Rt Rev Tom Williams

Auxiliary Bishop Liverpool


Rt Rev Thomas Anthony Williams, Titular Bishop of Mageo (Mayo), Auxiliary Bishop in Liverpool.

Born: 10 February 1948; Parents: Richard and Margaret Williams (deceased).

Education: 1961-1966 Junior Seminary, Christleton Hall, Chester; 1966-1971 English College, Lisbon (Philosophy and Theology), completing studies at St Joseph’s College Upholland.

Ordained Deacon on 8 December 1971; ordained Priest on 27 May 1972 in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool. In 2001 he was elected to the Chapter of Canons of the Archdiocese. He was ordained Titular Bishop of Mageo and Auxiliary Bishop by Archbishop Patrick Kelly in Liverpool on 27 May 2003 in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. In December 2012 he was appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese and served in this post until May 2014.

Career: In 1972 he was appointed Curate to St Francis of Assisi Parish, Garston, Liverpool and Chaplain to Bellerive Grammar School (1973-1980). In January 1975 he was appointed as Curate to Sacred Heart Parish, Liverpool and Co-Chaplain to the Primary Schools and Liverpool Royal Infirmary (this was the beginning of nine years as Hospital Chaplain – four years at the “Old” Liverpool Royal Infirmary and five years at the “New” Royal Liverpool Hospital). In 1983 he was appointed to Our Lady of Walsingham Parish, Netherton, and also carried out supply work at St Jude’s, Wigan and Holy Spirit, Netherton. In 1984 he became Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish, St Domingo Road, Liverpool. In 1989 he moved to St Anthony’s, Scotland Road as parish priest and in 1999 took on additional responsibility for Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish.

He continued as a member of the Archdiocesan Finance Advisory Committee from 1977 until 2013. He has been a member of the George Andrew Fund Committee for Sick and Retired Clergy from 1993 to date (Secretary and Treasurer of the Fund from 1993 to 2003). Member of the Liverpool City Centre Ecumenical Team 1996 to date. Member of the Archdiocesan Building Projects Committee from 1986 to 2003. He has served as Governor and Chair of Governors in Archdiocesan primary and secondary schools during the last 35 years.

During his time as parish priest of St Anthony’s, Scotland Road, he was a member of a local organisation (FLAME) in north Liverpool which sourced funding to train local teenagers to work in Lourdes with children and young people with disabilities, and also travelled with them to Lourdes each year. He is currently the Episcopal Liaison for the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales with HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust.

In 1997 he became Chair of Project Jennifer – a local initiative formed by parishioners and others in the Scotland Road area to re-generate the north end of Liverpool – this resulted in new-build housing and a new retail park which opened in 2017. As part of this development, he worked in partnership with John Hargreaves, NSPCC and Liverpool City Council in the construction of what became known as NSPCC and Childline’s “The Hargreaves Centre”, and in consequence he continues to MC the annual NSPCC Carol Concert in Liverpool.

Since 2003 he has been a member of the Bishops’ Conference Department of Christian Responsibility and Citizenship and was Chair of the Department’s Health and Social Care Advisory Group from 2003 until 2016. He is currently working with the Travelling Community, again as part of the Department of Christian Responsibility and Citizenship. He also Chairs the Archdiocese of Liverpool’s Healthcare Reference Group.


For a more detailed biography, visit the Archdiocese of Liverpool’s website.


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