Diocese of Salford

Bishop John 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 entering the novitiate of the Institute of Charity (Rosminians) and taking simple vows in 1978, he began his studies at the Gregorian University in Rome. In 1981 Bishop John transferred to the Archdiocese of Westminster, continuing his studies at the Venerable English College Rome and completing both a licence and a doctorate in Canon Law. John Arnold was ordained Deacon by Cardinal Basil Hume 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 in Enfield, serving also as Promoter of Justice.

In 2001 Cardinal Cormac Murphy-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, assigned the Titular See of Lindisfarne and appointed as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Westminster.

Other roles have included assisting in the compilation of two books published by Cardinal Hume; “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 for International Affairs; Chair of CAFOD’s Board of Trustees and a Trustee of Caritas Social Action Network. Pope Francis appointed Bishop John Arnold as the Bishop of Salford on Tuesday, 30th September 2014. His installation at Salford Cathedral took place on Monday 8th December 2014, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

UCM Diocesan Officers

Diocesan President: Kathleen Henderson-Playfair

Diocesan Secretary: Mary Clark / Jenny Ferguson ucmsafordsecretary@gmail.com

Diocesan Treasurer: Joan Sweeney

St Ann Stretford

Meetings held Monthly on a Tuesday 7:30pm

St Charles Swinton

Meetings held 1st Tuesday of the month 1 - 3pm

Guardian Angels

Meetings held 2nd and 4th Thursday 2:30 - 4:30pm

St Hilda's Tottington

Meetings held fortnightly on a Thursday 2pm

Our Lady & St John Chorlton

Meetings held Thursday 7pm

St Joseph's Reddish

Meetings held 1st Monday of the month 8pm

St Mary's and St John Fisher Denton

Meetings held Monday 8pm

St Luke's Salford

Meetings held 2nd Wednesday of the month 7:30pm

St Mary's Osbaldeston

Meetings held on Wednesday 8pm

Our Lady of the Assumption Middleton

Meetings held on 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month 10:00pm

St Mary and St Philip Nero Radcliffe

Meetings held on Wednesday 7:30pm

St Peter and St Paul Salford

Meetings held on 1st Thursday of the month 7pm

St Patrick Rochdale

Meetings held on Thursday 7:30pm

St Vincent De Paul Over Hulton

Meetings held on 4th Wednesday of the month 2pm