A new bishop for Nottingham

 Fr Malcolm McMahon OP, until recently Prior of Blackfriars, Oxford, was ordained Bishop of Nottingham on Friday 8 December. The ceremony took place at the Cathedral of St Barnabas in Nottingham. Rt Rev James McGuinness, Fr Malcolm's predecessor as bishop, was the principal consecrator, with Bishop Patrick O'Donoghue, Auxiliary in the Archdiocese of Westminster, and Bishop Victor Guazzelli, retired Auxiliary in the Archdiocese of Westminster. The Cathedral was packed with Fr Malcolm's friends and family, clergy and laity of the diocese, and many members of the Order of Preachers. Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor preached the homily. Bishop Malcolm was born on 14 June 1949. He attended St Dominic's primary school in Kentish Town, north London, St Aloysius College, Highgate, and Manchester University, where he studied mechanical engineering. After working as an engineer for several years in 1976, he joined the Dominican Order and Blackfriars in Oxford. He was professed in 1977 and ordained priest in 1982 after studying theology at Heythop College. He served as a student chaplain at Leicester, and curate in London before becoming parish priest at St Dominic's in Newcastle upon Tyne. From 1989 to 1992 he was Prior and parish priest at St Dominic's in Haverstock Hill, north London. From 1992 to 2000 he was Prior Provincial of the Dominicans.

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