Henry Poskitt

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Henry Poskitt
Bishop of Leeds
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Installed21 September 1936
Term ended19 February 1950
PredecessorJoseph Robert Cowgill
SuccessorJohn Carmel Heenan
Ordination15 July 1917
by Bishop Joseph Robert Cowgill
Consecration21 September 1936
by Archbishop Richard Downey
Personal details
Born(1888-09-06)6 September 1888
Birkin, West Riding of Yorkshire, England,
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Died(1950-02-19)19 February 1950
Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England,
United Kingdom
BuriedSt. Edward King and Confessor Church, Clifford, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Henry John Poskitt (6 September 1888 – 19 February 1950) was an English prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the fourth Bishop of Leeds.

Life and ministry[edit]

Poskitt was born in the village of Birkin in the West Riding of Yorkshire (now North Yorkshire). Raised in the Church of England, he converted to the Catholic Church.[1]

Poskitt was ordained to the Catholic priesthood on 15 July 1917 by Joseph Cowgill, then Bishop of Leeds, at the age of 28.

Poskitt then served as a curate in parishes of the diocese. On 19 August 1936, he was appointed by the Holy See as the 4th Bishop of Leeds, succeeding Cowgill. He received his episcopal consecration on 21 September from Richard Downey, Archbishop of Liverpool, with Joseph Thorman, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, and John Francis McNulty, Bishop of Nottingham, serving as co-consecrators.[2]

Poskitt died 19 February 1950 and was buried at St. Edward the Confessor Church in Clifford, West Yorkshire.[1]


  1. ^ a b Monckton, Christopher (27 February 1998). "Bishop Gordon Wheeler". The Catholic Herald. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Bishop Henry John Poskitt". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 22 December 2012.

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Preceded by
Joseph Cowgill
Bishop of Leeds
Succeeded by
John Heenan