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Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP

Archbishop Malcolm Patrick McMahon OP was born and brought up in London. When he left school, he studied mechanical engineering at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He worked in the transport industry before joining the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) in 1976 and was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Basil Hume on 26 June 1982.

Bishop Thomas Neylon VG

Bishop Neylon is the Titular Bishop of Plestia. Born in 1958, he is the oldest of three children of Irish parents who met in Warrington and were married at Sacred Heart Church in the town.

Rev Canon Aidan Prescott VG

Canon Prescott serves as the Moderator of the Curia of the Archdiocese. He was appointed as a Vicar General on 1 March 2021. He is also parish priest of St Clare and St Hugh near Sefton Park.  He deals with the  administrative functions pertaining to the ministry of the vicars general.

Bishop Emeritus Thomas Anthony Williams

Bishop Williams is the Titular Bishop of Mageo. He was born on the 10th February 1948, in Liverpool. His father, Richard, was a bargee based in Stanley Dock and his mother, Margaret, was a school cleaner.

Our Episcopal Vicars

Under Canon Law, a bishop can appoint one or more Episcopal Vicars who, in a specific part of the diocese or in a certain area of responsibility, possess the same ordinary power as the Bishop.

In the Archdiocese of Liverpool there are six Episcopal Vicars with responsibility for Clergy, Education, Finance, Pastoral Development, Religious, and Sick and Retired Clergy. In addition, Sr Lynne Baron FCJ is the Archbishop’s Delegate for Catholic Social Action.

Rev
Gerard
Callacher
Rev Gerard Callacher
Trustee
Staff
Priest
Role
Episcopal Vicar for Parish Development
Department
Pastoral Development
Sub-department
Status
Serving
Parish
Priest
at
at
Callacher
Gerard
Trustee
Biography
Fr Gerard was appointed as Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Organisation in 2023. He is also Parish Priest of St Monica and St Richard, Bootle and St Francis de Sales, Walton. He is also Dean for Sefton Coast South.
Rev
Graeme M
Dunne
Rev Graeme M Dunne
Priest
Role
Episcopal Vicar for Finance
Department
Finance
Sub-department
Status
Serving
Parish
Priest
at
St Gregory, Chorley
Parish
Priest
at
at
Dunne
Graeme M
Biography
Fr Graeme is Episcopal Vicar for Finance, and also Parish Priest of St Gregory, Chorley and St Oswald, Coppull. He is also the Dean of Lancashire.
Rev Canon
Michael
Fitzsimons
Rev Canon Michael Fitzsimons
Trustee
Staff
Priest
Role
Episcopal Vicar for Education
Department
Education
Sub-department
Status
Serving
Parish
Priest
at
St Columba, Huyton
Parish
Priest
at
at
Fitzsimons
Michael
Trustee
Biography
Canon Michael is Episcopal Vicar for Education and parish priest of St Columba and St John Fisher in Huyton and Knowsley Village.
Rev Mgr
Philip
Gregory
Rev Mgr Philip Gregory
Priest
Role
Episcopal Vicar for Clergy
Department
Sub-department
Status
Serving
Parish
Priest
at
at
Gregory
Philip
Biography
Rev Mgr
Philip
Inch
Rev Mgr Philip Inch
Trustee
Staff
Priest
Role
Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Organisation and Synod Implementation
Department
Pastoral Development
Sub-department
Status
Serving
Parish
Priest
at
Holy Rosary, Aintree
Parish
Priest
at
at
Inch
Philip
Trustee
Biography
Mgr Inch is Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Organisation and Synod Implementation and parish priest of Holy Rosary, Aintree Village. He served as a moderator of Synod 2020 and is closely involved in the implementation of the Pastoral Plan.
Rev Mgr Canon
Stephen
Maloney
Rev Mgr Canon Stephen Maloney
Priest
Role
Episcopal Vicar for Sick and Retired Clergy
Department
Sub-department
Status
Serving
Parish
Priest
at
All Saints, Anfield
Parish
Priest
at
at
Maloney
Stephen
Biography
Rev
Godric
Timney OSB
Rev Godric Timney OSB
Priest
Role
Episcopal Vicar for Religious
Department
Sub-department
Status
Religious
Parish
Priest
at
St Anne, Ormskirk
Parish
Priest
at
at
Timney OSB
Godric
Biography

