Honorary Fellow

Bishop John Arnold

  • I was educated at Ratcliffe College, Leicester  and was a student of Jurisprudence at Trinity from 1972-1975.
  • I am now the Roman Catholic Bishop of Salford, having spent more than 20 years as a priest in the Archdiocese of Westminster.
  • I am the spokesperson for the Bishops' Conference on the Environment.
A detail from the back gate to Trinity College, with a gryphon in metal.


I am now the Roman Catholic Bishop of Salford. After leaving Trinity, I was called to the Bar but chose not to pursue a legal career. I studied for the priesthood for seven years in Rome, finishing with a doctorate in Canon Law. I served as a priest in the Archdiocese of Westminster, spending over twenty years in various roles at Westminster Cathedral, and also eight years in a parish in North London. I was an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese from 2006-2014, when I was then translated to the Diocese of Salford. I chair the Trustees of CAFOD and I am spokesperson for the Bishops’ Conference on the Environment. My experience at Westminster Cathedral led me to write The Quality of Mercy concerning the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I felt very privileged to be made a Bencher of Middle Temple and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College.