Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle

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For the Saxon bishopric at Hexham, see Bishop of Hexham.
Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle
Bishopric
Catholic
Incumbent:
Séamus Cunningham

Province: Liverpool
Diocese: Hexham and Newcastle
Cathedral: St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne
First Bishop: William Hogarth
Formation: 29 September 1850,
name changed 23 May 1861

The Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle is the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle in the Province of Liverpool, known also on occasion as the Northern Province.[1]

History[edit]

With the gradual abolition of the legal restrictions on the activities of Catholics in England and Wales in the early 19th century, Rome decided to proceed to bridge the gap of the centuries from Queen Elizabeth I by instituting Catholic dioceses on the regular historical pattern. Thus Pope Pius IX issued the Bull Universalis Ecclesiae of 29 September 1850 by which thirteen new dioceses which did not formally claim any continuity with the pre-Elizabethan English dioceses were created. The Vicariate Apostolic of the Northern District was duly elevated to diocese status as the Diocese of Hexham.

On 23 May 1861 the diocese became the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. In the early period from 1850 the diocese was a suffragan of the Metropolitan See of Westminster, but under Pope Pius X, on 28 October 1911, it was assigned to the newly created Province of Liverpool.

Current situation[edit]

The present diocese covers an area of 7,700 km² of the counties of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, and Durham. The see is in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne where the seat is located at the Cathedral Church of Saint Mary, which was consecrated on 21 August 1860.

The Bishop's residence is Bishop's House, East Denton Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The previous bishop was the Right Reverend Kevin John Dunn, the 12th Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle until his death from pneumonia, aged 57, on 1 March 2008 at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, where he had been treated for a number of weeks.[2]

The current bishop is the Right Reverend Séamus Cunningham, who was appointed the 13th Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle by Pope Benedict XVI on 9 January 2009. He had previously served as Vicar General and Diocesan Administrator. He was ordained on 20 March 2009, the Feast of Saint Cuthbert, patron of the diocese.

Past and present ordinaries[edit]

From 1850 to 1861 the title was Bishop of Hexham, and since 1861 it has been Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle.[1]

Bishops of Hexham and Newcastle
From Until Incumbent Notes
1850 1866 William Hogarth Previously Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District (1848–1850). Appointed Bishop of Hexham on 29 September 1850. The episcopal title changed to Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle on 23 May 1861. Died in office on 29 January 1866.[3]
1866 1882 James Chadwick Appointed bishop on 12 August 1866 and consecrated on 18 October 1866. Died in office on 14 May 1882.[4]
1882 1886 John William Bewick Appointed bishop on 25 September 1882 and consecrated on 18 October 1882. Died in office on 29 October 1886.[5]
1887 1889 Henry O'Callaghan Appointed bishop on 1 October 1887 and consecrated on 18 January 1888. Resigned on 19 September 1889 and appointed Titular Archbishop of Nicosia. Died on 10 October 1904.[6]
1889 1909 Thomas William Wilkinson Formerly an auxiliary bishop of Hexham and Newcastle (1888–1889). Appointed Diocesan Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle on 28 December 1889. Died in office on 17 April 1909.[7]
1909 1924 Richard Collins Formerly an auxiliary bishop of Hexham and Newcastle (1905–1909). Appointed Diocesan Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle on 21 June 1909. Died in office on 9 February 1924.[8]
1924 1936 Joseph Thorman Appointed bishop on 18 December 1924 and consecrated on 27 January 1925. Died in office on 7 October 1936.[9]
1936 1958 Joseph McCormack Appointed bishop on 30 December 1936 and consecrated on 4 February 1937. Died in office on 2 March 1958.[10]
1958 1974 James Cunningham Formerly an auxiliary bishop of Hexham and Newcastle (1957–1958). Appointed Diocesan Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle on 1 July 1958. Resigned on 16 May 1974 and died on 10 July 1974.[11]
1974 1992 Hugh Lindsay Formerly an auxiliary bishop of Hexham and Newcastle (1969–1974). Appointed Diocesan Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle on 12 December 1974. Resigned on 11 January 1992 and died on 19 January 2009.[12]
1992 2004 Ambrose Griffiths, O.S.B. Appointed bishop on 11 January 1992 and consecrated on 20 March 1992. Died on 14 June 2011.[13]
2004 2008 Kevin John Dunn Appointed bishop on 26 March 2004 and consecrated on 25 May 2004. Died in office on 1 March 2008.[14]
2009 present Séamus Cunningham Appointed bishop on 9 January 2009 and consecrated on 20 March 2009.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Bishop dies of pneumonia, aged 57". BBC News Online. BBC. 2 March 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2008. 
  3. ^ Bishop William Hogarth at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  4. ^ Bishop James Chadwick at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  5. ^ Bishop John William Bewick at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  6. ^ Bishop Henry O'Callaghan at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  7. ^ Bishop Thomas William Wilkinson at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  8. ^ Bishop Richard Collins at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  9. ^ Bishop Joseph Thorman at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  10. ^ Bishop Joseph McCormack at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  11. ^ Bishop James Cunningham at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  12. ^ Bishop Hugh Lindsay at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  13. ^ Bishop Michael Ambrose Griffiths, O.S.B. at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  14. ^ Bishop Kevin John Dunn at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  15. ^ Bishop Séamus Cunningham at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 21 June 2011.