Pope Francis today appointed Mgr Patrick McKinney as the next Bishop of Nottingham.
The 61-year-old former Rector of St Mary’s College, Oscott, in Birmingham succeeds Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, who was transferred to Liverpool last year.
His appointment means that there are now no dioceses in England and Wales that require bishops. There will, however, be a vacancy for a new bishop of the forces when Bishop Richard Moth is installed in Arundel and Brighton later this month.
Mgr McKinney was ordained in 1978 for the Archdiocese of Birmingham and has held a variety of positions including parish priest, episcopal vicar, theology tutor and school chaplain. He has expertise in ecclesiology, the theology of the Church.
Commenting on his appointment he said: “I am deeply conscious of the rich legacy left by my predecessors as bishop, especially Bishop Malcolm McMahon, now Archbishop of Liverpool. I know a little of the diocesan You are Living Stones parish renewal programme which he had begun, encouraging everyone in the diocese to work together in serving the missionary outreach of the Church, and I will do my best to build upon this.”
The Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley, said: “Mgr McKinney's many years as parish priest and local dean and his skills as a theologian and teacher will equip him well in leading the diocese of Nottingham into the coming Jubilee Year of Mercy. As an accomplished hill-walker I am sure he will come to love the landscapes of his new diocese as much as the counties of Worcestershire and Staffordshire that he knows so well.”