|The Right Reverend
|Bishop of Hallam|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|In office||4 June 1997 – 20 May 2014|
|Ordination||16 June 1962
by John Carmel Heenan
|Consecration||16 December 1981
by Derek John Worlock
12 November 1936 |
|Denomination||Roman Catholic Church|
|Reference style||The Right Reverend|
|Spoken style||My Lord|
Born in Crosby, Lancashire (now part of Merseyside), 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.
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. 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.
Following the resignation of Bishop Gerald Moverley, Rawsthorne was appointed the second Bishop of Hallam on 4 June 1997. 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.
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