The Right Reverent John Stanley Kenneth ARNOLD


Bishop John Arnold was born in Sheffield on 12th June 1953.  He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he studied Law at Trinity College.  He was called to the bar in the Middle Temple in 1976 after studying at the Council of Legal Education.

After joining the noviate of the Institute of Charity (Rosminians) and taking simple vows in 1978, he began his studies at the Gregorian University in Rome.  In 1983 Bishop John transferred to the Archdiocese of Westminster, continuing his studies at the Venerable English College, Rome, obtaining both a licence and a doctorate in Canon Law.

He was ordained Deacon by Cardinal Basil Hulme on 27th November 1982, and Priest on 16th July 1983, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  He subsequently continued his studies in Rome, returning to Westminster to be appointed as a Chaplain at Westminster Cathedral, with responsibilities for the Westminster Hospital.  In 1989 Father John was appointed Sub-Administrator of Westminster Cathedral serving in that role until 1993, when he was appointed as Parish Priest of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. George at Enfield, serving also as Promoter of Justice.

In 2001 Cardinal Cormac O'Connor appointed Father John as Chancellor and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Westminster, being named by Pope John Paul II as a Chaplain to the Papal Household in 2003.

He was ordained Bishop on 2nd February 2006 and assigned to the Titulat See of Lindisfarne and appointed as an Auxilliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Westminster.

Other roles have included: assisting in the compilation of two books published by Cardinal Hulme; "Light in the Lord" and Towards a Civilisation of Love".  Having contributed to "AIDS - Meeting the Community Challenge" he published "The Quality of Mercy, a fresh look at the Sacrament of Reconciliation" in 1993.

Bishop John is a member of the Bishops' Conference Department of International Affairs and Chair of CAFOD's Board of Trustees-CAFOD is the Church's official overseas Aid Development Charity; and a trustee of Caritas Social Action Network which co-ordinates social action within the Catholic Church in England and Wales. 

Pope Francis appointed Bishop John Arnold as the Bishop of Salford on Tuesday 30th September 2014.


Bishop John's Motto.

Quo fas vocat - "Go where Divine Providence calls you".

Bishop John explains:    "This was the motto of Lord Oscar Murton of Lindisfarne who died in 2009.  I met him at the time of my ordination as an Auxilliary Bishop in 2006.  As an Auxilliary Bishop I was given the title of "Bishop of Lindisfarne" and he asked me if I would like to take his motto.

The meaning has significance for me in that seeking to discern and live according to Divine Providence is the particular character of the Institute of Charity (The Rosminians), the religious order who taught in two schools which I attended.  I also entered the Institute of Charity and was a member for five years as I began my formation for priesthood.

Divine Providence is closely associated with the seeking of "God in all things" which lies at the heart of the spirituality which guided the monks of Lindisfarne in the times when Holy Island was the cradle of Christianity in the Seventh and Eighth Centuries.  I have always tried to recognise Divine Providence in my life, particularly through the promise of obedience that I made at the time of my ordination to the Diaconate. 

It is that sense of willing obedience to Pope Francis that brings me to accept his wish to appoint me to the diocese of Salford."



                                                          The procession will start from St. Edward's Church, Rusholme, M14 5SG                                                                                                                                                       at 10.00 am on Sunday 6th October.                                                                                                                                                                               Bishop Arnold will be walking with the procession                                                                                      and leaflets are available at the rear of the church.



There are several notices on display in the Porch

including Cafod Memorial Mass

Women's Study Day

Katherine House

Spirituality and Study Events.

& 'Thank yous' from Cornerstone.



(poster in the porch)



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and their families, who have been received into the Catholic Church. 

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