|The Right Reverend
|Bishop of Hallam|
The Right Reverend Ralph Heskett in Gibraltar in 2016
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|In office||10 July 2014–present|
|Ordination||10 July 1976|
|Consecration||10 July 2010
by Michael George Bowen
3 March 1953 |
|Previous post||Bishop of Gibraltar 2010-2014|
Ralph Heskett, C.Ss.R.
|Reference style||The Right Reverend|
|Spoken style||My Lord|
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.
Early life and ministry
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. 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.
He was appointed the Bishop of the Diocese of Gibraltar by Pope Benedict XVI on 18 March 2010. 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. Four years later, Bishop Heskett was appointed the Bishop of the Diocese of Hallam by Pope Francis on 20 May 2014, and installed in a Mass held on 10 July 2014.
- "El Vaticano nombra como nuevo obispo a Ralph Heskett" [The Vatican Appoints Ralph Heskett as New Bishop]. europasur.es (in Spanish). 19 March 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- McCann, Brian. "Interview with Father Ralph Heskett Bishop-Elect of Gibraltar". Panorama. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
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|Bishop of Gibraltar
|Bishop of Hallam
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