Henry Poskitt

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The Right Reverend
Henry Poskitt
Bishop of Leeds
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Leeds
Installed 21 September 1936
Term ended 19 February 1950
Predecessor Joseph Robert Cowgill
Successor John Carmel Heenan
Ordination 15 July 1917
by Bishop Joseph Robert Cowgill
Consecration 21 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
Buried St. 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 south-west of the Selby district of North Yorkshire. Raised in the Church of England, he converted to the Catholic Church.[1]

He 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 Nionckton, 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