‘It is with profound sadness and deepest regret that the priests and people of the Diocese
of Lancaster acknowledge the sentencing, today, of Canon Stephen Shield – a priest of
The Bishop of Lancaster, Rt Rev Michael G Campbell OSA added:
“Please God, with the passing of time - together with a purified and strengthened resolve
by all - healing and reconciliation will be restored to those affected by this tragic episode
in our local Church of Lancaster.”
“Those directly involved in this case should know of my heartfelt prayer for each of them
and those affected by this heart-breaking affair.”
One of Lancashire' s most senior Catholic priests has been jailed after being convicted of sexually assaulting a man in Preston.
Canon Stephen Shield, the Dean at Lancaster Cathedral, committed the offences more than two decades ago. against a man who later became a priest.
The Bishop of Lancaster says he is praying for those affected by the case.
Canon Shield has been sentenced to 12 months in prison at Preston Crown Court
One of Lancashire' s most senior Catholic priests is facing jail after being convicted of sexually assaulting a man in Preston.
Canon Stephen Shield - the Dean at Lancaster Cathedral - committed the offences more than two decades ago. against a man who hoped to join the priesthood. He'll be sentenced at Preston Crown Court later.