St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Church in Cross Street, Gainsborough has a new priest: Monsignor Tom McGovern. He is well known in the Lincoln area, having served in two parishes there, at St Hugh’s and St Peter and Paul. He was born near Enniskillen, Ireland in 1945.

He was educated locally and in Cavan and attended the Seminary in St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny City. He was ordained in 1970 for the Catholic Diocese of Nottingham and has been here ever since. He says how lucky the Diocese is to have had him! He likes all sport except cricket (he does not understand it!). He has been a lifelong supporter of Manchester United but says they have tested his faith on many occasions. He enjoys life and says it has been good to him.