Roman Catholic Diocese of Leeds

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Diocese of Leeds
Dioecesis Loidensis
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Leeds.svg
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Leeds
Country England
Ecclesiastical province Liverpool
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Liverpool
Deaneries 11
Area 4,075 km2 (1,573 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2004)
150,000 (7.7%)
Parishes 94
Schools 107
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 29 September 1850
Cathedral Saint Anne's Cathedral, Leeds
Patron saint Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
St Wilfrid
Secular priests 187
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Sede vacante[1]
Metropolitan Archbishop Malcolm McMahon
Apostolic Administrator Mgr John Wilson [2]
Vicar General
  • Kieran Heskin
  • Michael McQuinn
Episcopal Vicars
  • Peter Rosser
  • John Wilson
  • Paul Fisher
  • David Smith
Emeritus Bishops David Konstant[4]
Arthur Roche[4]
The Diocese of Leeds within the Province of Liverpool
The Diocese of Leeds within the Province of Liverpool

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Leeds is a Roman Catholic diocese of the Latin Rite centred around Leeds Cathedral in the city of Leeds in West Yorkshire, England. It was founded in 20 December 1878, with the splitting of the Diocese of Beverley which had covered all of Yorkshire. The Diocese of Leeds was made to cover the historic West Riding of Yorkshire, while the Diocese of Middlesbrough took over the organisation of the rest of Yorkshire.


In the 19th century, the region covered by the modern diocese fell under the jurisdiction of Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District, which in turn became the Apostolic Vicariate of the Yorkshire District, which was then elevated to the distinction of Diocese of Beverley in 1850. c.1861, the then Bishop of Beverley, Robert Cornthwaite, informed the Holy See that in his opinion, the Diocese of Beverley was too large, and in light of the expanding Catholic population, should be sub-divided into two regions. After 15 years of discussion and planning, it was agreed that on the 20 December 1878, the Diocese of Beverley be dissolved and that the Diocese of Leeds be created to cater for the West Riding of Yorkshire and those parishes in the City of York to the south of the River Ouse, and the Diocese of Middlesbrough, covering the North and East Ridings of Yorkshire and those parishes in the City of York to the north of the River Ouse.[5] However, in 1982 the two York parishes south of the River Ouse were ceded to the Diocese of Middlesbrough to unite the City of York under one bishop. In 1980, fifty parishes in the South Yorkshire region of the diocese were transferred from Leeds to the newly formed Diocese of Hallam. The parish of Howden was transferred from the Middlesbrough diocese to the Leeds diocese in 2004.

Patronal Feasts of the Diocese[edit]

Patron Date
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour 27 June
St Wilfrid 12 October


Main article: Bishop of Leeds


Below is a list of the eleven deaneries of the diocese, along with the Dean and the Dean's Parish.[4]

Deanery Dean Parish
Bradford Rev James Callaghan St Blaise, Bradford
Dewsbury Mgr Paul Fisher MPhil St Joseph, Batley Carr
Halifax Rev Kevin Firth Sacred Heart, Sowerby Bridge
Harrogate Very Rev Canon Paul Moxon St Wilfrid, Ripon
Huddersfield Rev Ian Smith BA Holy Redeemer, Huddersfield
Keighley & Skipton Very Rev Canon Michael McCreadie St Anne, Keighley
Leeds North Rev Timothy Wiley St John Mary Vianney, Leeds
Leeds East Mgr Philip Holroyd Blessed John Henry Newman, Leeds
Leeds South West Very Rev Canon John Galvin St William of York, Morley
Selby Rev Anthony Wilson St Mary, Carlton and Selby
Wakefield & Pontefract Rev Timothy Swinglehurst MA SSL St Martin de Porres, Wakefield
Wharfedale Very Rev Canon Joseph Smith SS John Fisher and Thomas More, Burley-in-Wharfedale


Below is a list of the parishes which fall under the Diocese of Leeds, they are presented within the deanery which they are grouped in.[7][8]