Our Trustees

Most Rev
Malcolm
McMahon OP
Most Rev Malcolm McMahon OP
Trustee
Priest
Role
Archbishop of Liverpool
Department
Sub-department
Status
Religious
Parish
Priest
at
Parish
Priest
at
at
McMahon OP
Malcolm
Trustee
Biography
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon is the chair of the trustees. He was ordained for the Order of Preachers on 26 June 1982. He became Archbishop of Liverpool on 1 May 2014.
Right Rev
Thomas
Neylon VG
Right Rev Thomas Neylon VG
Trustee
Priest
Role
Titular Bishop of Plestia and Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool
Department
Sub-department
Safeguarding
Status
Serving
Parish
Priest
at
Parish
Priest
at
at
Neylon VG
Thomas
Trustee
Biography
Bishop Tom was ordained as Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool on 3 September 2021.
Rev
Gerard
Callacher
Rev Gerard Callacher
Trustee
Staff
Priest
Role
Episcopal Vicar for Parish Development
Department
Pastoral Development
Sub-department
Status
Serving
Parish
Priest
at
at
Callacher
Gerard
Trustee
Biography
Fr Gerard was appointed as Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Organisation in 2023. He is also Parish Priest of St Monica and St Richard, Bootle and St Francis de Sales, Walton. He is also Dean for Sefton Coast South.
Rev Mgr
John
Devine OBE
Rev Mgr John Devine
Trustee
Staff
Priest
Role
Department
Sub-department
Status
Serving
Parish
Priest
at
at
Devine OBE
John
Trustee
Biography
Monsignor Devine is Dean of the Isle of Man and parish priest of St Mary of the Isle, Douglas.
Rev
Dcn Graeme
Easton
Rev Graeme Easton
Trustee
Deacon
Role
Trustee
Department
Sub-department
Status
Serving
Parish
Deacon
at
at
Easton
Dcn Graeme
Trustee
Biography
Graeme has lived on the Isle of Man for 22 years where he chairs the parish pastoral council for St Mary’s and St Columba’s Castletown and Port Erin. He is completing training for the permanent diaconate in the archdiocese and is due to be ordained on 23 July. He has held a number of senior finance roles with various companies in the UK and Isle of Man and brings his business and financial understanding to the trustees.
Rev Canon
Michael
Fitzsimons
Rev Canon Michael Fitzsimons
Trustee
Staff
Priest
Role
Episcopal Vicar for Education
Department
Education
Sub-department
Status
Serving
Parish
Priest
at
St Columba, Huyton
Parish
Priest
at
at
Fitzsimons
Michael
Trustee
Biography
Canon Michael is Episcopal Vicar for Education and parish priest of St Columba and St John Fisher in Huyton and Knowsley Village.
Ian
Hollows
Ian Hollows
Trustee
Role
Trustee
Department
Sub-department
Status
Parish
at
Parish
at
at
Hollows
Ian
Trustee
Biography
Ian has 40 years’ board-level experience of major multinational companies. A chartered accountant, he spent 24 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was a senior partner for over 16 years. Subsequently, he undertook risk management consultancy roles with Lloyds Bank, London, and ABN AMRO in Amsterdam. In 2004 he became a director and later finance director of Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. He retired in 2010.
Rev Mgr
Philip
Inch
Rev Mgr Philip Inch
Trustee
Staff
Priest
Role
Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Organisation and Synod Implementation
Department
Pastoral Development
Sub-department
Status
Serving
Parish
Priest
at
Holy Rosary, Aintree
Parish
Priest
at
at
Inch
Philip
Trustee
Biography
Mgr Inch is Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Organisation and Synod Implementation and parish priest of Holy Rosary, Aintree Village. He served as a moderator of Synod 2020 and is closely involved in the implementation of the Pastoral Plan.
Sean
Keyes
Sean Keyes
Trustee
Role
Trustee
Department
Sub-department
Status
Parish
at
Parish
at
at
Keyes
Sean
Trustee
Biography
Sean has lived and worked in the Liverpool City Region for over 50 years. He has worked in the construction industry for over 35 years, gaining a vast knowledge of buildings and commercial aspects of running a business, skills which he brings to the trustees.
Carol
Lawrence
Carol Lawrence
Trustee
Role
Trustee
Department
Sub-department
Status
Parish
at
Parish
at
at
Lawrence
Carol
Trustee
Biography
Carol was a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor, and was a partner in a firm based on the Wirral before moving to the Diocese of Shrewsbury as its financial secretary/COO in 2009. Since then, she has undertaken a number of roles in Church bodies such as the chair of the Financial Secretaries’ Conference, a trustee of CATEW and holds directorships in Inter-Diocesan Fuel Management and the Catholic National Mutual. She was also a director of the CSSA between 05 February 2021 – 31 December 2023.
Rev
Matthew
Nunes
Rev Matthew Nunes
Trustee
Staff
Priest
Role
Department
Sub-department
Status
Serving
Parish
Priest
at
St Mark, Halewood
Parish
Priest
at
at
Nunes
Matthew
Trustee
Biography
Father Matthew is parish priest of St John Vianney, Halewood. He served as a moderator of Synod 2020 and is closely involved in the implementation of the Pastoral Plan.
Colette
O'Brien
Colette O'Brien
Trustee
Role
Trustee
Department
Sub-department
Status
Parish
at
Parish
at
at
O'Brien
Colette
Trustee
Biography
Colette is now retired and was a former teacher and Director of Children's and Young People's Services at Liverpool City Council.
Rev Provost
Anthony
O'Brien
Rev Provost Anthony O'Brien
Trustee
Priest
Role
Department
Sub-department
Status
Serving
Parish
Priest
at
at
O'Brien
Anthony
Trustee
Biography
Canon Tony has served as dean of the Metropolitan Cathedral since 2006 and is also Provost of the Chapter of Canons. He previously served as episcopal vicar for finance and development and as parish priest of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Liverpool.
Rev Canon
Aidan
Prescott VG
Rev Canon Aidan Prescott VG
Trustee
Staff
Priest
Role
Moderator of the Curia
Department
Chancery
Sub-department
Status
Serving
Parish
Priest
at
St Clare, Sefton Park
Parish
Priest
at
at
Prescott VG
Aidan
Trustee
Biography
Canon Aidan serves as a vicar general and as Moderator of the Curia. He is parish priest of St Clare and St Hugh in Arundel Avenue, just across the road from the St Margaret Clitherow Centre.

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Rev
John
Poland
Rev Canon John Poland
Staff
Priest
Role
Private Secretary to Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP
Department
Sub-department
Status
Serving
Parish
Priest
at
Parish
Priest
at
at
Marian
Kelly
Marian Kelly
Staff
Role
Executive Assistant to Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP
Department
Sub-department
Status
Parish
at
Parish
at
at