Joseph Cowgill

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Joseph Cowgill
Bishop of Leeds
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Leeds
In office 7 June 1911 – 12 May 1936
Predecessor William Gordon
Successor Henry Poskitt
Personal details
Born (1860-02-23)23 February 1860
Broughton, England
Died 12 May 1936(1936-05-12)
Leeds, England

Joseph Robert Cowgill (23 February 1860 – 12 May 1936) was an English prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as the third Bishop of Leeds.[1]

Life and ministry[edit]

Joseph Cowgill was born in village Broughton in North Yorkshire on 23 February 1860. He was ordained to the priesthood on 19 May 1883 at an age of 23.[1]

He then served as assistant priestin the Diocese of Leeds. On 26 September 1905, Cowgill was appointed as coadjutor Bishop of Leeds and titular Bishop of Olena. He received his episcopal consecration on 30 November 1905 from Thomas Whiteside, Bishop (later Archbishop) of Liverpool, with Francis Mostyn, Bishop of Menevia (later Archbishop of Cardiff) and Samuel Webster Allen, Bishop of Shrewsbury serving as co-consecrators.[1]

Cowgill became the third Bishop of Leeds,[1] when he succeeded William Gordon who died in office on 7 June 1911.

Joseph Cowgill was known as Children's Bishop. He was the one to set up (in 1911) the Diocesan Rescue and Protection Society to develop a more systematic approach to addressing the needs of poverty and disadvantage in the Diocese. An annual collection in all missions and the annual Good Shepherd collection in schools was established that year to fund the new initiative. So Catholic Care was established.[2]

He died on 12 May 1936[1] and was buried at the Catholic Cemetery in Leeds.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Bishop Joseph Robert Cowgill". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "HISTORY OF THE AGENCY". catholic-care. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
WIlliam Gordon
Bishop of Leeds
Succeeded by
Henry John Poskitt