Mark Davies (Bishop of Shrewsbury)

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The Right Reverend
Mark Davies
Bishop of Shrewsbury
Mark Davies, bishop of Shrewsbury.jpg
Davies at the 2011 Invocation Festival
Church Roman Catholic Church
Province Birmingham
Diocese Shrewsbury
Appointed 1 October 2010
Predecessor Brian Noble
Other posts
Ordination 11 February 1984
by Thomas Holland
Consecration 22 February 2010
by Brian Noble
Personal details
Born (1959-05-12) 12 May 1959 (age 59)
Manchester, Lancashire, England
Nationality English
Denomination Roman Catholic
Coat of arms Mark Davies's coat of arms

Mark Davies (born 12 May 1959) is a British Roman Catholic prelate. He is the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Shrewsbury in the Province of Birmingham, England.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Manchester, Lancashire in 1959, he attended two schools in Longsight: St Richard's R.C. Primary School and St Robert's R.C. Primary School, and two others in Heaton Chapel, Stockport: Broadstone Hall Primary School and St Anne's Roman Catholic High School. Following his secondary education, he attended the University of Durham and trained for the priesthood at Ushaw College, Durham for the Diocese of Salford.[2]

Priestly career[edit]

He was ordained a priest on 11 February 1984 at St Joseph's Church, Reddish, Stockport, by the Right Reverend Thomas Holland, Bishop of Salford.[2] His first pastoral appointments was as an assistant priest at Our Lady of Grace's Church in Prestwich from March to September 1984, followed by at St Mary’s Church, Swinton from September 1984 to December 1988.[2]

In January 1988, he was appointed the private secretary to Bishop Patrick Kelly of Salford (later Archbishop of Liverpool), a post in which Davies remained until December 1992.[2]

He was appointed the parish priest at St John Bosco's Church, Blackley, Manchester (1992–2003) and became the Dean of North Manchester Deanery.[2] He was appointed the Vicar General of the Diocese of Salford from January 2003 to February 2009.[2]

He was appointed the parish priest at St Teresa's Church, Little Lever (2003–05), then at St Joseph's Church, Longsight (2005–07), and then at Holy Family Church, New Springs, Wigan (2008–09).[2]

Episcopal career[edit]

On 22 December 2009, he was appointed the Coadjutor Bishop of Shrewsbury, and consecrated to the episcopate at St Anthony's Church, Wythenshawe, Manchester on the 22 February 2010. The principal consecrator was Brian Noble, Bishop of Shrewsbury; the principal co-consecrators were Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool and Terence Brain, Bishop of Salford.[2][3][4]

On the retirement of Brian Noble on 1 October 2010, Davies succeeded as the 11th Bishop of Shrewsbury.[1][5][6]

In December 2012, in a Christmas sermon, Davies compared the government's proposals for same sex marriage to the way in which Nazis and Communists had undermined Christian faith.[7]


  1. ^ a b Bishop Mark Davies. Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved on 12 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Right Reverend Mark Davies. The Catholic Church in England and Wales website. Retrieved on 12 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Monsignor Mark Davies announced as new Coadjutor Bishop of Shrewsbury"[permanent dead link], 22 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Bishop Mark Davies ordained as Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Shrewsbury", Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Shrewsbury's new Catholic bishop succeeds in October". BBC News: Shropshire. 7 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "New Bishop of Shrewsbury hoping for long career". BBC News: Shropshire. 2 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Martin, Daniel (24 December 2012). "Senior Roman Catholic Bishop links push for gay marriage to Nazi attack on religion in controversial Christmas sermon". Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 January 2013.