Patron – The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster
The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols was born in Crosby, Liverpool in 1945 and received his secondary education at St Mary’s College. He went on to study for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome gaining licentiates in philosophy and theology at the Gregorian University. He was ordained priest in Rome in 1969 for the Archdiocese of Liverpool. After obtaining an MA in theology at Manchester University in 1971 he was appointed the assistant priest in St Mary’s Parish, Wigan. In 1974 he was awarded MEd by Loyola University, Chicago and then appointed to St Anne’s Parish in Toxteth, Liverpool in 1975 with special responsibility for education.
In 1980 he was appointed Director of the Upholland Northern Institute, the diocesan pastoral and education centre. In 1984 he was appointed General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference for the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland.
Mgr Nichols was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster with responsibility for North London in 1992 and represented the European Bishops at the 1998 Synod of Bishops from Oceania before being appointed to the Synod of Bishops of Europe in 1999 as a special secretary.
In 2000 Bishop Nichols was appointed Archbishop of Birmingham and in 2001 chair of the management board of the Catholic Office of Children and Vulnerable Adults.
He was installed as Archbishop of Westminster at a service in Westminster Cathedral on 21 May 2009.
Archbishop Nichols was one of 19 new Cardinals from around the world appointed at a consistory of Cardinals at the Vatican on 22 February 2014.