Alfred Monahan

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The Right Reverend
Alfred Monahan
Bishop of Monmouth
Church Church in Wales
Predecessor Gilbert Joyce
Successor Alfred Morris
Other posts Vicar of Monmouth (1912–1930)
Archdeacon of Monmouth (1930–1940)
Ordination 1940
Personal details
Born 1877
Died 1945
Buried Monmouth Cemetery

Alfred Edwin Monahan (1877–1945) was the Anglican Bishop of Monmouth from 1940 until his death in 1945.[1]


Monahan was educated at St Andrew’s College, Dublin and Trinity College, Dublin and ordained in 1905. He was Assistant Missioner at the Wellington College Mission, Walworth and then Curate of St Swithun and Old St Martin, Worcester.[2] He was then successively the Vicar (1912–1930), Archdeacon ( 1930–1940) and finally Bishop of Monmouth (1940–1945).[3] Manohan has been described as "a firm churchman of authoritarian personality who attracted and repelled according to taste, but he was a strong and effective teacher, preacher and spiritual director". The 1928 Prayer Book was the basis for his compilation The Churchpeople's Prayer Book. Bishop Monahan accepted the principle of reservation of the blessed sacrament in church and also permitted devotional services of Benediction.,[1] which his immediate successor would later forbid.

Despite his Anglo-Catholic churchmanship, however, Dr. Monahan's episcopate was notable for his deposing, in 1942, the extreme priest Edmund Loftus Macnachten, vicar of St Thomas, Overmonnow, who had adopted such Roman Catholic practices as processions of the Blessed Sacrament and who, according to records, had also absented himself from his parish without making provision for services to be taken.[4] During Dr Monahan's time in the diocese many clergy who had trained at St Stephen's House, Oxford were recruited to the diocese, and for all the furore caused by the proceedings against MacNachten, the character of Monmouth became considerably more "High Church" under his leadership. Records which came to light after his death show that Monahan had wished to appoint the Warden of Pusey House, Oxford, Canon Frederic Hood, as Dean of Monmouth, but was prevented from doing so by the refusal of the then Dean to retire.[5]

Bishop Monahan died in post on 10 August 1945.[6]


  1. ^ a b Diocese of Monmouth Archived 2011-06-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ ”The Clergy List” London, Kelly’s, 1913
  3. ^ Ecclesiastical News Archdeacon Of Monmouth Elected Bishop The Times Thursday, Aug 08, 1940; pg. 6; Issue 48689; col A
  4. ^ Parish Registers of St Thomas Overmonnow, held at Gwent Archives
  5. ^ Peart-Binns J.S, 1990: Edwin Morris, Archbishop of Wales, Llandyssul, Gomer Press.
  6. ^ The Times, 11 August 1945, p. 6; Issue 50218; col F Obituary The Rt Rev A.E. Monahan
Church in Wales titles
Preceded by
Gilbert Joyce
Bishop of Monmouth
Succeeded by
Alfred Morris