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Towards a Culture of Safeguarding

The Church has a responsibility to ensure all those who undertake work in the name of the Church are adequately trained in safeguarding matters. The Catholic Church is dependent on Clergy, Religious and Lay people using their skills and talents to nurture and support the Catholic community. Some will be paid employees, but the majority undertake their work on a voluntary basis. Whilst some will recognise their role as a volunteer, many rightly see their caring and support contribution as part of their Christian responsibility and ministry. But we all have a role to play in safeguarding the young or adults who may be at risk and it is for this reason that the Catholic Church in England and Wales has worked with EduCare to bring you an e-learning package that will raise awareness throughout the Catholic Community in our countries. The e-learning package is part of the Church’s commitment to safeguarding, and is available to all members of the Catholic community free of charge.

Please download the brochure to see the courses available and how to access them.

What do I need to do to access this training resource?

  1. Email to register your interest.
  2. Your email should contain your name, email address, the name of your parish/order/congregation, and your role. For example: Priest, Member of the Religious, Safeguarding Representative, Youth Worker, Teacher, SVP or Other Volunteers, Parent/Grandparent/Guardian, or Other.
  3. On receipt of your email the safeguarding administrator will register your email address with EduCare.
  4. You will receive a Welcome Email from EduCare where you will set your password.
  5. You will then have instant access to the training programmes. 


In 2015 a significant evangelisation initiative called Proclaim ’15 is being launched to support, inspire and encourage new expressions of parish evangelisation.

A project of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, it is designed to affirm the good work that is already being done by the Catholic community, and to provide resources and events to profile and develop new expressions of Catholic joy and missionary outreach.

Click here for more information

Ordination of Bishop Patrick

Bishop Patrick McKinney was ordained tenth Bishop of Nottingham in St Barnabas’ Cathedral on Friday 3rd July 2015.

The Ordination Mass, began at 11.30 am, drew people fromacross the Diocese of Nottingham, together with civic leaders, representatives of other Christian churches, priests, deacons and religious sisters from the Diocese of Nottingham and the Archdiocese of Birmingham, where Bishop McKinney worked as a priest before his appointment as Bishop of Nottingham, and members of his family and friends.

Bishop McKinney was ordained by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, assisted by the Most Rev Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool and Bishop McKinney’s predecessor as Bishop of Nottingham, and the Most Rev Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham. Also present were His Excellency Antonio Mennini, the Apostolic Nuncio (the Pope’s representative) in Great Britain, who passed on greetings from the Holy Father, and Bishops from across England and Wales.

At the beginning of the Mass, which was attended by Sir John Peace, the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Jackie Morris, and the Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor Sybil Fielding, a minute’s silence was held in memory of the victims of the recent terrorist atrocities in Tunisia.

During the Mass, Cardinal Nichols thanks Archbishop Malcolm for his fourteen years of ministry as Bishop of Nottingham, and Bishop Patrick thanked Mgr Thomas McGovern for the fourteen months that he spent as Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Nottingham. Bishop Patrick was greeted with warm applause as he sat on the cathedra for the first time at the end of the Ordination Rite.

Towards the end of Mass, as the congregation sang Te Deum laudamus, Bishop Patrick was led by Archbishop Malcolm through the Cathedral while he blessed all present.


You can read a translation of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Mandate, by which Bishop Patrick was appointed to the See of Nottingham, Cardinal Nichols' homily at today’s Mass and Bishop Patrick’s address at the end of Mass, and look at photograph’s of the Mass.

Click here to watch the ordination video

Choral Vespers

This evening, a service of Vespers was celebrated in St Barnabas’ Cathedral in advance of Bishop Patrick’s Ordination on Friday 3rd July. During the service of hymns, psalms, readings, choral music by the Cathedral Choir and prayers.

Photos of the liturgy can be viewed at the Bishop’s Conference Flickr site.

Mgr McGovern preached the homily, and Mgr McKinney gave an address, which you can read here.

Mgr McKinney made his profession of faith and oath of fidelity to the Holy Father and the Catholic Church.

Biography of Bishop-Elect Patrick

Job Opportunities at Justice & Peace Commission - Justice and Peace Fieldworker

24 hours per week [including some evening and weekend working]
Salary: £14,500pa.
The Justice and Peace Commission works to promote Catholic Social Teaching and action for social and economic justice, and peace, throughout the Diocese.
The Fieldworker is employed by the Diocese of Nottingham to support and develop the work of the Justice and Peace Commission in parishes, schools, & universities and ecumenically.
The Fieldworker is based at Willson House, Derby Road, Nottingham NG1 5AW
Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Monday 24th August 2015.
If you would like an informal discussion about the post please contact Liz Doona or call her on 01773 785 196

Interviews for the post will be held at Willson House on Tuesday 1st September.
Details of the post and how to apply can be found at

Mgr Patrick McKinney, Bishop-Elect of Nottingham, meets Pope Francis

Mgr Patrick McKinney met the Holy Father Pope Francis in Rome this week in advance of his Ordination as Bishop of Nottingham. The meeting took place at the end of the General Audience, which takes place on Wednesdays throughout the year, when many thousands of people from around the world have the opportunity to see Pope Francis, listen to his teaching, pray with him and receive the apostolic blessing. This week, the Pope spoke about illness within the family:

Today we consider one of the conditions common to all families, namely, illness. Many times in the Gospels Jesus meets the sick and heals them. His desire to cure suffering is a central part of his ministry, coming even before observance of the law. He sends his disciples to do the same, giving them the power to heal, and to draw close to the sick, touching their deepest wounds and bringing them peace. The illness of one person can be a severe trial for all family members. As followers of Christ, we are called to pray without ceasing for the sick and dying, and to support families where this is being experienced. So too we must educate children to solidarity with the sick so that they are not anesthetized to the sufferings of others, but rather are capable of helping the ill and of living fully each human experience. May we always give thanks to the Lord for the support of the Church shown to families in times of illness, especially between families themselves.

The Pope asked Bishop-Elect Patrick to pray for him; in return, he assured the Holy Father of our prayers for him and his intentions.

Bishop-Elect Patrick’s Ordination on Friday 3rd July will be streamed live on the diocesan website.

The Bishops of England and Wales are inviting us to pray and reflect with them on the how the gift of marriage and family life and their place in the Church’s in advance of next October’s meeting of the Synod of Bishops on the vocation and mission of the family. To help us, they have produced The Call, the Journey and the Mission, copies of which are available from your parish or from the diocesan website (click here)

If you would like to share any reflections, please send them to Father David Palmer, Chair of the Marriage and Family Life Commission (The Presbytery, Lenton Boulevard, NOTTINGHAM, NG7 2BY(, by Easter Sunday.


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The website now has a pages facilitating the listing and exchange of unwanted parish items. This is a secure area of the website and should only be accessed by password holders. Parish priests have details.

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