Bishop of Northampton

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Bishop of Northampton
Bishopric
Catholic
Incumbent:
Peter Doyle

Province: Westminster
Diocese: Northampton
Cathedral: Northampton Cathedral
First Bishop: William Wareing
Formation: 29 September 1850

The Bishop of Northampton is the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Northampton in the Province of Westminster, England.[1]

The see is in the town of Northampton where the bishop's seat is located in the Cathedral Church of Our Lady and Saint Thomas of Canterbury.

The current bishop is the Right Reverend Peter Doyle, who was ordained bishop on 28 June 2005.

History[edit]

The Apostolic Vicariate of the Eastern District of England was created in 1840 out of the Midland District (which was renamed the Central District) and a couple of counties out of the London District. The Eastern District consisted of the counties of Cambridgeshire (with the Isle of Ely), Huntingdonshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Rutland, and Suffolk, all from the former Midland District, and the counties of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire from the London District.[2]

On the restoration of the Catholic hierarchy in England and Wales by Pope Pius IX in 1850, most of the Eastern District became the Diocese of Northampton,[3] with the Vicar Apostolic the Eastern District, William Wareing, appointed the first bishop of the diocese.[4] The remainder of the Eastern District (Lincolnshire and Rutland) became part of the Diocese of Nottingham.[5] Through the Local Government Act of 1972, a small area of Buckinghamshire became part of Berkshire, and Huntingdonshire and the Isle of Ely merged into Cambridgeshire. The Diocese of Northampton lost territory (Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk) on the creation of the Diocese of East Anglia in 1976.[6]

List of the bishops of Northampton and its precursor offices[edit]

Vicar Apostolic of the Eastern District[edit]

Vicar Apostolic of the Eastern District
From Until Incumbent Notes
1840 1850 William Wareing Appointed Vicar Apostolic of the Eastern District and Titular Bishop of Areopolis on 5 June 1840 and consecrated on 21 September 1840. Became the first Bishop of Northampton on 29 September 1850.[4]

Bishops of Northampton[edit]

Bishops of Northampton
From Until Incumbent Notes
1850 1858 William Wareing Formerly Vicar Apostolic of the Eastern District (1840–1850). Appointed Bishop of Northampton on 29 September 1850. Resigned on 21 December 1858 and appointed Titular Bishop of Rhithymna. Died on 26 December 1865.[4]
1858 1879 Francis Kerril Amherst Appointed bishop on 14 May 1858 and consecrated on 4 July 1858. Resigned on 16 October 1879 and appointed Titular Bishop of Sozusa in Palaestina. Died on 21 August 1883.[7]
1880 1907 Arthur George Riddell Appointed bishop on 27 April 1880 and consecrated on 9 June 1880. Died in office on 15 September 1907.[8]
1908 1921 Frederick William Keating Appointed bishop on 5 February 1908 and consecrated on 25 February 1908. Translated to the archbishopric of Liverpool on 13 June 1921.[9]
1921 1932 Dudley Charles Cary-Elwes Appointed bishop on 21 November 1921 and consecrated on 15 December 1921. Died in office on 1 May 1932.[10]
1933 1939 Laurence William Youens Appointed bishop on 16 June 1933 and consecrated on 25 July 1933. Died in office on 14 November 1939.[11]
1940 1967 Thomas Leo Parker Appointed bishop on 14 December 1940 and consecrated on 11 February 1941. Resigned on 17 January 1967 and appointed Titular Bishop of Magarmel. Resigned the titular see on 7 December 1970. Died on 25 March 1975.[12]
1967 1982 Charles Alexander Grant Formerly an auxiliary bishop of Northampton and Titular Bishop of Alinda (1961–1967). Appointed Bishop of Northampton on 14 March 1967. Retired on 16 February 1982 and died on 24 April 1989.[13]
1982 1988 Francis Gerard Thomas Appointed bishop on 27 August 1982 and consecrated on 29 September 1982. Died in office on 25 December 1988.[14]
1990 2001 Patrick Leo McCartie Formerly an auxiliary bishop of Birmingham and Titular Bishop of Elmhama (1977–1990). Appointed Bishop of Northampton on 20 February 1990. Retired on 29 March 2001.[15]
2001 2003 Kevin John Patrick McDonald Appointed bishop on 29 March 2001 and consecrated on 2 May 2001. Translated to the archbishopric of Southwark on 8 December 2003.[16]
2003 2005 See vacant
2005 present Peter John Haworth Doyle Formerly a priest of Diocese of Portsmouth (1968–2005). Appointed Bishop of Northampton on 24 May 2005 and consecrated on 28 June 2005.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Diocese of Northampton at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 29 June 2011.
  2. ^ Brady 1876, The Episcopal Succession, volume 3, p. 334.
  3. ^ Brady 1876, The Episcopal Succession, volume 3, p. 428.
  4. ^ a b c Bishop William Wareing at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 29 June 2011.
  5. ^ Brady 1876, The Episcopal Succession, volume 3, p. 431.
  6. ^ Diocese of East Anglia at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 29 June 2011.
  7. ^ Bishop Francis Kerril Amherst at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 29 June 2011.
  8. ^ Bishop Arthur George Riddell at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 29 June 2011.
  9. ^ Archbishop Frederick William Keating at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 29 June 2011.
  10. ^ Bishop Dudley Charles Cary-Elwes at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 29 June 2011.
  11. ^ Bishop Laurence William Youens at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 29 June 2011.
  12. ^ Bishop Thomas Leo Parker at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 29 June 2011.
  13. ^ Bishop Charles Alexander Grant at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 29 June 2011.
  14. ^ Bishop Francis Gerard Thomas at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 29 June 2011.
  15. ^ Bishop Patrick Leo McCartie at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 29 June 2011.
  16. ^ Archbishop Kevin John Patrick McDonald at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 29 June 2011.
  17. ^ Bishop Peter John Haworth Doyle at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 29 June 2011.

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