Graham Foley

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Graham Foley
BA(Hons) LTh
Bishop of Reading
Diocese Diocese of Oxford
In office 1982–1989
Predecessor Eric Wild
Successor John Bone
Other posts Area bishop of Reading (1984–1989)
Honorary assistant bishop in York (1989–2007)
Ordination c. 1950 (deacon); 1951 (priest)
Consecration 1982
Personal details
Born (1923-06-13) 13 June 1923 (age 94)
Denomination Anglican
Parents Theodore & Cessan Page
Spouse Florence Redman (m. 1944)
Children 2 sons; 2 daughters
Alma mater King's College London

Ronald Graham Gregory Foley (born 13 June 1923) was Bishop of Reading from 1982[1] to 1989 and the first area bishop under Oxford diocese's 1984 area scheme.[2]

Foley was educated at King Edward VI Aston[3] and King's College London. Ordained in 1951, he began his career with a curacy at South Shore, Blackpool[4] after which he was Vicar of St Luke, Blackburn. In 1960, he became Director of Education for the Diocese of Durham followed by a decade at Leeds Parish Church and his final appointment (before his elevation to the Episcopate) was as a Chaplain to The Queen. In retirement he has served the Church as an honorary assistant bishop within the Diocese of York[5] – he still lives in the diocese, but his commission as a bishop there reportedly ended in 2007.


  1. ^ The Times, Wednesday, 13 January 1982; p. 10; Issue 61130; col D New Bishop of Reading
  2. ^ "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002" (PDF). Church of England. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  3. ^ ‘FOLEY, Rt Rev. (Ronald) Graham (Gregory)’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 [1], accessed 4 July 2012
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory, 2008/2009, Lambeth, Church House Publishing, ISBN 9780715110300
  5. ^ Diocese of York Prayer Calendar
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Eric Wild
Bishop of Reading
Succeeded by
John Bone