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Statement by the Right Reverend Patrick McKinney, Catholic Bishop of Nottingham and the Right Reverend Paul Williams, Anglican Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham

As Bishops, and together with leaders of Christian Churches and other faiths in Nottinghamshire, we encourage the people of our city and county to stand in solidarity with all those who are seeking refuge from countries torn apart by conflict, and to offer them a warm welcome.

For Christians, a vital part of our faith is offering compassion to those who are in need and recognising the fundamental dignity of every human being.  Christians are not just asked to pray for others, but to be generous in giving to support and welcome those who are in need.

In a statement on the refugee crisis facing Europe and the Middle East, the Archbishop of Canterbury said, ‘We need a holistic response to this crisis that meets immediate humanitarian need while tackling its underlying drivers.’ For some, that will mean following Pope Francis’ suggestion of welcoming refugees to their homes. For others, it will mean responding positively to appeals, at a national, regional and local level, for money and clothing to give to those who have nothing. We hope that people will be creative in working together across the whole community to do whatever they can to help the refugees who have suffered so much. Many churches have already taken up the opportunity to respond in practical and creative ways.

As a nation, we cannot and should not turn our backs on the needs of so many people, whoever they are and wherever they are from. This country has a proud history of offering hospitality and aid to those who are in need. Our Churches will play their full part in calling upon the Government and local authorities to do as much as possible to welcome refugees to this country, and to work with them to support in practical ways those who settle here.

Rt Rev Patrick McKinney, Bishop of Nottingham
Rt Rev Paul Williams Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham
10th September 2015

Queen Elizabeth II the longest reigning monarch
On Wednesday 9th September, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history. Click here to read the Loyal Address presented to Her Majesty by Cardinal Vincent Nichols on behalf of the Catholic Church in England & Wales. Bishop Patrick asks us all to pray for The Queen in a special way today and on Sunday 13th September:

For Queen Elizabeth II: that as Her Majesty surpasses the reigns of all who were before her as ruler of these lands, the Lord may strengthen her so that she may continue to serve her peoples in this country and the Commonwealth; and that we, after her example, may serve each other and seek the common good of all. Lord, hear us.

Almighty God,
we pray that Elizabeth your Servant and our Queen,
who, by your providence has received the governance of this Realm,
may continue to grow in every virtue,
that, imbued with your heavenly grace,
she may be preserved from all that is harmful and evil,
and being blessed with your favour may,
with her Consort and all the Royal Family,
come at last into your presence,
through him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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. 

Clergy Appointments

Bishop Patrick has made a number of new appointments from Tuesday 8th September 2015.

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Father Andrew Cole
Bishop’s Private Secretary
7th September 2015

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

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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