Fr John was ordained priest for the Diocese of Nottingham here at St Philip Neri in June 2003. Prior to his studies at the Beda College, Rome, he worked as a Regional Organiser for the GMB Union. He has also served as a District Councillor here in Mansfield.
Fr John, upon being ordained, served for one year at St Barnabas’ Cathedral, then as Parish Priest at Our Lady of the Angels, East Leake, St Margaret Clitherow, Keyworth, and St Hugh’s, Lincoln, where he was Chaplain at Nottingham Trent University. He was also Bishop Patrick’s Health Care Adviser and Coordinator of School Chaplains.
I was born in Princess Mary Maternity Hospital in January 1972, in the city of Newcastle Upon Tyne, and yes, I am a Newcastle United fan, and I only watch Match of the Day when Newcastle win, which means I don’t get to watch it very often…
I was raised a Catholic and went to St. Peter’s RC Primary School in Gateshead, then onto St. Edmund Campion RC Secondary in Wrekenton. I briefly attended Humberside University but left as I wanted to work and earn some money. I did a variety of jobs, bar work and delivering milk, which was okay as long as I didn’t mix them up! I then started as a temp for a month at an engineering firm in Gateshead and ended up working for them for 20 years.
About halfway through my time in engineering, I transferred from the Newcastle site to the one we had in Newark, and I moved home from Gateshead to Lincoln. It was around this time that I started to feel the call to the Priesthood, having returned to practising my faith a few years earlier after quite a while away from it. I spent the next five years or so discerning the call, mainly at the parish of Our Lady of Lincoln, and then eventually applied for the Nottingham Diocese in 2014. I was accepted and then spent 4 years training at the Pontifical Beda College in Rome. I was ordained Deacon at St. Paul Outside the Walls in 2017, and as Priest at St. Barnabas Cathedral by Bishop Patrick in January 2019.
The Churches of Saint Bernadette, Saint Joseph, Saint Philip Neri and Saint Teresa are part of the Diocese of Nottingham and our Bishop is Bishop Patrick McKinney.
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.
Bishop 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, he 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 Gregorian University, where he gained a Licence in Sacred Theology.
Returning from Rome to the Archdiocese of Birmingham, he taught fundamental theology at 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.
Mgr 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.
Mgr McKinney was appointed tenth Bishop of Nottingham by Pope Francis on 14 May 2015, and was ordained to the episcopate by Cardinal Vincent Nichols in St Barnabas’ Cathedral, Nottingham on Friday 3 July 2015. He has taken as his motto ‘Seek the Face of Christ’.