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Fr Chris Thomas, General Secretary of the Bishops' Conference, and Cardinal Vincent Nichols

The Reverend Christopher Thomas is the current General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. 

Contact

The Reverend Christopher Thomas
General Secretary

Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales
39 Eccleston Square
London
SW1V 1BX

gensec@cbcew.org.uk

Biography

Christopher Paul Thomas was born on 24th March 1969 in Swansea, South Wales. The youngest of four children, he came to Nottingham having completed his primary and secondary education to study chemical engineering at the University of Nottingham. He graduated with a Master of Engineering degree in 1991 and with a Doctorate in Philosophy in chemical engineering in 1994. He was a lecturer in that department from 1994 until 1995. Having been baptised in the Church in Wales, he was received into the full communion of the Catholic Church whilst a student in 1993 at the University by Fr Philip O’Dowd, the Catholic Chaplain.

In 1995 he was sent by Bishop James McGuinness to study for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome. He studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University and completed studies in philosophy and theology, gaining a Licence in Sacred Theology specialising in fundamental theology.

He was ordained a priest in St Barnabas’ Cathedral, Nottingham by Bishop Malcolm McMahon OP on 17th July 2001 and was appointed an assistant priest at the Cathedral and Catholic Chaplain to Nottingham Trent University. In 2003 he was appointed parish priest of Corpus Christi, Clifton, Nottingham and in addition transferred to be Chaplain to the University of Nottingham where he remained until 2011. In 2011, he was appointed Episcopal Vicar for Finance & Administration and Moderator of the Curia by Bishop McMahon, and in September 2011, he took on ad interim additional responsibilities as Episcopal Vicar for Catholic Education until December 2011.

On 9 May 2014, he was appointed General Secretary to the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in succession to Bishop Marcus Stock (Leeds). He took up his full responsibilities in November 2014.