Ralph Heskett

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The Right Reverend
Ralph Heskett
Bishop of Hallam
24-Sep-2016 Toma de posesión de Carmelo Zammit del cargo de Obispo de Gibraltar (29959239725).jpg
The Right Reverend Ralph Heskett in Gibraltar in 2016
Church Roman Catholic Church
Province Liverpool
Diocese Hallam
In office 10 July 2014–present
Predecessor John Rawsthorne
Ordination 10 July 1976
Consecration 10 July 2010
by Michael George Bowen
Personal details
Born (1953-03-03) 3 March 1953 (age 64)
Sunderland, England
Nationality English
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post Bishop of Gibraltar 2010-2014
Styles of
Ralph Heskett, C.Ss.R.
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Reference style The Right Reverend
Spoken style My Lord
Religious style Bishop

Ralph Heskett, C.Ss.R. (born 3 March 1953, Sunderland, England) is an English Roman Catholic prelate who has been the Bishop of Hallam since July 2014, having immediately before that been Bishop of Gibraltar from 2010 to 2014.[1][2]

Early life and ministry[edit]

He was educated at Saint Aidan's Grammar School, Sunderland, a Christian Brothers school, from 1964 to 1969. He was a seminarian from 1969–70, where he attended the Redemptorist Minor Seminary in Birmingham. He subsequently was a novice at Perth, Scotland.

On 21 August 1971 he began his ecclesiastical studies at Hawkstone Hall and Canterbury. He was ordained as a priest on 10 July 1976 at St Benet's RC Church, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland.[2] After his ordination he worked in Scotland until 1980 and then England until 1984. From 1987 to 1990 he was Redemptorist superior and pastor of Our Lady of the Annunciation at Bishop Eton, Liverpool.

From 1997-1999 he studied at All Hallows College. Heskett was parish priest at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Clapham from 1999 to 2008.[3]


He was appointed the Bishop of the Diocese of Gibraltar by Pope Benedict XVI on 18 March 2010.[2] His consecration to the Episcopate took place on 10 July 2010; the principal consecrator was the Most Reverend Michael George Bowen, Archbishop Emeritus of Southwark, with the Right Reverend Charles Caruana, Bishop Emeritus of Gibraltar, and the Right Reverend Thomas Matthew Burns, Bishop of Menevia, serving as co-consecrators.[2] Four years later, Bishop Heskett was appointed the Bishop of the Diocese of Hallam by Pope Francis on 20 May 2014,[2] and installed in a Mass held on 10 July 2014.


  1. ^ "Pope Francis appoints new Bishop of Hallam". independent catholic news. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Bishop Ralph Heskett, C.Ss.R.". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Rt Rev Ralph Heskett C.Ss.R, Catholic Bishops Conference, retrieved 2 October 2013

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Charles Caruana
Bishop of Gibraltar
Succeeded by
Carmelo Zammit
Preceded by
John Rawsthorne
Bishop of Hallam