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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)


The Pallium Mass

Mgr Thomas McGovern with, from left, Fr Andrew Cole, Canon Geoffrey Hunton and Fr Chris Thomas in the Vatican before the Pallium Mass.

They are representing the Diocese of Nottingham at this very special Mass during which Archbishop Malcolm received the pallium from Pope Francis.


Mgr McGovern has made the following appointments, with the consent of the College of Consultors:

From 1st August 2014:
Rev James Earley
Parochial Administrator, St Mary on the Sea, Grimsby with St John Fisher, Scartho continuing as Parish Priest, St Pius X, Grimsby, Corpus Christi, Cleethorpes & Our Lady Star of the Sea, Immingham

Rev Richard Hardstaff
Parochial Administrator, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Stapenhill with St Joseph the Worker, Winshill continuing as Parochial Administrator, Ss Peter & Paul, Swadlincote

Rev Matthew Jakes
Parochial Administrator, Our Lady & St Edward, Gordon Road

Rev Joe Wheat
Parochial Administrator, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Carlton Hill with St Bernadette, Sneinton

Rev John St John
Assistant Priest, St Mary on the Sea, Grimsby with St John Fisher, Scartho and St Pius X, Grimsby, Corpus Christi, Cleethorpes & Our Lady Star of the Sea, Immingham

From 1st September 2014:
Rev Stanley Ofoegbu
Parochial Administrator, St Patrick, Forest Town with St George, Rainworth and St Joseph, New Ollerton

Rev Christopher A Thomas
Parochial Administrator, Assumption, Beeston

Rev Robert O'Callaghan
Assistant Priest, St Barnabas' Cathedral

Rev Philip McBrien
Parochial Administrator, Corpus Christi, Clifton and Our Lady and St Patrick in the Meadows, Nottingham

From 1st November 2014
Rev John Guest
Moderator of the Curia


School Reunion

Did you go to Manor House Convent School in Brigg?  Were you a pupil there when the order changed in 1959 and the Convent became known as St. Clare’s Convent School until it closed in 1972?  You might be interested in a Reunion on Monday 29th September at 12 noon at The Angel Suite, (formerly the Angel Hotel), Exchange Place, Brigg. 

The cost will be £12 including buffet lunch and a welcoming drink.   If you wish to attend, you need to book by 22nd September.  Barbara Walker (nee Morrison) can be contacted on 01732 452414 or e-mail barbarawalker2210@btinternet.com. (If you prefer a local contact in Lincolnshire then ring 01427 615938).


Pastoral Letter of the
Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Nottingham
appointed to be read at all Masses
on the Sixth Sunday of Easter
Saturday 24 / Sunday 25 May 2014

Click here to download


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

Email: diocesan.administrator@nrcdt.org.uk


Photographs of Archbishop Malcolm's installation

Photographs of Archbishop Malcolm’s Installation as Archbishop of Liverpool can be viewed on the following:

Bishops’ Conference Flickr site,

Archdiocese of Liverpool’s Flickr site


The Archdiocese Gains an Arsenal Supporter!

Archbishop Malcolm remains neutral in the Liverpool v Everton debate.

Archbishop Malcolm was sporting his Arsenal rosette as his former Private Secretary Father Andrew took leave of him before returning to Nottingham after the Archbishop’s Installation Mass.

 


Ninth Archbishop of Liverpool

Bishop Malcolm was installed as Ninth Archbishop of Liverpool in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Thursday 1st May. For further information, please visit the Liverpool archdiocesan website.

Please click here to read Archbishop Malcolm’s homily.

The See of Nottingham being vacant, the College of Consultors will meet on Tuesday 6th May to elect a diocesan administrator.

Father Andrew Cole, Bishop’s Private Secretary


Chrism Mass Homily
Wednesday 16th April 2014

In our Mass today, we are reminded of the way in which God shows his mercy to us, through the Oils which I will bless and the Holy Chrism which I will consecrate.

It is a feature of our Christian life that realities of a spiritual nature are expressed through signs and symbols, which take us beyond their natural meaning to the grace which God shares with us. Natural things become instruments and channels of divine life.

