Thomas Dunn (bishop)

Thomas Dunn (28 July 1870 – 21 September 1931) was an English prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as the fifth Bishop of Nottingham from 1916 until his death in 1931.

Thomas Dunn
Bishop of Nottingham
In office25 February 1916–
21 September 1931
PredecessorRobert Brindle
SuccessorJohn Francis McNulty
Ordination2 February 1893
Personal details
Born28 July 1870
Marylebone, London
Died21 September 1931


Born in Marylebone, London on 28 July 1870, he was ordained to the priesthood on 2 February 1893 at Westminster, after which he acted as chaplain at the Visitation at Harrow. In 1895 he was appointed a Private Chamberlain, was made chancellor of Westminster in 1902. In 1906 Dunn was made rector at Staines.[1]

On 3 January 1916, Dunn was appointed the fifth Bishop of Nottingham by Pope Benedict XV.[1] He received his episcopal consecration on the following 25 February from Cardinal Francis Bourne, Archbishop of Westminster, with Bishops Peter Amigo of Southwark and William Cotter of Portsmouth serving as co-consecrators.

Dunn found a rapidly growing diocese and encouraged church building on an unprecedented scale. The first stone of the Church of the Holy Spirit in West Bridgford was laid by Bishop Thomas Dunn in 1929.[2] He introduced the daily recitation of the Divine Office by the Cathedral clergy and gave a more prominent place to the use of plainchant in the liturgy.[3] In 1918, the Xavierian brothers established their novitiate at Deeping St James. The following year the Capuchins transferred the Seraphic college from Cowley to Panton Hall.[1] Towards the end of his tenure, the diocese acquired Padley Chapel as a pilgrimage center.[4]

Dunn died in office on 21 September 1931, aged 61, and is buried in the Cathedral Church of St. Barnabas.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Nottingham", The Catholic Encyclopedia: Supplement. I-", Part 1 (Charles George Herbermann, ed.), Encyclopedia Press, Incorporated, 1922
  2. ^ "Parish History", Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit, West Bridgford
  3. ^ "Nottingham -Cathedral Church of St. Barnabas", Taking Stock
  4. ^ "Churches in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nottingham", AHP, 2011
  5. ^ "Bishop Thomas Dunn". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Robert Brindle
Bishop of Nottingham
Succeeded by
John Francis McNulty