Mark O'Toole (bishop)

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Mark O'Toole
Bishop of Plymouth
Coat of arms of Mark O’Toole.svg
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed9 November 2013
PredecessorChristopher Budd
Ordination9 June 1990
by Basil Hume
Consecration28 January 2014
by Christopher Budd
Personal details
Born (1963-06-22) June 22, 1963 (age 55)
Previous postRector of Allen Hall Seminary (2008–2013)
Private Secretary to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor (2002–2008)
MottoIn manus tuas, Domine

Mark O'Toole (born 22 June 1963) is a Roman Catholic Bishop and is the current Bishop of Plymouth.[1]

Born in London, England, he was ordained a priest on 9 June 1990 by Basil Hume for the Archdiocese of Westminster. Between 2002 and 2008 he served as the private secretary to Cormac Murphy-O'Connor[2] before his appointment as the Rector of Allen Hall Seminary.[3]

On 9 November 2013, O'Toole was appointed the ninth Bishop of Plymouth by Pope Francis. He received his episcopal consecration on 28 January 2014.[2]

In O'Toole's homily during the Stella Maris Mass for seafarers on 25 September 2014 in Plymouth Cathedral, O'Toole expressed an affinity with the mission of the Apostleship of the Sea, the Catholic charity that provides pastoral and practical support to all seafarers. He said this was because his grandfather was something of a seafarer and fisherman who owned his own boat and made a living in trading goods and supplies off the West coast of Ireland.[4]


  1. ^ "Pope Francis appoints new English bishop". Catholic Herald. UK. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Seminary Rector Mgr Mark O'Toole appointed Bishop of Plymouth". Independent Catholic News. UK. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  3. ^ "New rector for Allen Hall". Independent Catholic News. UK. 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2013.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ [1], Bishop Mark O'Toole in Stella Maris Mass 2014 Homily.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Christopher Budd
Bishop of Plymouth