John Briggs (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
John Briggs
Bishop of Beverley
John Briggs, Bishop of Beverley
Church Roman Catholic Church
Diocese Diocese of Beverley
Appointed 29 September 1850
Term ended 17 September 1860
Successor Robert Cornthwaite
Orders
Ordination 19 July 1814 (priest)
by William Gibson
Consecration 29 June 1833 (bishop)
by Thomas Penswick
Personal details
Born 20 May 1789
Barton Moss, near Eccles, England
Died 4 January 1861 (aged 72)
York, England
Buried St. Leonard's Chapel, Hazlewood, near Tadcaster, England
Nationality English
Denomination Roman Catholic

John Briggs (20 May 1789 – 4 January 1861) was an English prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as the first Bishop of Beverley from 1850 to 1860.[1]

Early life[edit]

John Briggs was born in Barton Moss, near Eccles, Lancashire, England.[1] He began training for the priesthood, aged 15, at Ushaw College in County Durham. He received the Tonsure and the four Minor Orders on 14 December 1804.[2] Afterwards, he was ordained a subdeacon on 19 December 1812, a deacon on 3 April 1813, and a priest on 19 July 1814;[1][2] all ordinations by William Gibson, Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District.[3] Briggs left the college in 1816, but returned when elected President of Ushaw College on 28 March 1828.[3] He remained at the college until 11 August 1832.[3]

Episcopal career[edit]

On 22 January 1833, he was appointed Coadjutor Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District.[1][4] He received his episcopal consecration at Ushaw College on 29 June 1833, the principal consecrator was Bishop Thomas Penswick, Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District, and the principal co-consecrators were Bishop Peter Augustine Baines, Vicar Apostolic of the Western District and Bishop Thomas Walsh, Vicar Apostolic of the Midland District.[1][4]

On the death of Bishop Thomas Penswick on 28 January 1836, Briggs succeeded as Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District. In 1840, two vicariates apostolic were created out of the Northern District, with Bishop Briggs appointed Vicar Apostolic of the Yorkshire District on 3 July 1840.[1][5]

On the restoration of the Catholic hierarchy by Pope Pius IX on 29 September 1850, he was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Beverley.[1] He resigned as Bishop of Beverley on 17 September 1860 and died at his house in York on 4 January 1861, aged 72.[1] A solemn Requiem Mass was held at St George's Pro-Cathedral, York on 9 January, followed by the bishop's burial in St. Leonard's Chapel, Hazlewood, near Tadcaster on 10 January 1861.[3][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Bishop John Briggs at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 10 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b Brady 1876, The Episcopal Succession, volume 3, pp. 396–397.
  3. ^ a b c d Brady 1876, The Episcopal Succession, volume 3, p. 397.
  4. ^ a b Brady 1876, The Episcopal Succession, volume 3, p. 280.
  5. ^ Brady 1876, The Episcopal Succession, volume 3, pp. 279–280 and 340.
  6. ^ History: Previous Bishops. Diocese of Leeds. Retrieved on 10 June 2011.

Bibliography[edit]


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Thomas Penswick
Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District
1836–1840
Succeeded by
Francis George Mostyn
New title Vicar Apostolic of the Yorkshire District
1840–1850
Title abolished
New title Bishop of Beverley
1850–1860
Succeeded by
Robert Cornthwaite