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Archbishop Malcolm has announced the following Movements and Appointments of Priests to take effect in the Archdiocese of Liverpool from September:

  • Monsignor Anthony Dennick retires as parish priest of Our Lady and St Joseph, Prescot,
  • Canon Joseph Kelly retires as parish priest of St George, Maghull.
  • Fr Michael O’Dowd will be stepping down as Episcopal Vicar for Education after 23 years and is succeeded by Fr Michael Fitzsimons.
  • Canon Chris Fallon to be parish priest of Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs, and St Swithin, Croxteth, in addition to his current appointment at St Teresa, Norris Green.
  • Fr Martin Kershaw to be parish priest of St Teresa, Devon Street, St Helens, in addition to his current appointment at St Austin, Thatto Heath.
  • Fr Andrew Rowlands to be parochial administrator of Our Lady and St Joseph, Prescot, in addition to being parish priest of St Michael and All Angels, Kirkby.
  • Fr Ron Johnson to be parish priest of St Charles and St Thomas More, Aigburth, and also to be Archdiocesan Director of Vocations.
  • Fr Gerard Tuite to be assistant priest at St James, Orrell. Fr Colin Fealey to be parish priest at Christ the King and Our Lady, Liverpool.
  • Fr Andrew Unsworth to be parochial administrator at St James, Orrell.
  • Fr James Preston to join the staff at St Mary’s College, Oscott, as spiritual director.
  • Fr Sean Riley to further studies in Leuven.
  • Fr John Poland to Archbishop’s House as private secretary and assistant at the Metropolitan Tribunal.
  • Fr Anthony Kelly to be assistant priest at Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs and St Swithin, Croxteth and at St Teresa, Norris Green.
  • Fr Mark Drew to be assistant priest at St Paul of the Cross, Burtonwood and St Joseph, Penketh, and residing at Penketh.
  • Fr Kenneth Hyde is on sick leave.

The Archbishop writes: Once again, the list of appointments shows priests taking on additional responsibilities. It is to their credit and shows clearly the apostolic zeal and pastoral care which is characteristic of the priests of our archdiocese. I found their willingness to accept additional roles very touching and I ask you all to join me in keeping them in your daily prayers.


Pope Francis has announced that he will canonise Blessed John Henry Newman in Rome on Sunday the 13th of October. Cardinal Newman will be the first English person since the 17th Century to be officially recognised as a saint by the Catholic Church.

Archbishop Malcolm will be leading a Pilgrimage from the Archdiocese to Rome for the Canonisation of Cardinal Newman, departing from Manchester on Saturday the 12th of October and returning on Tuesday the 15th of October.

The price will include return flights, half-board accommodation in a Rome hotel, airport transfer to the hotel in Rome, a guided tour of Saint Peter’s Basilica and attendance at the Canonisation Mass.

For further details and cost please call Leisure Time Travel on 151 287 8000 or 07512 856 045


Please hold in prayer Thomas Clarke who will be ordained priest by Archbishop Malcolm next Saturday the 13th of July at Saint Charles Borromeo Church in Aigburth. He will be the only new priest ordained for the Archdiocese of Liverpool this year.

The Prince of Peace Community invite you and your family to join them for their 33RD ANNUAL CATHOLIC FAMILY PILGRIMAGE CONFERENCE on the theme of New Dawn in the Church taking place at Walsingham on Norfolk from Monday the 5th to Friday the 9th of August. New Dawn is attended by around 2,000 people each year, many of whom stay on the Family Camp next to the conference field, but there is also accommodation available in the village of Walsingham and the surrounding area. The celebration of Mass is the central focus of each day. There are daily talks by English and international speakers, a choice of workshop sessions each afternoon, and opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Prayer Ministry. Separate sessions are organised for children and young people. For more information and registration please visit or call the Prince of Peace Community in Liverpool on 0151 228 0724.

On Tuesday 12th of February, Pope Francis cleared the way for the CANONISATION OF CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN. Following the announcement, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, issued the following statement: "This is wonderful news which will be greeted with thanks to God by people across the world. Newman’s exploration of faith, depth of personal courage, intellectual clarity and cultural sensitivity make him a deeply admired follower of Christ. He brings together so many of the best of Catholic traditions shared well beyond the Catholic Church. His canonisation wIll be welcomed especially in the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion. For me the truly remarkable nature of this moment is that this is an English parish priest being declared a saint. During his life the people of Birmingham recognised his holiness and lined the streets at the time of his burial. I hope every parish priest in England will hold his head high today knowing Cardinal Newman is declared a saint." Cardinal John Henry Newman was beatified - declared a 'Blessed' - by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on his historic state visit to the UK in September 2010. The date for his canonisation ceremony has not yet been decided.

Reverend Alec Parkinson, Curate at Saint John's, Pemberton, is planning to lead a group to attend the PASSION PLAY AT OBERAMMERGAU for the 2020 performance, combined with holiday time in Austria, from the 13th to the 20th of May 2020.

The cost will be £1,715 per person, including flights from Manchester, luggage, breakfast and dinner each day, and all gratuities. (supplement for single rooms £235).

For more details please contact Revd. Alec Parkinson at 28 Townfields, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, WN4 9LJ or telephone him on 01942 272838 or email

The Family Life Department of the Archdiocese of Liverpool offers a series of informal meetings twice a year, in February and September, to support anyone, DIVORCED OR SEPARATED, finding it hard going through a relationship breakdown, either recently or in the past. The meetings are in small groups and are free, confidential, informative and affirming.

Topics will cover: Facing the effects of what’s happened; Communication and conflict resolution; Letting go; Managing other relationships; Legal matters; an being single and moving forward.

For details of times and venues please contact Maureen O’Brien on 07967 753 371 or Jacqui Selleck on 07793 825 815.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to help run a support group for female asylum seekers and refugees which meets every Wednesday from 10.30am to 12 noon. If you can help please email or telephone 01942 51657. The group meets at SWAP, Pension St, Wigan, WNI 2LP.


Congratulations to Pearse McDonagh from Holy Family Parish who was recently accepted by Archbishop Malcolm to begin the process of discernment and formation with a view to serving in the Archdiocese of Liverpool as a Permanent Deacon. The process begins with a year of discernment and introduction to study (which Pearse will enter into from September) followed by a three-year course of academic, pastoral and spiritual formation. During this time the candidate is formally admitted as a Candidate for Ordination and will receive the ministries of Lector and Acolyte, before eventual ordination and service as a Deacon. Please hold Pearse, his wife Nicola, and their two boys, in your prayers.