Peter Doyle (bishop)

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Peter Doyle
Bishop of Northampton
Coat of arms of Peter John Haworth Doyle.svg
Appointed24 May 2005
Installed28 June 2005
PredecessorKevin John Patrick McDonald
Ordination8 June 1968
Consecration28 June 2005
by Cormac Murphy-O'Connor
Personal details
Birth namePeter John Haworth Doyle
Born (1944-05-03) 3 May 1944 (age 74)
Blackburn, England
DenominationRoman Catholic

Peter John Haworth Doyle (born 3 May 1944) is the twelfth Roman Catholic Bishop of Northampton.

Early life[edit]

Doyle was born on 3 May 1944 in Wilpshire, Lancashire, the son of John Robert Doyle and his wife Alice Gertrude (née Haworth)[1] He was educated at St Ignatius' College, Stamford Hill, London, before ordination as a priest in 1968.[2]


He was an Assistant Priest at Portsmouth and Windsor between 1968 and 1975,[1] then Administrator of the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Portsmouth, 1975 to 1987,[1] parish priest of St Joseph's, Maidenhead, 1987 to 1991 and of St Peter's, Winchester, 1991 to 2005,[1] and concurrently a Canon of St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth, from 1983 to 2005.[1]

Doyle's appointment to Northampton was Pope Benedict XVI's first senior appointment in the Roman Catholic Church in Britain.[3] He was consecrated at Northampton Cathedral on 28 June 2005 by Cormac Murphy-O'Connor.


Doyle played for rugby football clubs in Windsor and Portsmouth. He also plays golf and enjoys skiing.[1]


Doyle actively encourages people to travel to Lourdes, to which he has a great attachment.

The Northampton diocese, together with the Dioceses of Clifton, East Anglia, Portsmouth and Southwark, plus Stonyhurst College travel each year with the Catholic Association Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Doyle became the Patron of the Catholic Association Hospitalité from 2012, on the retirement of Bishop Crispian Hollis.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f . NORTHAMPTON, Bishop of, (RC) Rt Rev. Peter John Haworth Doyle[permanent dead link] in Who's Who 2007 online (A. & C. Black, London) (accessed 28 September 2007)
  2. ^ Diocese of Northampton - The Bishop of Northampton Archived 2007-11-25 at the Wayback Machine accessed 15 September 2007
  3. ^ BBC News - Pope names first British Bishop
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2012-07-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Kevin McDonald
Bishop of Northampton
2005 to present
Succeeded by