in Rome. Mgr Hudson, Archdiocese of Southwark, who has been Rector of the Venerable English College since 2004, has been appointed parish priest of Sacred Heart in Wimbledon by Archbishop Peter Smith.

Speaking about Mgr Whitmore’s appointment, the Most Rev. Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, said: “I am delighted at the appointment of Mgr Philip Whitmore as the Rector of the Venerable English College, Rome, in succession to Mgr Nicholas Hudson. It is a matter of pride for the Diocese of Westminster to provide one of its priests for such an important and historic responsibility.

Mgr Whitmore brings great experience and wisdom to his new appointment gained, not least, from the years of service he has given to the Holy See. I am very grateful to the Secretariat of State, of the Holy See, for releasing Mgr Whitmore for these duties.

As he takes up this new role, later in the summer, we assure him of the support of our love and prayers.”