James Cunningham (bishop)

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James Cunningham (15 August 1910 – 10 July 1974) was an English prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle from 1958 to 1974.[1]

Born in Manchester on 15 August 1910, he was ordained to the priesthood on 22 May 1937. He was appointed an auxiliary bishop of Hexham and Newcastle and Titular Bishop of Ios on 19 August 1957. His consecration to the Episcopate took place on 2 November 1957, the principal consecrator was Archbishop John Carmel Heenan of Liverpool (later Archbishop of Westminster), and the principal co-consecrators were Bishop George Andrew Beck of Salford (later Archbishop of Liverpool) and Bishop George Brunner of Middlesbrough. The following year, Cunningham was appointed the Bishop of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle on 1 July 1958.[1]

He died in office in Newcastle upon Tyne on 10 July 1974, aged 63, and was buried at Ushaw College cemetery.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c Bishop James Cunningham at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Former Bishops". Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Joseph McCormack
Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle
Succeeded by
Hugh Lindsay