Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford

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Diocese of Salford
Dioecesis Salfordensis
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The coat of arms of the Diocese of Salford
Country England
Territory Most of Greater Manchester and neighbouring parts of Lancashire.
Ecclesiastical province Liverpool
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Liverpool
Area 1,600 km2 (620 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
289,470 (12.9%)
Parishes 195
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 29 September 1850
Cathedral Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist
Secular priests 251
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Terence Brain
Metropolitan Archbishop Malcolm McMahon
Vicar General Anthony Kay
Episcopal Vicars Paul Brindle
The Diocese of Salford within the Province of Liverpool
The Diocese of Salford within the Province of Liverpool

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford is centred around the City of Salford in Greater Manchester, England.

The diocese was founded in 1850 as one of the first post-Reformation Catholic dioceses in Great Britain. Since 1911 it has formed part of the Province of Liverpool. Its current boundaries encompass Manchester and a large part of North West England, between the River Mersey and the River Ribble, as well as some parishes north of the Ribble and Todmorden in Calderdale, West Yorkshire. Stonyhurst College is also within the diocese. In 2005, the diocese included 207 churches and chapels.


The first post-Reformation Catholic chapel in Blackburn was opened in 1773, and that in Manchester in 1774 (in Rook Street, dedicated to St Chad). In 1843 the Rev. James Sharples, rector of St. Alban's, Blackburn, was consecrated Titular Bishop of Samaria and appointed coadjutor to Bishop Brown, the first Vicar Apostolic of the Lancashire District. He built at Salford St. John's Church, which was opened in 1848 and which subsequently became the cathedral for the diocese.

Dr. Sharples died on 16 August 1850 and the first Bishop of Salford in the restored hierarchy was the Most. Rev. William Turner (1790–1872). He was succeeded in 1872 by the Most. Rev. Herbert Vaughan (1832–1903). On his translation to Westminster in 1892, the Most. Rev. John Bilsborrow (1836–1903) was consecrated as the third bishop. The Most. Rev. Louis Charles Casartelli, D.D., M.A., Litt.D., the fourth bishop, was born in 1852, and ordained priest in 1876. He was closely associated with Cardinal Vaughan in the foundation of St. Bede's College, Manchester, in 1876, and was rector of it when he was nominated bishop in 1903. Bishop Casartelli was also a professor at the Catholic University of Leuven, and known as a writer on Oriental subjects.[1]

Bishops of Salford[edit]

Main article: Bishop of Salford
Diocesan Bishops of Salford
Auxiliary Bishops of Salford


Diocesan parishes[edit]

Diocesan educational establishments[edit]

School Location Type
St Cuthbert's Primary School Withington, Manchester Primary Schools
St Chad's R.C Primary School Cheetham Hill, Manchester Primary Schools
St Gabriel's RC High School Bury, Greater Manchester Secondary and High Schools
Our Lady & St John Catholic Arts College Blackburn, Lancashire Secondary and High Schools
Saint Peter's RC High School Longsight, Manchester Secondary and High Schools
Thornleigh Salesian College Bolton, Greater Manchester Secondary and High Schools
St. Antony's Catholic College Urmston, Greater Manchester Secondary and High Schools
Blessed John Henry Newman RC College Oldham, Greater Manchester Secondary and High Schools
St Monica's High School Prestwich, Manchester Secondary and High Schools
The Barlow RC High School Didsbury, Manchester Secondary and High Schools
Blessed Trinity RC College Burnley, Lancashire Secondary and High Schools
St Thomas More RC College Denton, Greater Manchester Secondary and High Schools
St Anne's Roman Catholic High School Stockport, Greater Manchester Secondary and High Schools
St Ambrose Barlow RC High School Swinton, Greater Manchester Secondary and High Schools
All Saints Catholic Language College Rawtenstall, Lancashire Secondary and High Schools
St. George's RC High School Walkden, Greater Manchester Secondary and High Schools
Holy Cross College Bury, Greater Manchester Sixth Form College
Loreto College Moss Side, Manchester Sixth Form College
St. Mary's College Blackburn, Lancashire Sixth Form College
Xaverian College Rusholme, Manchester Sixth Form College
St Bede's College Whalley Range, Manchester Independent School
Stonyhurst College Clitheroe, Lancashire Independent School
Stonyhurst Saint Mary's Hall Clitheroe, Lancashire Independent School
Stella Maris School Heaton Moor, Stockport, Greater Manchester Independent School
Allen Hall, (Halls of residence) Fallowfield Campus, University of Manchester University Establishment


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  2. ^ "Bishop John Francis Vaughan". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 22 November 2011. Note: The website has the incorrect middle name. 
  3. ^ Bishop Geoffrey Burke at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 22 November 2011.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Salford". Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Almanac for the Diocese of Salford; for the year 1877 etc. Various publishers; 1994 has ISBN 0 949006 23 1 (annual: cover title: Salford Diocesan Almanac)
  • Cooke, Fr. Michael; Fr. Francis Parkinson (2008). Salford Diocesan Almanac 2009. Salford. p. 232. (includes a directory detailing the histories of all the churches and chapels which have either closed or changed their names)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°29′N 2°16′W / 53.48°N 2.26°W / 53.48; -2.26