Olive oil was not much in evidence in our country a few decades ago, but now it is big business. Of course it has always been a staple product in the Mediterranean countries, but it has now become a worldwide commodity. This is quite a rise for the humble olive, whose tree takes over twenty years to produce its first fruit. ....<Download full text>


Nightfever at St Barnabas Cathedral

Nightfever is an initiative which grew out of World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne, and is spreading across Europe and North America with Nightfever now taking place every month in over 40 churches. Nightfever is organized by different parishes, communities, confraternities, students and employees, seminarians. We want to carry on the joy of faith and the love of God which we have been experiencing even more so since the WYD 2005. For that reason, we go out into the streets and invite people to Christ and to also reach those who do not believe in Him or do not think of Him.

St Barnabas Cathedral will be hosting this event on 9th/10th May. For more information please visit the Cathedral website download the poster, or contact Fr Neil Peoples at neilapeoples@hotmail.co.uk


 

Sede vacante: what does it mean and what happens next?

When Bishop Malcolm becomes Archbishop of Liverpool on Thursday 1st May, the See of Nottingham will be vacant until a new bishop is appointed by Pope Francis. For further information about what happens during this period, called Sede vacante (Latin for ‘the See being vacant’), please download this information sheet.

Father Andrew Cole,
Bishop’s Private Secretary


Pastoral Letter

Pastoral Letter of the Bishop of Nottingham appointed to be read at all Masses
on the Third Sunday of Lent, Saturday 22 / Sunday 23 March 2014

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APPOINTMENT OF BISHOP MALCOLM AS NINTH ARCHBISHOP OF LIVERPOOL
Statement by Father Andrew Cole
Diocesan Communications Officer

It was announced at 11.00 am today, Friday 21st March 2014, that our Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed the Right Reverend Malcolm McMahon OP, Bishop of Nottingham, as ninth Archbishop of Liverpool in succession to Archbishop Patrick Kelly.

Bishop Malcolm will be installed as Archbishop during the celebration of Mass at noon on Thursday 1st May 2014 in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King,Liverpool.

Speaking at a press conference in Liverpool this morning, Bishop Malcolm said:

‘I am honoured and humbled to have been appointed by our Holy Father Pope Francis as Archbishop of Liverpool.  I promise to do my best to repay the trust that he has placed in me, and which the priests and people of the Archdiocese of Liverpool are being asked to put in me from today.

‘I am grateful to the priests and people of the Diocese of Nottingham for their support, guidance and friendship. I am naturally sorry to be leaving my home for the last thirteen years, and I will miss the priests & people there; I hope that the prayers of my Diocese will come with me as I prepare to bid them a fond farewell shortly after Easter.’

Monsignor Thomas McGovern, Vicar General, paid tribute to Bishop Malcolm’s ministry in our Diocese:

‘All of us in the Diocese of Nottingham are sorry to be losing Bishop Malcolm after over thirteen years as our Bishop.  Since he came to us in December 2000, he has become a well-loved and well-respected shepherd, and we will miss him. The priests, deacons, religious and laypeople of our Diocese will look back on his ministry here with great affection, and Bishop Malcolm can be assured of our prayers for him as he prepares to take up his duties as Archbishop of Liverpool, where we hope that he will be very happy.  I am sure that his kind personality, good sense of humour and commitment to social justice will endear him very quickly to the priests and people of his new Archdiocese, and that they will be richly blessed by his presence among them.’

On Wednesday 16th April, the Chrism Mass will give parishioners from across the Diocese the opportunity to say farewell to Bishop Malcolm at the close of his ministry as Bishop of Nottingham; the Mass will be celebrated at 11.30 a.m. in St Barnabas’ Cathedral, Nottingham.

There will also be a Mass of Thanksgiving in St Barnabas’ Cathedral at noon on Monday 28th April 2014, which will give priests, deacons, religious and representatives from our schools the opportunity to say farewell, although all are welcome.

What happens next?

