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Meet the Clergy

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Parish Priest

Fr Uchenna Odenigbo CSSp

Uchenna is a Spiritan (Holy Ghost Congregation) missionary priest. He is excited and loves the challenge of the new parish ministry lead at St Teresa’s Dumfries since September 2023. 


He was ordained on 13th July 2002, in Nigeria, and has been working in England, since 2003, at different ministries and mission frontiers, including Youth, School, Parish, Prisons Refugee and Safeguarding ministries. 

It has been, for him, a happy and exciting ministry experience and the best is yet to come. 

Like Bishop Robert Barron, he is fascinated by the beauty, splendour and truth of the Faith. The Incarnation, God among us, Emmanuel, is compelling. And Like C. S. Lewis, he is thrilled by the primacy of Grace – the free, unmerited, unconditional favour of God for everyone, everywhere and every time.

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Assisting Priest

Fr. Dennis Ortese-Yiye, CSSP

Fr Dennis is a Nigerian, who has served for many years as parish ministry lead in Nigeria. He has formed a new religious community with Fr Uchenna at St Teresa’s. As Spiritans (a Religious Order), we live in a community, wherever possible. 


He arrived for ministry in the parish in September 2023 and was warmly welcomed with the generosity of spirit and hospitality for which St Teresa’s family are known.


His arrival has enriched our community and ministry life. He loves music and bowling. He seems to like Celtic, perhaps because they share the colour Green and White with the Nigerian flag. 


Parish Deacon

Rev.Willie Hiddleston

He was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate here in St Teresa's by Bishop Cunningham on Saturday 20th August 2011. Bishop Cunningham appointed him to St Teresa's effective that same day.


Deacon Willie is also the Hospital Chaplain to the new DGRI. Please text or message him if you or a relative has been admitted to Hospital and he will visit soon after.  |  Tel:  07 591 230 828

Diocesan Bishop of Galloway

Right Reverand Francis Dougan

"Quench not the quivering flame."

Bishop Frank is the new Bishop of the Diocese of Galloway. He succeeded Archbishop William Nolan who was Bishop of Galloway from 2014 to 2022 when he became Archbishop of Glasgow.

Reacting to his appointment, Bishop Frank said;

“I am humbled and more than a little bit nervous that Pope Francis has asked me to take on this office. I feel confident however that I will not be alone in spreading the joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I will be joining with every single person in Galloway Diocese all of whom have a role to play, my role being just one of them.”

“With God’s grace and the deep faith of the Church in Galloway we can continue to build on the solid foundations left by those who have come before us, stretching back to St. Ninian who first planted the seeds of the Christian faith in Scotland here in Galloway.”
“My mother was from Ayr, and I spent many childhood summers here, so you could say there is a little bit of coming home for me! But most importantly, we must proclaim a Church where everyone can feel at home and welcomed.”  |  Tel: 01292 266750


St Andrews Deanery

Rev. Fr. William R. McFadden

The southern part of the Diocese of Galloway is called the St Andrew's Deanery. It covers the entire Dumfries & Galloway region.

It incorporates the parishes of:

St Teresa's, Dumfries, Holy Trinity, Lockerbie with the church of St Luke's, Moffat; SS Andrew and Cuthbert, Kirkcudbright, St Peter's, Dalbeattie, Our Lady & St Ninian, Newton Stewart, St Martin and St Ninian's, Whithorn and The Sacred Heart, Wigtown; St Andrew's, Dumfries, St Columba's, Annan;  St Joseph's, Stranraer.


The Dean is: Rev. Fr. William R. McFadden VG, PhB., STL., MS.

Address: St Andrew's and St Cuthbert's, High Street, KIRKCUDBRIGHT. DG6 4JW.  |  Tel: 01557 330687


Photo credit: Paul McSherry


Photo credit: Paul McSherry

Metropolitan Archbishop - St. Andrews and Edinburgh

The Most Reverend Leo Cushley, PhB STB SLL JCD

"Amare Quod Praecipis" meaning "To love what you command"

The chief pastor of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh is Archbishop Leo Cushley whose authority derives from being a direct successor of Christ’s Apostles in communion with the Holy See. Prudently, Archbishop Cushley seeks to fulfil his role as chief pastor with the help and assistance of both the lay faithful and clergy.


A Metropolitan Archbishop presides over their own archdiocese, whilst also presiding over other bishops within his Metropolitan See.


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Apostolic Nuncio

His Excellency Archbishop Miguel Maury Buendía

"Quis Ut Deus" meaning
"Who Is Like God"

Archbishop Buendía succeeds Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, was named prefect of the Dicastery for the Eastern Churches on 21 November 2022.


He was previously Apostolic Nuncio to Romania in 2015, and to the Republic of Moldova in 2016, prior to which he was Apostolic Nuncio to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan from 2008.

Archbishop Buendía was born in Madrid on 19 November 1955, he studied philosophy and theology at the Conciliar Seminary of Madrid before being ordained a priest for the Archdiocese on 26 June 1980.

The Apostolic Nuncio is the apostolic diplomat to the Holy See and the Holy Father.


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Bishop Dougan (Left) with Archbishop Buendia (Right).
Photo credit: Paul McSherry


The Holy Father

Pope Francis

Francis is the first Jesuit pope. He is also the first from the Americas, and the first from the Southern Hemisphere. He was elected as the 266th Supreme Pontiff on 13 March 2013. He is the head of state of the world's smallest sovereign country, Vatican City. He is also spiritual leader as the head of the Catholic Church to 1.2 billion Catholics across the globe.

His regular Vatican appointments are:

  • A weekly blessing for the faithful every Sunday from his window overlooking Saint Peter's Square,

  • A weekly general audience for 5,000+ faithful.

  • Daily meetings in the best interests of the Catholic Church.

  • The Pope normally presides over religious celebrations, including Christmas and Easter.

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