Fr Mark comes from Eccles, Salford, although his parents were both originally from Glasgow. He is part of a large family being the seventh of eight children. He went to school at Upholland College, Junior Seminary and then studied Theology at Leeds Trinity University. He trained for the priesthood at the Venerable English College, Rome being ordained as a priest of Salford Diocese in 1995.
He has served the diocese as Assistant Priest in the parishes of St Mary's, Radcliffe and St Cuthbert's Withington before being appointed Parish Priest of St Gabriel's, Castleton in 1999. In 2002 this was amalgamated with the neighbouring parish of St John's Rochdale and Fr Mark continued as Parish Priest of this combined parish until 2008.
After nine years as Parish Priest in Castleton and Rochdale, Fr Mark was appointed to the staff of the English College in Rome, initially as the Pastoral Director, and then as Vice Rector where he served for eight years until 2016
At the start of Advent 2016 Fr Mark was appointed Parish Priest of St Mary’s, Brownedge.