Thank you to our friends at St John Bosco Catholic Academy for sharing this Novena, which came from the Diocesan Education Service (DES). All are invited to pray for our Bishops-Elect over the next nine days.

The Mass of Ordination of Monsignor Timothy Menezes and Canon Richard Walker will take place at St Chad's Cathedral on Tuesday 16 July.

All are invited to join online via the cathedral's live stream facility

In April the Holy Father Pope Francis appointed Mgr Timothy, Dean of St Chad's Cathedral, and Canon Richard, 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.

Let us pray for them both by praying the Novena:

Photograph: Canon Richard and Mgr Timothy.