The Union of Catholic Mothers

Diocese of Plymouth

 Bishop Mark O'Toole was born in London, in June 1963. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Geography from the University of Leicester in 1984 and then studied for priesthood at Allen Hall Seminary, graduating with a Bachelor of Divinity in Theology. He was Ordained Priest for the Diocese of Westminster by Cardinal Basil Hume on 9th June 1990, and spent his first years as a priest, studying for an M. Phil in Theology at the University of Oxford.

In 1992 he became Assistant Priest at St Mary Magdalene, Willesden Green. He then joined the Staff at Allen Hall Seminary in 1997 for 5 years. There followed a six-year appointment as Private Secretary to Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, before he returned to Allen Hall Seminary as Rector in Sept 2008.

He was appointed Bishop of Plymouth by Pope Francis in November 2013, and ordained to that See on 28th January 2014, taking the Motto, "In Manus Tuas, Domine - Into your hands, Lord". He was created an Ecumenical Canon at Truro Cathedral and is presently Chair of the Department of Evangelisation and Catechesis in the Bishops Conference of England and Wales.

Bishop's House, 45 Cecil Street, Plymouth, Devon. PL1 5HW Telephone 01752 224414



Spiritual Advisor - Fr. Philip Austen Holy Ghost Church, 11 Raddenstile Lane, Exmouth EX8 2JH

Tel: 01395 263384 Email:

Diocesan President - Mrs Diana Norman    Email:

Diocesan Deputy Presdent: Mrs Lorraine Richards    Email:

Diocesan Secretary - Mrs Theresa Hearn    Email:

Diocesan Treasurer: Mrs Eileen Gargan    Email:

Diocesan Media Officer - Mrs Irene Walker    Email:

Diocesan Study Officer - vacant

Diocesan Justice and Peace Officer - vacant

By a decree issued by Bishop Mark on 1st January 2016, the parishes of Exmouth & Budleigh Salteron have been united under the title "The Parish of the Holy Family". The Parish Church is to be Holy Ghost Church, Exmouth. Fr. Philip Austen is appointed as the Parish Priest of the united parish.

Exmouth & Budleigh Salteron: Meet on the first and third Thursday of the month at 2.00pm The Parish Hall, Holy Ghost Church 11 Raddenstile Lane, Exmouth EX8 2JH Tel: 01395 263384 Email:

Plymouth Cathedral Foundation: Meet every Tuesday at 1.30pm to 3.30pm during school term time, in the parish hall. "The Cathedral of St Mary & St Boniface", 45 Cecil Street Plymouth, Devon PL1 5HW.Please contact the Secretary Vivienne Oxley,  Email:

Bournemouth (Kinson) Foundation: Meet on the first Thursday of the month and also two weeks later for a social event, e.g. quiz or talk at Christ The King Church (Holy Family Parish) 46 Durdells Avenue, Kinson, Bournemouth, BH11 9EH. Contact Barbara Rogers  Email:

Plymstock Foundation: Meet at 2.00pm alternate Wednesdays. The Church Hall, St Margaret Mary's RC Church, Quarry Park Road, Plymstock, Plymouth. Contact Mrs Deanna Nolan Email:


Pope`s Intentions for July 2017

Intentions that Pope Francis wants us to pray for this month