List of Roman Catholic dioceses in England and Wales

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Westminster Cathedral, considered the Catholic mother church of England and Wales.

A diocese, also known as a bishopric, is an administrative unit under the supervision of a bishop, of which there are currently 22 in the Catholic Church in England and Wales. The 22 dioceses are divided into five ecclesiastical provinces, each being overseen by an archbishop. The archdiocese of Westminster is considered the mother church of English and Welsh Catholics,[1] and although not formally a primate, the archbishop of Westminster is usually elected President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales providing a degree of a formal direction for the other English bishops and archbishops.

From the time of the English Reformation in the 16th Century, with Catholicism becoming illegal, there were no Roman Catholic dioceses in England and Wales, with several apostolic vicars, bishops of titular sees governing not in their own name, as diocesan bishops do, but provisionally in the name of the Pope, being appointed instead. However, with the passing of the Catholic Relief Act 1829, legalising the practice of the Catholic faith again, Pope Pius IX recreated the Catholic Church diocesan hierarchy on 29 September 1850 by issuing the papal bull, Universalis Ecclesiae.

Two Catholic dioceses, those of Leeds and Portsmouth, share their territorial name with Anglican dioceses, the Anglican Diocese of Leeds and the Anglican Diocese of Portsmouth, respectively. However, in both these cases the two dioceses cover differing areas.

Episcopal Conference of England and Wales[edit]

Ecclesiastical province of Birmingham[edit]

Diocese Cathedral Founded
Archdiocese of Birmingham St. Chad's Cathedral 1850
Diocese of Clifton Clifton Cathedral 1850
Diocese of Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Cathedral 1850
Diocese
Map of the Ecclesiastical province of Birmingham

Ecclesiastical province of Cardiff[edit]

Diocese Cathedral Founded
Archdiocese of Cardiff Cardiff Cathedral 1850
Diocese of Menevia Swansea Cathedral 1898[2]
Diocese of Wrexham Wrexham Cathedral 1987
Diocese
Map of the Ecclesiastical province of Cardiff

Ecclesiastical province of Liverpool[edit]

Diocese Cathedral Founded
Archdiocese of Liverpool Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral 1850
Diocese of Hallam Cathedral Church of St Marie 1980[3]
Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle St Mary's Cathedral 1850
Diocese of Lancaster Lancaster Cathedral 1924
Diocese of Leeds Leeds Cathedral 1878
Diocese of Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Cathedral 1878
Diocese of Salford Salford Cathedral 1850
Diocese
Map of the Ecclesiastical province of Liverpool

Ecclesiastical province of Southwark[edit]

Diocese Cathedral Founded
Archdiocese of Southwark St George's Cathedral 1851
Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Arundel Cathedral 1965[4]
Diocese of Plymouth Plymouth Cathedral 1850[5]
Diocese of Portsmouth Cathedral of St John the Evangelist 1882
Diocese
Map of the Ecclesiastical province of Southwark. The Channel Islands are not shown; they are part of the Diocese of Portsmouth.

Ecclesiastical province of Westminster[edit]

Diocese Cathedral Founded
Archdiocese of Westminster Westminster Cathedral 1622
Diocese of Brentwood Brentwood Cathedral 1917[6]
Diocese of East Anglia St John the Baptist Cathedral 1976[7]
Diocese of Northampton Northampton Cathedral 1850
Diocese of Nottingham Nottingham Cathedral 1850[8]
Diocese
Map of the Ecclesiastical province of Westminster

Other[edit]

The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Britain is organised into Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Holy Family of London, headed by a bishop. The Eastern Catholic Churches, including the Ukrainian Greek Church, are autonomous, self-governing particular churches in full communion with the Pope.

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is one of three Personal Ordinariates. The ordinariates were established in order to enable "groups of Anglicans"[9] to join the Catholic Church while preserving elements of their liturgical and spiritual patrimony. Personal Ordinariates are headed by Ordinaries.

Name Cathedral Founded
Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Holy Family of London Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family in Exile 20132013[10]
Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham 20112011[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Westminster". The Catholic Church in England and Wales. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Menevia". The Catholic Church in England and Wales. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Hallam". The Catholic Church in England and Wales. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Arundel and Brighton". The Catholic Church in England and Wales. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Plymouth". The Catholic Church in England and Wales. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Brentwood". The Catholic Church in England and Wales. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "East Anglia". The Catholic Church in England and Wales. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Nottingham". The Catholic Church in England and Wales. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Note: The Latin title of Anglicanorum Coetibus means "Groups of Anglicans".
  10. ^ "Rt Rev Hlib Lonchyna". The Catholic Church in England and Wales. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham". The Catholic Church in England and Wales. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 

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