New bishop for Nottingham

 Pope John Paul II has appointed the Rt Rev Malcolm McMahon OP, the former Dominican Provincial, to be the new Catholic Bishop of Nottingham. He is the first Dominican priest to be appointed a bishop in England and Wales since the Restoration of the Hierarchy in 1850. At the same time, the Pope has accepted the resignation of Bishop James McGuinness who has been Bishop of Nottingham since 1974. Bishop McGuinness reached the retirement age of 75 in October. Commenting on his appointment, Fr McMahon said: "I feel honoured to be appointed as Bishop of Nottingham in succession to Bishop James McGuinness. Bishop McGuinness is, I know, a man who is held in very high regard by the priests and people of the diocese, and by many in the area in which he has ministered faithfully. Clearly, I will want to build on the firm foundations established by my predecessor and to work closely with priests and lay people in our common mission of evangelisation. A priority for me will certainly be to support and encourage the young, those who are starting out on their journey as young married people and those who feel they have a vocation to serve God either in priesthood or religious life. I am conscious that in the Diocese of Nottingham there is a large Asian community and I am anxious to forge stronger links between Catholics and those of other faiths." Born in London on 14 June 1949, Malcolm McMahon was educated at St Aloysius College, Highgate, and UMIST in Manchester, where he graduated in mechanical engineering. After working for the Daimler Motor Company in Coventry and London Transport, he joined the Dominican Order in 1976, and studied at Blackfriars, Oxford. He was professed in 1977, and ordained priest in 1982. He continued to study at Blackfriars and at Heythrop College, London, before becoming chaplain at Leicester Polytechnic (1984-85). From 1985 to 1989 he was an assistant priest in London, and became parish priest at St Dominic's, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in 1989. Later that year he was appointed prior and parish priest at St Dominic's, Haverstock Hill, London. In 1992 he was elected Prior Provincial of the English Province of Dominicans, based in London. He was re-elected in 1996 and held office until earlier this year. Fr McMahon was national chaplain to Marriage Care from 1992 to 1993, and a member of Marriage Care's national executive from 1993 to 1999. He is due to be ordained as Bishop of Nottingham in December 2000, at the Cathedral Church of St Barnabas, Nottingham.

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