Irishman appointed Bishop of Nottingham

An Irish-born priest has been appointed as the new bishop of the English Diocese of Nottingham.

Msgr Patrick McKinney (61) is the eldest son of Patrick and Bridget McKinney (deceased), originally from Ireland, and was brought up in Birmingham.

His parents moved back to Ireland in the 1970s when he began his studies for the priesthood at St Mary’s College, Oscott, the Archdiocese of Birmingham’s seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1978 in St Mary’s Church, Buncrana, Co. Donegal, where his family live and he regularly visits his brother and sister.

Msgr McKinney will be ordained by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, in St Barnabas’ Cathedral, Nottingham in July.