It was announced yesterday, on Thursday 14th May, that our Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Patrick McKinney, a Priest of the Archbishop of Birmingham, as tenth Bishop of Nottingham. Monsignor McKinney was appointed in succession to Most Rev Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool on 14th May 2015, and will be ordained to the episcopate by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, in St Barnabas' Cathedral, Nottingham on Friday 3rd July 2015. Commenting upon his appointment, Monsignor McKinney said: "Throughout my priestly ministry, now almost 37 years, I have always tried to do my best in whatever has been asked of me. In this I have been deeply conscious of God's abundant grace and mercy, and I have been greatly sustained by the prayerful support of my brother priests and deacons in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, and by the prayers of the parishioners whom I have been priviliged to serve. Now, as I prepare prayerfully to give my best in the service of the Diocese of Nottingham, I ask for prayers of everyone there. I look forward to getting to know all the priests, the deacons, religious and lay men and women of the Diocese, and also working alongside other Christians and those involved in interreligious work and dialogue in service of the wider community".