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Biography

22nd June 1963 Born in London, the youngest son of Marcus and Maura O’Toole who originally came from the Irish-speaking community of Connemara, Galway, Ireland.   Attended St Ignatius Primary School, Stamford Hill and St Thomas More Secondary school in Wood Green.  Left school with four ‘A’ levels in 1981.
1984 Graduated with a B.Sc. in Geography from the University of Leicester.
1984 - 1989 Studied for the Priesthood at Allen Hall Seminary, graduating with a Bachelor of Divinity in Theology.
1989 - 1990 Pastoral work as a deacon in St Joan of Arc Parish, Highbury.
9th June 1990 Ordained priest of the Diocese of Westminster by Cardinal Basil Hume.
1990 - 1992 M. Phil in Theology at the University of Oxford. Wrote a thesis on the relationship between Divine and Human freedom supervised by the Lady Margaret Professor, Dr Rowan Williams.
1992 - 1997 Assistant priest in St Mary Magdalene parish, Willesden Green; part-time lecturer in Catechesis.
1997 - 2002 Member of Staff at Allen Hall Seminary – Lecturer in Theology and Formation Adviser to seminarians.  Sacred License in Theology from Pontifical University, Leuven granted in 2000.
1999 - 2002 Dean of Studies, Allen Hall Seminary.
2002 - 2008 Private Secretary to Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster.
6th Sept 2008 Appointed Rector, Allen Hall Seminary.
28th Jan 2014 Ordained ninth Bishop of Plymouth.
12th Oct 2014 Installed as honorary Canon at Truro Cathedral
18th Sept 2016 Installed as honorary Canon of Exeter Cathedral