Bishop Mark

I will give you shepherds after my own heart.

Jeremiah 3:15


Ever since I was seventeen the Lord has exercised a particular attraction over my heart, no other can replace. That attraction, that sense of being drawn to Him and wanting to respond in a concrete way through service of others, we describe as a vocation. We need to promote vocations in the Church. Our goal must be to instil in our young people such a love and appreciation for the sacraments and the priesthood that they will not only consider a vocation themselves, but also encourage their peers to be open to such a path.

Bishop Mark O’Toole Pastoral letter for Vocations Sunday.

Too many vocations fall by the wayside due to peer pressure. Parents, priests, catechists and teachers all have a part to play in encouraging vocations in our parishes, our schools, and in the accompaniment we offer our young people. I would hope, especially, that in our efforts to reach out to others through our evangelisation initiatives that we will increase a culture of vocations discernment in the diocese.

Contact details

Bishop’s House, 45 Cecil Street, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 5HW
Tel 01752 224 414
Fax 01752 223 750

Bishop’s Private Secretary
Fr Louis Rieunier

Bishop’s Personal Assistant
Claire Baker


Join me

Follow me on Facebook and Twitter to share my thoughts and reflections, and let me know yours.

Latest from Bishop Mark

Bishop Mark gives Radio Interview

Bishop Mark gives Radio Interview

  In an interview on Radio Devon Breakfast Show on Sunday 28th November, Bishop Mark spoke about the Diocesan Process of “Walking Together”.  He also shared the good news that we look forward to receiving the relics of St Bernadette next September/ October and gave a...

Honouring Sunday

Honouring Sunday

Sunday encounter with Christ is vital, indispensable and irreplaceable for Catholics Bishop Mark O'Toole, Lead Bishop for Evangelisation and Discipleship, introduces our series 'The Day of the Lord - Dies Domini'.   Honouring Sunday As the Synodal Pathway of...

St Cuthbert Mayne School

St Cuthbert Mayne School

St Cuthbert Mayne School Recently, St Cuthbert Mayne School celebrated their Patron Saint online.  Bishop Mark gave the attached address.    

Couples for Christ

Couples for Christ

Bishop Mark recently met with Nick and Renee Salabsab at Bishop’s House (photo attached).  They are parishioners at Abbey Road, Torquay and are the Diocesan Coordinators of the ecclesial movement known as “Couples for Christ”.  Nick Salabsab has written the following...