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LIVERPOOL CATHEDRAL CELEBRATING 50 YEARS
- A LOOK BACK AT OUR COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE
I am writing this on the twentieth anniversary of my ordination as a bishop. Every bishop will tell you of the moment he received his call to be a bishop. Unlike most callings that we receive to serve God in his church this one comes out of the blue and isn’t the result of a process of discernment or preparation, at least by the new bishop.
One of the many gifts I received from the Dominicans, whence I came, was to develop an inner freedom which didn’t tie me to a place or a particular work. There is no stability in Dominican life, and this is a literal fact. My call to be a bishop meant I had to move away from the Order and to live a life without the support of living in community. Thankfully, the priests, religious and people of the dioceses I have served have filled the gap through their friendship, prayers and good humour.
I have learnt much from them since I have been a bishop, but one thing stands out and that is a deeper awareness of the vocation of the baptised. The universal call to holiness took on a new meaning for me when I saw it in action in the lives of people. One of the graces of a being a bishop is to have an overview of the church. No longer do I see things from my own narrow perspective but because of the many people I meet and get to know, the contact I have with them in their joys and sufferings, and the life which they live in the Spirit of God, my eyes have been opened.
Most Rev Malcolm McMahon OP
Archbishop of Liverpool