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Pastoral Letter January 2015

Pastoral letter from Mgr Thomas McGovern, Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Nottingham, concerning marriage and family life (click here to download).

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.

For more information click here

Images from the Pallium Mass in St Peter's Basilica during which Archbishop Malcolm received the pallium from Pope Francis. The Diocesan Administrator, Mgr Tom
McGovern also concelebrated, as did Canon Geoffrey Hunton, Fr Chris Thomas and Fr Andrew Cole.

Archbishop Malcom

Archbishop Malcolm received his pallum, the symbol of the office of a metropolitan archbishop, from our Holy Father Pope Francis on Sunday 29th June, the Solemnity of Ss Peter & Paul. (Click on the photo to enlarge).

The Mass was broadcast on EWTN at 8.30 am BST, and repeated at 7.00 pm BST.

It has also been streamed live on the Vatican’s YouTube site (above)

Loures Pilgrimage July 2014

Every year in July, many people from our Diocese travel to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. Our pilgrimage is a time of great blessing for all and a retreat from the ordinary routine of life, in particular for our sick and disabled pilgrims.

This year, as we meditate on the joy of conversion to the Lord, our pilgrims will carry with them on a badge the image of Our Lady familiar to us from passages in the Book of Revelation, where she is seen as crowned and encircled with stars. The symbol of Mary herself may appear familiar to those of us who have visited our National Shrine at Walsingham - a stylised MAR, or MAria Regina - Mary the Queen. The badge places these symbols against our usual diocesan image of a green cross on a crimson background. We shall, then, ............................ <read more>

General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales.

Mgr McGovern has asked me to inform you that it was announced this morning, Friday 9th May, by Cardinal Vincent Nichols that the Bishops of England & Wales have designated Father Christopher P Thomas as General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales. Fr Chris will succeed Mgr Marcus Stock for a five-year term of office at the end of the next plenary meeting of the Bishops’ Conference in November 2014.

Press release on behalf of the Diocese

Biography Rev Christopher P Thomas

Diocesan Administrator

Following Archbishop Malcolm’s installation as Archbishop of Liverpool, the College of Consultors has elected the Reverend Monsignor Canon Thomas McGovern, Protonotary Apostolic, as Diocesan Administrator.

All correspondence should be addressed to Mgr McGovern as follows:

 Click here for Mgr McGovern's Biography

Correspondence Address

Rev Mgr Canon Thomas McGovern
Diocesan Administrator,
Bishop’s House,
27 Cavendish Road East, The Park, NOTTINGHAM, NG7 1BB


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