Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymouth
|Diocese of Plymouth
|Territory||The counties of Cornwall, Devon, and Dorset|
|Metropolitan||Archdiocese of Southwark|
|Area||12,831 km2 (4,954 sq mi)|
|(as of 2013)
|Established||29 September 1850|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Peter Smith|
|Vicar General||Monsignor Canon R. Draper|
|Emeritus Bishops||Christopher Budd|
Diocese of Plymouth within the Province of Southwark
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymouth is a Latin Church Roman Catholic diocese in England. The episcopal see is in the city of Plymouth, Devon, where the bishop's seat (cathedra) is located at the Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Boniface.
Erected as the Diocese of Plymouth in 1850 by Pope Pius IX, from the Apostolic Vicariate of the Western District, the diocese has remained jurisdictionally constant since. The diocese is currently a suffragan see of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Southwark.
The diocese covers the counties of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset, stretching from Penzance and the Isles of Scilly in the west, to parts of Bournemouth in the east. It is divided into five deaneries: Cornwall, Dorset, Exeter, Plymouth, and Torbay. There are chaplaincies at the universities of Bournemouth, Exeter and Plymouth.
The diocese includes the Grail Centre in Pinner in the London Borough of Harrow, a lay community of single Roman Catholic women. The Centre promotes a wider "Grail community" to include non-resident women and families, and also publishes a translation of the Psalms.
- George Errington (Appointed on 27 June 1851 – Translated to Westminster as coadjutor archbishop on 30 March 1855)
- William Vaughan (Appointed on 10 July 1855 – Died on 24 October 1902)
- Charles Maurice Graham (Succeeded on 25 October 1902 – Retired on 16 March 1911)
- John Joseph Keily (Appointed on 21 April 1911 – Died on 23 September 1928)
- John Patrick Barrett (Appointed on 7 June 1929 – Died on 2 November 1946)
- Francis Joseph Grimshaw (Appointed on 2 June 1947 – Translated to Birmingham as metropolitan archbishop on 11 May 1954)
- Cyril Edward Restieaux (Appointed on 9 April 1955 – Retired on 19 November 1985)
- Hugh Christopher Budd (Appointed on 19 November 1985 – Retired on 9 November 2013)
- Mark O'Toole (Appointed on 9 November 2013 – )
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymouth website
- Plymouth Cathedral
- Grail Centre website
- "Diocese of Plymouth". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
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