Patrick Joseph McKinney was born in Birmingham on 30th April 1954, the eldest son of Patrick and Bridget McKinney, originally from Ireland; his family moved to Buncrana, in Co Donegal, Ireland, when he was still very young, before returning eventually to Birmingham.
Patrick began his studies for the priesthood at in St Mary’s College, Oscott, the Archdiocese of Birmingham’s seminary for the training of priests, in 1972, and was ordained to the priesthood on 29th July 1978 in St Mary’s Church, Buncrana, where his family lives.
After his Ordination, Father McKinney was appointed assistant priest in the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, Yardley Wood, Birmingham, and chaplain to St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School, Kings Norton, Birmingham. Between 1982 and 1984, he was a student at the Pontifical Grregorian University, where he gained a Licence in Sacred Theology.
Returning from Rome to the Archdiocese of Birmingham, he taught fundamental theology in St Mary’s College until 1989, when he was appointed Rector of St Mary’s College, a post he held for nine years, during which period he was also a lecturer in ecclesiology, the theology of the Church. He was made a Prelate of Honour in 1990 and a member of the Metropolitan Chapter of St Chad in 1992.
Monsignor McKinney left Oscott in 1998, becoming parish priest of St John, Great Haywood, and Episcopal Vicar for the north of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. He left the parish in 2001, remaining as Episcopal Vicar until 2006, when he was appointed parish priest of Our Lady and All Saints, Stourbridge and Dean of the Dudley Deanery. He has also served for a time as Chair of the Birmingham Archdiocesan Ecumenical Commission.
Our Holy Father Pope Francis appointed Monsignor McKinney as tenth Bishop of Nottingham in succession to the Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool, on 14th May 2015. He was ordained to the sacred Order of the episcopate by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, in St Barnabas’ Cathedral on Friday 3rd July 2015, and has taken as his motto ‘Seek the face of Christ’.