Bob Whiteside was born in Derry in 1941. He studied for the priesthood in All Hallows College, Dublin and was ordained for the Diocese of Leeds in 1969. He has a Masters in Liturgy and is a qualified supervisor in Clinical Pastoral Education. He returned to All Hallows and worked for many years in the area of Pastoral and Spiritual development. In more recent years, he has been involved with several religious orders in training programmes for their lay personnel.