Bishop Paul McAleenan was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and Titular Bishop of Mercia on the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, 25 January 2016.
Bishop McAleenan has pastoral care of the deaneries of Hertfordshire which includes the Catholic Parish of Bishop’s Stortford.
Bishop McAleenan is Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the work of Caritas in the diocese and has oversight of all matters concerning Ethnic Chaplaincies and the work of the Permanent Diaconate. He is also the episcopal contact for the diocese’s work with sick and retired priests.
Prior to his episcopal ordination, Bishop McAleenan was a priest of the Diocese of Westminster for over 40 years. He was ordained to the priesthood on 8 June 1985 and has served in various capacities throughout this time, beginning as Assistant Priest at Our Lady of Grace and St Edward in Chiswick. In 1987, he was appointed Assistant Priest at St Aidan’s in Acton and Chaplain at Hammersmith Hospital. In 1990, he was appointed Assistant Stevenage Team Ministry.
He was appointed Parish Priest of St Scholastica’s in Clapton in 1994, where he remained until 2001. He was then appointed Parish Priest of Holy Rood Watford. He was appointed a member of the Cathedral Chapter in 2010.
On 24 November 2015, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster by Pope Francis.
Bishop McAleenan is the Chair of the Office for Migration Policy and a member of the Department for International Affairs.