28/05/2012 9:13 am
Celebrating 40 years as a priest and nine as a Bishop
Yesterday, on the Feast of Pentecost, the Right Reverend Tom Williams, Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool, celebrated the Ruby Jubilee of his ordination to the Priesthood.
Ordained by Archbishop George Andrew Beck on 27 May 1972 in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool, Bishop Tom celebrated the 11am Pentecost Mass in the diocesan Mother Church to mark the occasion.
It also marked the ninth anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination as Bishop of Mageo and Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool in the same Cathedral by Archbishop Patrick Kelly on 27 May 2003.
Born in Liverpool on Shrove Tuesday, 10 February 1948, Tom Williams entered Junior Seminary to train for the priesthood at Christleton Hall, Chester in 1961 before studying at the English College in Lisbon, Portugal, from September 1966 to 1971. He completed his studies at St Joseph’s College, Upholland.
He served at St Francis of Assisi, Garston, Sacred Heart, Liverpool, where he was also Chaplain to the Royal Liverpool Hospital, Our Lady of Walsingham, Netherton, Our Lady Immaculate, Liverpool and St Anthony’s, Scotland Road, Liverpool.
As Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool he also serves as Chair of the Healthcare Reference Group of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
Bishop Tom says of his years of ministry:
"It's been a great honour and privilege to be a part of the lives of so many people. I just love being a priest - especially in this day and age - especially in this City of Liverpool."
The office website of the Archdiocese of Liverpool
Bishops' Conference Healthcare section