Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham

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Archdiocese of Birmingham
Archidioecesis Birminghamiensis
Coat of Arms of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham.svg
Coat of arms of the Archdiocese of Birmingham
Country England
Territory Counties of Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire
Ecclesiastical province Birmingham
Metropolitan Birmingham
Area 8,735 km2 (3,373 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
286,700 (5.3%)
Parishes 224
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 29 September 1850
(As Diocese of Birmingham)
28 October 1911
(As Archdiocese of Birmingham)
Cathedral Metropolitan Cathedral Church of Saint Chad, Birmingham
Secular priests 260
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Archbishop Bernard Longley
Metropolitan Archbishop Bernard Longley
Auxiliary Bishops [1]
Vicar General Timothy Menezes
Episcopal Vicars
  • Stephen Wright
  • Anna O'Connor
Emeritus Bishops Philip Pargeter
The Archdiocese of Birmingham within the Province of Birmingham
The Archdiocese of Birmingham within the Province of Birmingham

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham is one of the principal Latin-rite Catholic administrative divisions of England and Wales in the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church.

The archdiocese covers an area of 3,373 square miles (8,740 km2) of the counties of Oxfordshire (parts), Staffordshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. The metropolitan see is in the City of Birmingham at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of Saint Chad.

Erected as the Vicariate Apostolic of the Midlands District in 1688, the vicariate grew very slowly until the advent of the industrial revolution. In respose to the large growth the name was changed in 1840 to the Vicariate Apostolic of Central District and a new vicariate created out of the eastern district.

Finally, in September 1850, the vicariate was elevated to a full diocese, as the Diocese of Birmingham, along with the Diocese of Nottingham and the Diocese of Shrewsbury. The diocese was then suffragan to the Archdiocese of Westminster.

The Diocese of Birmingham was elevated to archdiocese status on 28 October 1911.

The metropolitan province includes the suffragan dioceses of Clifton and Shrewsbury.

The Archbishop is Bernard Longley, who was named the ninth Archbishop of Birmingham on 1 October 2009. He succeeds the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols (2000-2009). Bishop Longley was installed as Archbishop of Birmingham at the Metropolitan Cathedral and Basilica of Saint Chad on 8 December 2009, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and one of the patronal feasts of the Archdiocese, St Chad being the other.

Diocese Boundaries[edit]

The diocese is divided into three pastoral areas, each headed by an Auxiliary Bishop, which contain a number of deaneries:

  • Central and Western Pastoral Area:

Birmingham Cathedral, Birmingham North, Birmingham South, Birmingham East, Kidderminster, Worcester

  • Northern Pastoral Area:

Dudley, Lichfield, North Staffordshire, Stafford, Walsall, Wolverhampton

  • Southern Pastoral Area:

Banbury, Coventry, Oxford North, Oxford South, Rugby, Warwick


(see also: Archbishop of Birmingham)

Vicars Apostolic of the Midland District.[2]
Vicars Apostolic of the Central District.[2]
Bishops of Birmingham.[2]
  • William Bernard Ullathorne, O.S.B. (appointed on 29 September 1850 – retired on 27 April 1888)
  • Edward Ilsley (appointed on 17 February 1888 – afterwards became the archbishop of Birmingham on 28 October 1911)
Archbishops of Birmingham.[2]

See also[edit]


Coordinates: 52°29′08″N 1°53′55″W / 52.4856°N 1.8987°W / 52.4856; -1.8987