Bishopric of the Forces

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Bishop of the Forces
Bishopric
Catholic
AldershotCathedral.jpg
Incumbent:
Richard Moth

Cathedral: Cathedral Church of St. Michael and St. George
First Bishop: Francis Joseph Walmsley
Formation: Military bishopric in 1917,
Military vicariate in 1953,
Military ordinariate in 1986
Website: Bishopric of the Forces

The Bishopric of the Forces is the Latin-rite Catholic military ordinariate which provides chaplains to the British Armed Forces across the United Kingdom and overseas.[1][2][3] The chaplains are drawn from the dioceses of England, Wales and Scotland, and from some religious institutes. Chaplains have spiritual and pastoral care of military personnel and their families.

The current Bishop of the Forces is the Rt. Rev. Richard Moth, who was ordained as bishop on 29 September 2009, in succession to Rt. Rev. Thomas Matthew Burns, now Bishop of Menevia.[4]

There is sometimes confusion between the holder of this post and the Anglican "Bishop to the Forces": for this reason the former is normally referred to as, "the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Forces".

Location[edit]

The diocesan office and the Cathedral Church of St. Michael and St. George are located on Queens Avenue, Aldershot, Hampshire, England.

List of office holders[edit]

Roman Catholic Bishops of the Forces
From Until Incumbent Notes
Military bishopric[1][2][3]
1917 1934 William Keatinge Appointed on 30 October 1917 and consecrated on 25 February 1918. Died in office on 21 February 1934.[5]
1935 1946 James Dey Appointed on 13 April 1935 and consecrated on 2 June 1935. Died in office on 8 May 1946.[6]
1946 1954 Sede vacante
Military vicariate[1][2][3]
1954 1963 David Mathew Previously Apostolic Delegate of British East and West Africa. Appointed on 16 April 1954. Resigned on 23 March 1963 and died on 12 December 1975.[7]
1963 1978 Gerard William Tickle Appointed on 12 October 1963 and consecrated on 1 December 1963. Resigned on 24 April 1978 and died on 14 December 1994.[8]
1979 1986 Francis Joseph Walmsley Appointed on 8 January 1979 and consecrated on 22 February 1979. Became the first bishop of the military ordinariate on 21 July 1986.[9]
Military ordinariate[1][2][3]
1986 2002 Francis Joseph Walmsley Hitherto bishop of the military vicariate. Appointed bishop of the military ordinariate on 21 July 1986. Retired on 24 May 2002.[9]
2002 2008 Thomas Matthew Burns, S.M. Appointed on 24 May 2002 and consecrated on 18 June 2002. Translated to Menevia in 2008.[10]
2009 present Charles Phillip Richard Moth Appointed on 25 July 2009 and consecrated on 29 September 2009.[11]

Noncombatant status[edit]

See: Military chaplain#Non-combatant status

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Bishopric of the Forces". Catholic Church in England and Wales. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Military Ordinariate of Catholic Bishopric of the Forces in Great Britain". GCatholic.org. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Military Ordinariate of Great Britain". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  4. ^ Bishop Charles Philip Richard Moth. Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved on 2009-08-24.
  5. ^ Bishop William Keatinge at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 11 December 2011.
  6. ^ Bishop James Dey at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 11 December 2011.
  7. ^ Bishop David Mathew at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 11 December 2011.
  8. ^ Bishop Gerard William Tickle at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 11 December 2011.
  9. ^ a b Bishop Francis Joseph Walmsley at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 11 December 2011.
  10. ^ Bishop Thomas Matthew Burns at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 11 December 2011.
  11. ^ Bishop Charles Phillip Richard Moth at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 11 December 2011.

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