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Our Team

Canon John Kyne, V.G.

Canon John was ordained priest for the Diocese of Nottingham here at St Philip Neri in June 2003. Prior to his studies at the Beda College, Rome, he worked as a Regional Organiser for the GMB Union. He has also served as a District Councillor here in Mansfield.

Canon John, upon being ordained, served for one year at St Barnabas’ Cathedral, then as Parish Priest at Our Lady of the Angels, East Leake, St Margaret Clitherow, Keyworth, and St Hugh’s, Lincoln, where he was Chaplain at Nottingham Trent University. He was also Bishop Patrick’s Health Care Adviser and Coordinator of School Chaplains.

Fr Marc Besana

I am Fr. Marc Besana from the Philippines. I am the eldest of a family of 3 children. I started seminary at the age of 12 and was there until I was ordained at the age of 26, These were 13 long but precious years. While parts of being at the Seminary were difficult and challenging, there was fun. I was happy. I’m now 7 years in ministry and counting. My first assignment was a formator in the seminary. Then I was assigned as a priest in a remote mountainous area of the province where I served for two and a half years before I was asked to come to the UK. I am happy working in this part of the Lord’s vineyard.

I like to stay active as much as I can. Tennis is what I like most. I enjoy cycling but not too much in this country because it’s too cold – even during summers!

Our small archdiocese and province has around 150 priests, many serving in the archdiocese, others studying and others, like myself, are on loan to other Dioceses all over the world. During our sending off, Cardinal Advincula told us that he was sending us not because we have an abundance of priests in our Archdiocese but because it would not be missionary to send if we had a surplus of priests. We are a growing Church in Capiz and we need more priests, in fact. He sent us because this part of the vineyard because God needs more labourers, more than what is needed in Capiz. And this is our contribution to the universal Church. Helping those who need help in whatever ways but especially in ministering to God’s people., spreading the Good News and celebrating the Sacraments. We are a church always in a mission.” I hope and pray we help one another on our spiritual journey. God Bless you.

Sr Susan Richert PBVM

I was brought up in the parish of St Joseph’s, Shirebrook and attended St Joseph’s Primary School where the Presentation Sisters taught. I attended Presentation Convent High School, Matlock.

It was the example of the Sisters that led me to join them. I taught for several years in PCHS, Matlock and in St Mary’s High School, Chesterfield. After several years in leadership in my Congregation, I became a school chaplain – first in St Mary’s High School, Chesterfield and then part-time in All Hallows College, Macclesfield. I still support All Hallows by accompanying students to India. I also organise pilgrimages to the Holy Land. I have experience in accompaniment of others, facilitation, primary chaplaincy, retreats and reflection days. I also co-ordinate the Presentation Heritage Centre, in Matlock. I am also the Vicar for Religious in the Nottingham Diocese.

Along with another Sister, I live in St Joseph’s, Shirebrook. I minister in the Parish Communities along with Canon John, Fr Shalbin and Fr Marc.

Bishop Patrick McKinney

The Churches of Saint Philip Neri, Saint Joseph, Saint Patrick and Saint Teresa are part of the Diocese of Nottingham and our Bishop is Bishop Patrick McKinney.

Patrick Joseph McKinney was born in Birmingham on 30th April 1954, the eldest son of Patrick and Bridget McKinney, originally from Ireland; his family moved to Buncrana, in Co Donegal, Ireland, when he was still very young, before returning eventually to Birmingham.

Bishop Patrick began his studies for the priesthood at in St Mary’s College, Oscott, the Archdiocese of Birmingham’s seminary for the training of priests, in 1972, and was ordained to the priesthood on 29th July 1978 in St Mary’s Church, Buncrana, where his family lives.

After his Ordination, he was appointed assistant priest in the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, Yardley Wood, Birmingham, and chaplain to St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School, Kings Norton, Birmingham. Between 1982 and 1984, he was a student at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he gained a Licence in Sacred Theology.

Returning from Rome to the Archdiocese of Birmingham, he taught fundamental theology at St Mary’s College until 1989, when he was appointed Rector of St Mary’s College, a post he held for nine years, during which period he was also a lecturer in ecclesiology, the theology of the Church. He was made a Prelate of Honour in 1990 and a member of the Metropolitan Chapter of St Chad in 1992.

Mgr McKinney left Oscott in 1998, becoming parish priest of St John, Great Haywood, and Episcopal Vicar for the north of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. He left the parish in 2001, remaining as Episcopal Vicar until 2006, when he was appointed parish priest of Our Lady and All Saints, Stourbridge and Dean of the Dudley Deanery. He has also served for a time as Chair of the Birmingham Archdiocesan Ecumenical Commission.

Mgr McKinney was appointed tenth Bishop of Nottingham by Pope Francis on 14 May 2015, and was ordained to the episcopate by Cardinal Vincent Nichols in St Barnabas’ Cathedral, Nottingham on Friday 3 July 2015. He has taken as his motto ‘Seek the Face of Christ’.