The Holy Father Pope Francis has today appointed Mgr Timothy Menezes, Dean of St Chad's Cathedral, and Canon Richard Walker, Vicar General, to be new Auxiliary Bishops to serve our Archdiocese.

Mgr Timothy has been the Dean of St Chad's Cathedral since 2019. He is also the Vice-Dean of Birmingham Cathedral and South Deanery. He was the Vicar General for several years and also the Archbishop’s Secretary. Mgr Timothy was installed as an Ecumenical Canon at Lichfield Cathedral in July 2022.

Canon Richard has served as the Vicar General and Trustee of the Archdiocese since September 2020. In previous years he served as the Director of Ongoing Formation for the Archdiocese and Vice Rector at St Mary's College, Oscott.

Information regarding the Episcopal Ordination of Bishops-Elect Mgr Timothy and Canon Richard will be shared in due course.

Archbishop Bernard said: “I am very grateful to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for appointing Mgr Timothy Menezes and Canon Richard Walker as Auxiliary Bishops to serve the Archdiocese of Birmingham.  

“With their long experience of pastoral ministry, their contributions to priestly formation and their dedicated service as Vicars General I know that they will assist me and Bishop David Evans in caring for our clergy and in carrying out our diocesan vision and mission in the years ahead.  

“I ask the prayers of Our Lady and St Chad, St John Henry Newman and Blessed Dominic Barberi for our two bishops-elect as they prepare for their episcopal ordination in the coming weeks.” 

Bishop-Elect Mgr Timothy said: “A vocation to the priesthood is one of my earliest memories and my faith has been nourished by my family. For us, Parish life and Sunday Mass were always so important.

“It has been a privilege to have served as a priest for 29 years. I am grateful to those who have shaped my life through every pastoral experience and I ask those who have been part of the journey of life to pray for me now.

“I have always tried to encourage the young to know the importance of their place in the Church and to value their joyful witness of hope.

“In this new role as a Shepherd, I will continue to serve the Lord, encouraging the People of God, the Religious and my fellow Clergy to know God’s love for them and together to build the Kingdom of God beginning with the needs of those whom we might have left behind: those who are homeless, the asylum seeker and those for whom the Church owes a special duty of care.”

Bishop-Elect Canon Richard said: “It was a surprise to be appointed an auxiliary bishop of Birmingham, but with humility and hope I have accepted.

“It is a privilege to be asked to serve the people of God in this manner and I look forward to continuing to work with Archbishop Bernard and the priests, deacons and people of the Archdiocese to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

“Please keep me in your prayers that, with God’s grace, I may be a faithful shepherd and servant of the Gospel.”

The Bishops-Elect will join Bishop David Evans as Auxiliary Bishops serving the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

Main photograph: Canon Richard, Archbishop Bernard, Mgr Timothy.

Biographical information:

Mgr Timothy Menezes SLL

•    Born 18 July 1970
•    Formation for the Priesthood at St Mary’s College, Oscott, and the Venerable English College, Rome
•    Ordained Priest at St Dunstan’s, Kings Heath, 22 July 1995
•    1995-96 Further Studies, Rome 
•    1996-98 Assistant Priest, St Michael’s, Wolverhampton
•    1998-2000 Assistant Priest, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Redditch
•    2000-2004 Archbishop’s Secretary
•    2004-11 Parish Priest, St Thomas More, Coventry 
•    2011-19 Vicar General
•    2019-Present. Dean, St Chad’s Cathedral
•    2022-Present. Parish Priest, Sacred Heart and St Margaret Mary, Aston.

Canon Richard Walker STL

•    Born 24 October 1960
•    1985 Qualified as a solicitor
•    Formation for the Priesthood at St Mary’s College, Oscott, and the Venerable English College, Rome
•    2000 Awarded Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology from the Gregorian University, Rome
•    Ordained Priest at St Francis, Kenilworth, 22 July 2000
•    2000-2003 Assistant Priest, Christ the King, Coventry 
•    2003-2014 Member of the Formation Staff at St Mary’s College, Oscott, for the majority of which time he was Vice Rector 
•    2014-2020 Parish Priest, St John the Evangelist, Banbury
•    2015-2020 Director of Ongoing Formation for the Archdiocese
•    2017-2020 Member of the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Commission
•    2018-2020 Parish Priest, St Joseph the Worker, Banbury  
•    Trustee of St Mary’s College, Oscott  
•    September 2020 Appointed Vicar General and a Trustee of the Archdiocese.