Parish Location Deanery
St Francis and Immaculate Conception Eccleshill & Idle Bradford
Our Lady And The First Martyrs Bradford Bradford
St Anthony of Padua Bradford Bradford
Mary, Mother of God Bradford Bradford
Our Lady and St Joseph Aire Valley (Bingley) Bradford
Our Lady of Czestochowa Bradford Bradford
St Clare Bradford Bradford
St Joseph Bradford Bradford
St Mary Bradford Bradford
St Matthew Bradford Bradford
St William Bradford Bradford
University Catholic Chaplaincy Bradford Bradford
St Teressa Benedicta of the Cross Shipley Bradford
St Mary Batley Dewsbury
St Joseph Batley Carr Dewsbury
St Patrick Birstall Dewsbury
St Paul Cleckheaton Dewsbury
St Paulinus Dewsbury Dewsbury
St Thomas More Dewsbury Dewsbury
Holy Spirit Heckmondwike Dewsbury
St Aidan Mirfield Dewsbury
St Patrick Elland Halifax
St Bernard Halifax Halifax
St Columba Halifax Halifax
St Malachy Halifax Halifax
St Marie Halifax Halifax
Good Shepherd Mytholmroyd Halifax
St Theresa Queensbury Halifax
Sacred Heart Sowerby Bridge Halifax
St Joseph Bishop Thornton Harrogate
St Edward King And Confessor Clifford Harrogate
St Aelred Harrogate Harrogate
St Joseph Harrogate Harrogate
St Robert Harrogate Harrogate
St Mary Knaresborough Harrogate
Our Lady Immaculate Pateley Bridge Harrogate
St Wilfrid Ripon Harrogate
St Joseph Wetherby Harrogate
St Joseph Brighouse Huddersfield
Holy Redeemer Huddersfield Huddersfield
Immaculate Heart of Mary Huddersfield Huddersfield
Sacred Heart and St William Uppermill Huddersfield
University Catholic Chaplaincy Huddersfield Huddersfield
St Joseph Barnoldswick Keighley & Skipton
St Boniface Bentham Keighley & Skipton
SS Mary and Michael Settle Keighley & Skipton
Sacred Heart Broughton Keighley & Skipton
Our Lady of Lourdes Haworth Keighley & Skipton
Our Lady of Victories Keighley Keighley & Skipton
St Anne Keighley Keighley & Skipton
St Joseph Keighley Keighley & Skipton
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Silsden Keighley & Skipton
St Stephen Skipton Keighley & Skipton
Cathedral Church Of St Anne Leeds Leeds
Our Lady of Unfailing Help Leeds Leeds North
St Jeanne Jugan Leeds Leeds North
St John Mary Vianney Leeds Leeds North
Our Lady Of Kirkstall Leeds Leeds North
St Gregory Leeds Leeds East
Corpus Christi Leeds Leeds East
St Benedict Garforth Leeds East
St Patrick Leeds Leeds East
St Augustine Leeds Leeds East
Blessed Edmund Sykes Leeds Leeds East
St William of York Leeds Leeds South
St Mary Rothwell Leeds South
St Maximilian Kolbe Leeds Leeds South
St Margaret Clitherow Leeds Leeds South
Holy Family Leeds Leeds South
St Wilfrid Leeds Leeds South
Sacred Heart Howden Selby
St Mary Selby Selby
St Joseph Sherburn-in-Elmet Selby
St Joseph Tadcaster Selby
St Joseph Castleford Wakefield & Pontefract
Sacred Heart Hemsworth Wakefield & Pontefract
St John the Baptist Normanton Wakefield & Pontefract
St Ignatius Ossett Wakefield & Pontefract
St Joseph Pontefract Wakefield & Pontefract
SS Peter and Paul Wakefield Wakefield & Pontefract
St Austin Wakefield Wakefield & Pontefract
English Martyrs Addingham Wharfedale
SS John Fisher and Thomas More Burley-in-Wharfedale Wharfedale
St Mary Horsforth Wharfedale
Leeds Trinity University Horsforth Wharfedale
Myddelton Grange Ilkley Wharfedale
Sacred Heart Ilkley Wharfedale
Our Lady & All Saints Otley Wharfedale
St Joseph Pudsey Wharfedale
SS Peter and Paul Yeadon Wharfedale


  1. ^ a b "Bishop Roche Heads for Rome". Diocese of Leeds. 26 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Diocesan Administrator from Diocese of Leeds retrieved 10 March 2014
  3. ^ a b Leeds, Diocese of (2012). Diocese of Leeds Directory 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Leeds, Diocese of (2013). Diocese of Leeds Directory 2013. 
  5. ^ "History". Diocese of Leeds (Diocese of Leeds). Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Off To Serve The Holy Father". Diocese of Leeds. 27 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Parishes". 1 January 2011. 
  8. ^ Leeds, Diocese of (2011). Diocese of Leeds Directory 2011. 

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