Archbishop of Liverpool

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For the Church of England bishop, see Bishop of Liverpool.
Archbishop of Liverpool
Archbishopric
catholic
Incumbent:
Malcolm McMahon
Province Province of Liverpool
Archdiocese Archdiocese of Liverpool
Cathedral Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool
First incumbent George Hilary Brown
as Bishop of Liverpool
Formation Bishopric in 1850
Archbishopric in 1911
Website Archbishop of Liverpool

The Archbishop of Liverpool is the ordinary of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool and metropolitan of the Province of Liverpool (also known as the Northern Province) in England.

The archdiocese covers an area of 1,165 km2 (450 sq mi) of the west of the County of Lancashire south of the Ribble, parts of Merseyside, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, and the Isle of Man. The see is in the City of Liverpool, where the Archbishop's cathedra or seat is located in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, which was dedicated on 14 May 1967.

The Archbishop's residence is Archbishop's House, Carnatic Road, Liverpool.

The current Archbishop is the Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon who was appointed by Pope Francis on 21 March 2014[1] and installed in a special service at Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral on 1 May 2014.

History[edit]

After the Reformation, the Roman Catholic hierarchy in England, Scotland, and Wales was abandoned and became under the authority of prefects and vicars apostolics. In 1688, England and Wales were divided in four apostolic vicariates: the London, Midland, Northern, and Western districts. The Liverpool area came under the Northern District, and it remained until the creation of the Lancashire District in 1840. The Lancashire District consisted of the historic counties of Lancashire and Cheshire, together with the Isle of Man.[2]

On the restoration of the hierarchy in England and Wales in 1850, thirteen dioceses were established. Most of the Lancashire District was replaced by the dioceses of Liverpool and Salford. The new Diocese of Liverpool comprised the hundreds of West Derby, Leyland, Amounderness and Lonsdale in Lancashire, plus the Isle of Man,[3] In its early period, the diocese was a suffragan see of the Archdiocese of Westminster, but it was elevated to the status of a metropolitan archdiocese on 28 October 1911, with the archbishop having jurisdiction over the Province of Liverpool.

List of Ordinaries of Liverpool[edit]

Roman Catholic Bishops of Liverpool[edit]

Roman Catholic Bishops of Liverpool
From Until Incumbent Notes
1850 1856 George Hilary Brown Previously Vicar Apostolic of the Lancashire District (1840–1850). Appointed the first Bishop of Liverpool on 29 September 1850. Died in office on 25 January 1856.
1856 1872 Alexander Goss Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Liverpool and Titular Bishop of Gerrha on 29 July 1853 and consecrated on 25 September 1853. Succeeded Diocesan Bishop of Liverpool on 25 January 1856. Died in office on 3 October 1872.
1873 1894 Bernard O'Reilly Appointed bishop on 28 February 1873 and consecrated on 19 March 1873. Died in office on 9 April 1894.
1894 1911 Thomas Whiteside Appointed bishop on 12 July 1894 and consecrated on 15 August 1894. Elevated from bishop to archbishop on 28 October 1911.
Source(s):[4][5][6]

Roman Catholic Archbishops of Liverpool[edit]

Roman Catholic Archbishops of Liverpool
From Until Incumbent Notes
1911 1921 Thomas Whiteside Elevated from bishop to archbishop on 28 October 1911. Died in office on 28 January 1921.
1921 1928 Frederick William Keating Previously Bishop of Northampton (1908–1921). Appointed Archbishop of Liverpool on 13 June 1921. Died in office on 7 February 1928.
1928 1953 Richard Downey Appointed archbishop on 3 August 1928 and consecrated on 21 September 1928. Died in office on 16 June 1953.
1953 1956 William Godfrey Previously Apostolic Delegate to Great Britain and Chargé d'affaires to the Polish government-in-exile. Appointed Archbishop of Liverpool on 10 November 1953. Translated to the archbishopric of Westminster on 3 December 1956.
1957 1963 John Carmel Heenan Previously Bishop of Leeds (1951–1957). Appointed Archbishop of Liverpool on 2 May 1957. Translated to the archbishopric of Westminster on 2 September 1963.
1964 1976 George Andrew Beck, A.A. Previously Bishop of Salford (1955–1964). Appointed Archbishop of Liverpool on 29 January 1964. Resigned on 7 February 1976 and died on 13 September 1978.
1976 1996 Derek John Harford Worlock Previously Bishop of Portsmouth (1965–1976). Appointed Archbishop of Liverpool on 7 February 1976. Died in office on 6 February 1996.
1996 2013 Patrick Altham Kelly Previously Bishop of Salford (1984–1996). Appointed Archbishop of Liverpool on 21 May 1996. Resigned on 27 February 2013.
2014 present Malcolm McMahon, OP Previously Bishop of Nottingham (2000–2014). Appointed Archbishop of Liverpool on 21 March 2014 and was installed on 1 May 2014.
Source(s):[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bishop McMahon is appointed archbishop of Liverpool". catholicherald.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Brady 1876, The Episcopal Succession, volume 3, p. 338.
  3. ^ Brady 1876, The Episcopal Succession, volume 3, p. 416.
  4. ^ Brady 1876, The Episcopal Succession, volume 3, pp. 416–423.
  5. ^ a b "Arcdiocese of Liverpool". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Metropolitan Archdiocese of Liverpool". gcatholic.com. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 

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