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Episcopal Ordination of Auxiliary Bishop
posted on 12 September 2011
Bishop elect John Sherrington
Bishop elect John Sherrington

Father John Sherrington from Nottingham Diocese will be ordained as an Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Westminster on Wednesday 14 September at Westminster Cathedral.

Fr Sherrington said: 'I feel an excitement about the opportunity and a fear of what is expected. I know that I will need to rely on God's grace more deeply than ever before and to cultivate my life of prayer. I will use my gifts to the full and to the best of my ability.'

Among his many duties, for the past two years Fr Sherrington has been parish priest at the Good Shepherd church in Nottingham. His last few weeks in Nottingham were busy ones: running the parish, as well as preparing for the move to London.

Fr Sherrington said: “I will miss Bishop Malcolm and the priests of Nottingham as well as my parish, and the people who have cared for me, loved me and supported me in my priestly ministry”. But he added:  “I look forward to working with Archbishop Vincent, his auxiliaries, Bishops Alan and John, the priests and people in the Diocese of Westminster.'

 As Bishop, Fr John Sherrington will be based at St Bonaventure's in Welwyn Garden City in order to be closer to the people and parishes of Hertfordshire as well as travelling into Westminster as necessary.  He said he is looking forward to exploring the Hertfordshire countryside.

Nottingham diocese

Fr Sherrington, 53, was ordained a priest for the Nottingham Diocese in 1987 and has been parish priest for the Good Shepherd Parish in Nottingham for the past two years. In addition to various diocesan curial responsibilities, Fr Sherrington has also assisted the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales on ethical issues and was a part of the working party for the Bishops’ Conference document ‘Cherishing Life’ (2005).

After a degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University and two years working for Arthur Andersen Management Consultants London, Fr Sherrington was accepted by Bishop McGuinness for the Nottingham Diocese and joined seminary at All Hallows in Dublin. He later gained an STL in Moral Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and lectured in moral theology at All Hallows in Dublin and then at St John’s Seminary in Wonersh, Guildford.

The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, said: “I am very grateful to the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, for appointing Fr John Sherrington as Auxiliary Bishop to this Diocese of Westminster. Bishop-elect Sherrington is a priest of wide experience, fine abilities and a generous, graceful nature. I welcome him most warmly as will every member of this Diocese. He will also be a much-valued member of the Bishops' Conference. I thank the Diocese of Nottingham and I am sure that its people and priests will continue to support him with their prayers.”

Biography of Fr John Sherrington 

Born 1958 Leicester, within the Diocese of Nottingham

Brother Michael married to Sarah

Parents Frank and Catherine both deceased

Third-level education

St Thomas More Catholic Primary School Leicester

Wyggeston Boys’ Grammar School Leicester

1997-1980: BA University of Cambridge (Mathematics) Queens’ College

1980: Pilgrimage to Lourdes with ACROSS and the Jumbulance which I see as very important in my journey to priesthood as well as subsequent pilgrimages to Lourdes

1980-1982: Worked for Arthur Andersen Management Consultants London

1982: Accepted by Bishop McGuinness for Nottingham Diocese, although I had worked in London I felt called back to my home diocese to serve

1982-1987: Seminary formation at All Hallows College Dublin

13 June 1987: Ordained Priest for the Diocese of Nottingham

1987-1988: Assistant Priest, Diocese of Nottingham, Ratcliffe on Trent near Nottingham, first introduction to mental health care in large hospital and also Youth offender Institute

1988-1990: STL Gregorian University, Moral Theology

1990-1998: Lecturer in Moral Theology, Formation Work All Hallows College, Dublin

This also provided the opportunity for summer pastoral work in Los Angeles (three times) and twice summer teaching at a Vincentian Seminary in Quezon City Philippines

1998-2004: Lecturer in Moral Theology, St. John's Seminary, Wonersh, Guildford UK and for some time Director of Studies

2005: Member of the Bishops' Conference Working Party writing Cherishing Life

2004-2009: Parish Priest, Our Lady of Lourdes, Derby

Also part of the chaplaincy team for the Mental Health Trust and Acute Trust

Member of the Bishop's Council and Episcopal Vicar for Derbyshire

Chair of the Diocesan Board of Commissions

Chair of the Marriage and Family Life Commission of the Diocese

Member of the British Catholic-Methodist Committee

2004: Appointed to the British Order of Malta Bioethics Committee

Member of the Bishops' Conference Healthcare Reference Group

2009: Parish Priest, Good Shepherd Parish, Nottingham

Since 2004, member of various hospital ethics committees, Boards of School Governors, and the University of Derby Research Ethics Committee

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