Bishop Malcolm will cease to be Bishop of Nottingham when he is installed as Archbishop of Liverpool on 1st May 2014. The College of Consultors will have to meet within a week or so of Bishop Malcolm’s installation as Archbishop of Liverpool to elect a Diocesan Administrator. The period between Bishop Malcolm’s installation as Archbishop of Liverpool and the installation of a new Bishop of Nottingham is known as Sede vacante (‘The See being vacant’); during this time, the governance of the Diocese will be entrusted to the Diocesan Administrator and the College of Consultors. The new Bishop will be appointed by the Holy Father in due course, after a period of consultation.

Bishop Malcolm’s Remarks

Here are some of Bishop Malcolm’s remarks given at a press conference in Liverpool this morning:

‘I am honoured and humbled to have been appointed by our Holy Father Pope Francis as Archbishop of Liverpool.  I promise to do my best to repay the trust that he has placed in me, and which the priests and people of the Archdiocese of Liverpool are being asked to put in me from today.

‘I would like to thank Archbishop Patrick Kelly for his many years of service in this Archdiocese, and Bishop Tom Williams, who has been Apostolic Administrator since Archbishop Kelly’s retirement last year.

‘I am grateful to my family and friends, my Dominican brethren, and the priests and peopleof the Diocese of Nottingham for their support, guidance and friendship. I am naturally sorry to be leaving Nottingham, my home for the last thirteen years, and I will miss the people there; I hope that the prayers of my Diocese will come with me as I prepare to bid them a fond farewell shortly after Easter.

‘The Archdiocese of Liverpool has a long and proud history, rich in the tradition of missionary discipleship.  We just have to think of the many priests, deacons, religious and laypeople who have done so much to proclaim the Kingdom of God and who gave their lives in his service, and the Archdiocese’s parishes, churches and schools are living witnesses to God’s love for us.  The rich and living Catholic heritage of the Archdiocese should inspire us and challenge us, and I know that I can rely on the prayers and support of the Catholic faithful as I take up the challenge which lies ahead of me.

‘I am also looking forward to working with my fellow Christians from other Churches and communities, people from all religious traditions, and civic and political leaders, building up the good relationships which already exist between us, in our endeavour to serve the common good.

‘From the day of my installation I will do my level best to lead, guide and serve the people of this great Archdiocese, in Liverpool, west Lancashire and the Isle of Man, Catholic and non-Catholic alike.  There is much work to be done, because the challenges which we face as a community are real.  But we are a people of hope; just as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King is visible for miles around, speaking to us of God’s presence in our midst, I pray that all of us in the Archdiocese of Liverpool will be living signs of God’s eternal love, proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ in all that we say and do.

‘I ask for the prayers of our heavenly patrons, Our Blessed Lady Immaculate, Saint Joseph and Saint Kentigern, and the entire Catholic community as I begin my ministry as Archbishop of Liverpool, and I assure you of my prayers in return.  Let us make the words of Pope John Paul II, spoken here in the Metropolitan Cathedral in 1982, our own:

Send forth your Spirit, O Lord! Renew our hearts and minds with the gifts of light and truth. Renew our homes and families with the gifts of unity and joy. Renew our cities and our countries with true justice and lasting peace.”’

Bishop Tom Williams’ Remarks

Bishop Tom Williams, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Liverpool, welcomed Bishop Malcolm with these words:

‘I have to say on behalf of Archbishop Emeritus Patrick and the priests and people of the Archdiocese how pleased we are to welcome Archbishop-Elect Malcolm.  We have always been well blessed with our Archbishops and are grateful and appreciative of the gifts and talents and service given by Archbishop Emeritus Patrick.

‘We welcome Archbishop-Elect Malcolm with open arms and fully commit ourselves to him in a spirit of brotherly love and service.  We know he is a Londoner and an Arsenal supporter but nevertheless we welcome him unconditionally.’

If you would like to leave a message for Bishop Malcolm then please make use of the 'Message Board' in the next column of this page.

Father Andrew Cole,
Diocesan Communications Officer
21st March 2014



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