Patrick Kelly (archbishop of Liverpool)

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His Grace The Most Reverend
Patrick Kelly
Archbishop Emeritus of Liverpool
Church Roman Catholic Church
Archdiocese Archdiocese of Liverpool
Province Province of Liverpool
Appointed 21 May 1996
Installed 3 July 1996
Term ended 27 February 2013
Predecessor Derek Worlock
Successor Malcolm McMahon OP
Ordination 18 February 1962
by William Godfrey
Consecration 3 April 1984
by Thomas Holland
Personal details
Birth name Patrick Altham Kelly
Born (1938-11-23) 23 November 1938 (age 79)
Morecambe, Lancashire, England
Nationality British
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
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Patrick Altham Kelly STL PHL KC*HS (born 23 November 1938) is an English prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Liverpool following his resignation which took effect on 27 February 2013;[1] he was formerly Vice President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

Early life[edit]

Kelly was born in Morecambe, Lancashire, educated at Preston Catholic College,[2] and was ordained to the priesthood on 18 February 1962, at the Venerable English College, in Rome.[3]


Kelly taught systematic theology in Oscott Seminary and later became rector of the latter in 1978.

On 9 March 1984, Kelly was appointed Bishop of Salford by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 3 April from Bishop Thomas Holland, with Archbishops Derek Worlock and Maurice Couve de Murville serving as co-consecrators. Kelly was appointed Archbishop of Liverpool by Pope John Paul II on 21 May 1996.[3]

In early 2012, Archbishop Kelly celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his ordination to the sacred priesthood, commencing with an intimate mass at the local Carmelite Convent and followed the next day by Solemn High Mass at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. The mass was attended by eminent Roman Catholic clergymen, including Cardinals Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and Jean-Louis Tauran. The Papal Nuncios to Britain and Guatemala, Archbishops Menini and Gallagher were also in attendance; alongside Cardinal (then Archbishop) Vincent Nichols.

In his spare time the Archbishop enjoys listening to classical music and attending concerts, especially those given by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.[4]

On the morning of Monday 10 December 2012, Archbishop Kelly was admitted to hospital after suffering from a mild stroke, his condition was described as 'comfortable'[5]

Subsequent suffering from the stroke, Archbishop Kelly was advised to take a long period of convalescence which he did in Lancashire, North West England. Despite having a year left in office before he was due to tender his official resignation, it was announced on Monday 7 January 2013, that Archbishop Kelly had submitted his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI, who accepted Kelly's resignation on 27 February 2013.[1] On 21 March 2014, Malcolm McMahon, formerly Bishop of Nottingham, was appointed by Pope Francis to succeed Archbishop Kelly.


Archbishop Kelly was opposed to making agreements with the Society of Saint Pius X in the hopes of better defending the legacy of the Second Vatican Council.[6]


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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Thomas Holland
Bishop of Salford
Succeeded by
Terence Brain
Preceded by
Derek Worlock
Archbishop of Liverpool
Succeeded by
Malcolm McMahon