John Hedley (bishop)

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The Right Reverend

John Cuthbert Hedley

Bishop of Newport
ChurchRoman Catholic
Appointed18 February 1881 (As Bishop of Bishop of Newport and Menevia)
In office1881-1915
PredecessorJoseph Brown
Ordination19 October 1862
by Robert Cornthwaite
Consecration29 September 1873
by Henry Edward Manning
Personal details
Born(1837-04-15)15 April 1837
Morpeth, Northumberland, England
Died11 November 1915(1915-11-11) (aged 78)
Previous postAuxiliary Bishop of Newport and Menevia (1873-1881)<

John Cuthbert Hedley (15 April 1837 – 11 November 1915) was a British Benedictine and writer who held high offices in the Roman Catholic Church.[1]

Born in Morpeth, Northumberland, he was educated at Ampleforth College.[2] He was professed a member of the Order of Saint Benedict in 1855 and ordained a priest of the order on 9 October 1862. He was appointed an auxiliary bishop of Newport and Menevia and Titular Bishop of Caesaropolis on 22 July 1873. His consecration to the Episcopate took place on 29 September 1873, the principal consecrator was Archbishop (later Cardinal) Henry Edward Manning of Westminster, with bishops Brown and Chadwick as co-consecrators. Hedley acted as editor of the Dublin Review, before appointed the Bishop of the Diocese of Newport and Menevia on 18 February 1881. His episcopal title was changed to Bishop of Newport in 1895.[1]

He published a number of works:

  • The Christian Inheritance: Set Forth in Sermons
  • Lex Levitarum: Or, Preparation for the cure of souls
  • Lex Levitarum with the Regula Pastoralis
  • The Light of Life: Set Forth in Sermons
  • Our Divine Saviour and other Discourses
  • A Retreat 33 Discourses with meditation for the Use of the Clergy, Religious, and Others

Bishop Hedley died in office on 11 November 1915, aged 78.[1] After his death, the see of Newport was elevated to an archdiocese and changed its name to Cardiff in 1916.


  1. ^ a b c "Bishop John Cuthbert Hedley, O.S.B." David M. Cheney. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  2. ^ "HEDLEY, Rt. Rev. John Cuthbert". Who's Who. Vol. 59. 1907. pp. 815–816.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Thomas Joseph Brown
Bishop of Newport and Menevia
Title renamed
New title Bishop of Newport
Last appointment