John Rawsthorne

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The Right Reverend
John Rawsthorne
Bishop of Hallam
Church Roman Catholic Church
Province Liverpool
Diocese Hallam
In office 4 June 1997 – 20 May 2014
Predecessor Gerald Moverley
Successor Ralph Heskett
Ordination 16 June 1962
by John Carmel Heenan
Consecration 16 December 1981
by Derek John Worlock
Personal details
Born (1936-11-12) 12 November 1936 (age 81)
Crosby, Lancashire
Nationality English
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
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Styles of
John Rawsthorne
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Reference style The Right Reverend
Spoken style My Lord
Religious style Bishop

John Anthony Rawsthorne (born 12 November 1936) is a retired English Roman Catholic prelate who served as the Bishop of Hallam from 1997 to 2014.[1][2]

Born in Crosby, Lancashire (now part of Merseyside),[1][2] he was the eldest son of Harold Rawsthorne (d. 1945) and Miriam Rawsthorne, née Harrop (d. 1989). He has two brothers, Paul and Christopher, and three sisters, Elizabeth, Ann, and Katherine. After attending St. Joseph's College in Upholland, he was ordained to the priesthood on 16 June 1962 by the then Archbishop of Liverpool, John Carmel Heenan.[1][2]

Until 1965, Rawsthorne studied natural sciences, and was then assigned to pastoral work in West Derby, Croxteth, Childwall, and Liverpool; he also worked in religious education.

On 9 November 1981, Rawsthorne was appointed an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Liverpool and titular bishop of Rotdon by Pope John Paul II.[1][2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following 16 December 1981 from Archbishop Derek Worlock, with bishops Kevin O'Connor and Anthony Hitchen serving as co-consecrators.[1][2]

Following the resignation of Bishop Gerald Moverley, Rawsthorne was appointed the second Bishop of Hallam on 4 June 1997.[1][2] Rawsthorne is a keen walker and takes part in a sponsored walk every year to raise money to support St. Wilfrid's Drop-in Day Centre in Sheffield. He is also an active member of with the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, especially with education and youth work.

On his 75th birthday in 2011, in accordance with Canon 401 §1 of the Latin Church Code of Canon Law, Bishop Rawsthorne offered his resignation as Bishop of Hallam to Pope Benedict XVI, but was refused and remained in office for the next three years. On 20 May 2014, it was announced by the Vatican that Pope Francis had appointed the Right Reverend Ralph Heskett, Bishop of Gibraltar to succeed Rawsthorne as Bishop of Hallam.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Bishop John Anthony Rawsthorne". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Diocese of Hallam". Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Pope Francis appoints new Bishop of Hallam". 20 May 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Gerald Moverley
Bishop of Hallam
Succeeded by
Ralph Heskett