James Chadwick (bishop)

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James Chadwick (born at Drogheda, Ireland, 24 April 1813;[1] died at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 14 May 1882, and buried at Ushaw) was an Anglo-Irish Roman Catholic priest, and second Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle.


He was the third son of a gentleman of an old Catholic Lancashire family, John Chadwick, who had settled in Ireland, and an Irish lady, Frances Dromgoole. His father, John Chadwick, was fined and imprisoned for siding with Prince Charles in 1745. His mother was from a Catholic family that suffered persecution.[1]

Chadwick was educated at Ushaw College from May, 1825, until his ordination as priest on 17 December 1836. He then was general prefect at the college for three years, after which he taught humanities until he was appointed professor of philosophy, a post he occupied for five years.

In 1849 he became Vice-president of the college and professor of dogmatic theology. After a few months his health broke down, and he found the change he needed among a little body of secular priests who devoted themselves to preaching missions and retreats. In 1856 their house at Wooler was burnt, and Father Chadwick returned once more to Ushaw as professor of philosophy.

From 1859 to 1863 he was chaplain to Lord Stourton, but again returned to Ushaw as professor of pastoral theology. He was fulfilling these duties when he was elected bishop of the diocese in 1866; he was consecrated 28 October in the college chapel by Archbishop Manning. For sixteen years he ruled the diocese and for one year during that time (1877) he also held the dignity of president of Ushaw, being the eighth in that office.


His works include:

  • a translation of Angels We Have Heard on High
  • an edition of Leuthner's "Coelum Christianum" (London, 1871);
  • "St. Teresa's Own Words: Instructions on the Prayer of Recollection" (Newcastle, 1878);
  • "Instructions How to Meditate" (published anonymously),

and many pastoral letters.


  1. ^ a b Brady, William Maziere (1877-01-01). The episcopal succession in England, Scotland and Ireland, A.D. 1400 to 1875. Tipografia Della Pace. p. 414. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
William Hogarth
Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle
Succeeded by
John William Bewick