Malcolm Patrick McMahon, OP, KC*HS (born 14 June 1949) is an English prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. Since 2014, he has been the ninth Archbishop of Liverpool. Previously, he was Bishop of Nottingham (Roman Catholic), Bishop of Nottingham from 2000 to 2014.

Early life and ministry

Malcolm McMahon was born in London, the second of three brothers and studied mechanical engineering at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology before working for London Transport Board, London Transport. In 1976, he decided upon an ecclesiastical career and joined the Dominican Order. Making his Profession (religious), religious profession in December 1977, McMahon studied philosophy at Blackfriars, Oxford and theology at Heythrop College. He was Holy Orders, ordained to the priesthood by Basil Hume, Cardinal Basil Hume on 26 June 1982. He served as chaplain of De Montfort University, Leicester Polytechnic for the 1986/7 academic year, whence he served in a London Parish (Catholic Church), parish. McMahon later became Parish Priest of St Dominic's in Newcastle upon Tyne (1989), and of St Dominic's in Haverstock Hill (1990). He was elected prior Provincial superior, provincial of the Dominicans' English Province in both 1992 and 1996. In 2000, he was elected prior of Blackfriars, Oxford.

Episcopal career

Bishop of Nottingham

On 7 November 2000, McMahon was appointed Bishop of Nottingham (Roman Catholic), Bishop of Nottingham by Pope John Paul II. He received his Bishop (Catholicism), episcopal consecration on the following 8 December from Bishop James McGuinness (bishop), James Joseph McGuinness, with Bishops Victor Guazzelli and Patrick O'Donoghue (bishop), Patrick O'Donoghue serving as Consecrator, co-consecrators, in the Nottingham Cathedral, Cathedral Church of St. Barnabas. McMahon's name had been mentioned as a possible successor to Cormac Murphy-O'Connor as Archbishop of Westminster and to Kevin McDonald (bishop), Kevin McDonald as Archbishop of Southwark. He serves as Chair of the Department of Education and Formation of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Chair of the Catholic Education Service, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Trust of England & Wales, Ecclesiastical Advisor to the Knights of Saint Columba, and President of the British Section of Pax Christi, the international Catholic peace movement.

Archbishop of Liverpool

On 21 March 2014 Pope Francis appointed Bishop McMahon as the ninth Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool, Metropolitan See of Liverpool. Archbishop McMahon was Enthronement, enthroned at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on 1 May 2014, the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, before a congregation of three thousand. During his tenure in Liverpool McMahon has collaborated with the traditionalist group the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter or FSSP, presiding over their ordination masses at St Mary's Church, Warrington in 2017 and 2018.


Archbishop McMahon has said that there is no doctrinal reason preventing priests from having wives: He considers clerical celibacy as a "spiritual necessity". In a pastoral letter read in the Diocese of Nottingham on Sunday 25 October 2009, then Bishop McMahon said: He also supports the role of women in Catholic Church, but is against the ordination of women as priests: In the same pastoral letter, Bishop McMahon said: In April 2010, Bishop McMahon appeared on the BBC's ''Hard Talk'' to discuss the Church's response to the sexual abuse of children. He defended the work of the Holy See and the Church in England and Wales on this and expressed the hope that the Vatican would become more open and transparent in its treatment of victims and perpetrators.

Personal info

In his free time, the Archbishop enjoys playing golf and listening to live music and opera but also admits to being a fan of Norah Jones.


On 21 March 2017, Hardman Portrait published a portrait of Archbishop McMahon to be displayed to the public in the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt. Archbishop McMahon is depicted in choir dress, mirroring the black and white portrait of his predecessor Richard Downey, Archbishop Richard Downey. The portrait is one of a series of works depicting current members of Liverpool society alongside their predecessors.


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