Bishop of Leeds

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This article is about the Roman Catholic bishop. For the current Anglican bishop, see Anglican Bishop of Leeds.
Bishop of Leeds
Bishopric
Catholic
Incumbent:
sede vacante;
(Apostolic Administrator: Mgr John Wilson)

Province: Liverpool
Diocese: Leeds
Cathedral: Leeds Cathedral
First Bishop: Robert Cornthwaite
Formation: 20 December 1878
Website: Bishop of Leeds
Roman Catholic Bishops of Leeds
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The Bishop of Leeds is the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Leeds in the Province of Liverpool, England.[1]

The Vicariate Apostolic of the Yorkshire District was elevated to diocese status as the Diocese of Beverley on 29 September 1850, which was suppressed on 20 December 1878 and its area was divided into the dioceses of Leeds and Middlesbrough.

The Diocese of Leeds covers an area of 4,075 km2 (1,600 sq mi) and consists of the County of West Yorkshire, together parts of the counties of the East Riding of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and Cumbria.[1] The see is in the city of Leeds where the bishop's seat is located at the Cathedral Church of Saint Anne, Cookridge Street.[1]

At the present, the most recent Bishop of Leeds was the Most Reverend Arthur Roche who served as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Leeds,[2] following his appointment as the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments by Pope Benedict XVI on 26 June 2012 until the end of September 2012.[3] He had served as the Diocesan Bishop of Leeds (2004–2012), and before that Coadjutor Bishop of Leeds (2002–2004) and an Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster (2001–2002).[4]

Presently, the incumbent Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Leeds is Mgr John Wilson.

List of the Bishops of Leeds[edit]

For precussor offices, see Diocese of Beverley.
Roman Catholic Bishops of Leeds
From Until Incumbent Notes
1878 1890 Robert Cornthwaite Previously Bishop of Beverley (1861–1878). Appointed Bishop of Leeds on 20 December 1878. Died in office on 16 June 1890.[5]
1890 1911 William Gordon Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Leeds on 28 December 1889 and consecrated on 24 February 1890. Succeeded Diocesan Bishop of Leeds on 16 June 1890. Died in office on 7 June 1911.[6]
1911 1936 Joseph Robert Cowgill Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Leeds on 26 September 1905 and consecrated on 30 November 1905. Succeeded Diocesan Bishop of Leeds on 7 June 1911. Died in office on 12 May 1936.[7]
1936 1950 Henry John Poskitt Appointed bishop on 19 August 1936 and consecrated on 21 September 1936. Died in office on 19 February 1950.[8]
1951 1957 John Carmel Heenan Appointed bishop on 12 March 1951 and consecrated on 12 March 1951. Translated to Liverpool on 2 May 1957.[9]
1957 1965 George Patrick Dwyer Appointed bishop on 3 August 1957 and consecrated on 24 September 1957. Translated to Birmingham on 5 October 1965.[10]
1966 1985 William Gordon Wheeler Previously Coadjutor Bishop of Middlesbrough (1964–1964). Appointed Bishop of Leeds on 25 April 1966 and installed on 27 June 1966. Retired on 12 July 1985 and died 12 July 1985.[11]
1985 2004 David Every Konstant Formerly an auxiliary bishop of Westminster (1977–1985). Appointed Bishop of Leeds on 12 July 1985 and installed on 12 July 1985. Resigned on 7 April 2004.[12]
2004 2012 Arthur Roche Formerly an auxiliary bishop of Westminster (2001–2002). Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Leeds on 16 July 2002 and succeeded on 7 April 2004.[4] Appointed the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments on 26 June 2012.[3] Served as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Leeds until the end of September.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Diocese of Leeds at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 14 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Bishop Roche heads for Rome". The Diocese of Leeds. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Pope appoints Bishop Arthur Roche to senior role in Rome". The Catholic Church in England and Wales. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Bishop Arthur Roche at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 14 August 2011.
  5. ^ Bishop Robert Cornthwaite at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 14 August 2011.
  6. ^ Bishop WIlliam Gordon at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 14 August 2011.
  7. ^ Bishop Joseph Robert Cowgill at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 14 August 2011.
  8. ^ Bishop Henry John Poskitt at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 14 August 2011.
  9. ^ John Carmel "Cardinal" Heenan at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 14 August 2011.
  10. ^ Archbishop George Patrick Dwyer at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 14 August 2011.
  11. ^ Bishop William Gordon Wheeler at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 14 August 2011.
  12. ^ Bishop David Every Konstant at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 14 August 2011.