Richard Blackburn (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Richard Blackburn
Bishop of Warrington
Diocese Diocese of Liverpool
In office 2009–present
Predecessor David Jennings
Other posts Archdeacon of Sheffield and Rotherham (1999–2009)
Ordination 1983
Consecration 3 November 2009[1]
Personal details
Born (1952-01-22) 22 January 1952 (age 64)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence St James' House, Liverpool[2]
Spouse Helen (née Davies)[3]
Children Three daughters and one son[2]
Alma mater University of Durham

Richard Finn Blackburn (born 22 January 1952) is suffragan Bishop of Warrington in the Church of England Diocese of Liverpool.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Denmark, Blackburn grew up in Yorkshire. He was educated at Eastbourne College before going to Durham University to study theology. He was President of the Durham Union Society, graduating from St John's College, Durham with a Bachelor of Arts degree;[3][2] He also studied at Hull University, receiving a Master of Arts degree, followed by ordination training at Westcott House, Cambridge.[3] He was ordained priest in 1984.

Priestly career[edit]

Blackburn served his curacy at St Dunstan's, Stepney from 1983 to 1987 (deacon 1983) and then served for five and a half years as priest in charge of St John’s Isleworth until 1992. He was then Vicar of St Mark’s Mosborough from 1992, during which time he was also Area Dean of Attercliffe starting in 1996 and an honorary canon of Sheffield Cathedral from 1998. In 1999 he became Archdeacon of Sheffield and Rotherham until 2009 and a canon residentiary of Sheffield Cathedral until 2005.[3][2]

Episcopal ministry[edit]

On 27 August 2009, it was announced that Blackburn had been appointed to the episcopacy, succeeding David Jennings.[3] He was consecrated at York Minster on 3 November 2009[1] before his installation at Liverpool Cathedral on 7 November 2009.

Marriage and family[edit]

Blackburn married Helen Claire, daughter of Edward Davies, in 1980.[2] Helen Blackburn is a violist and teacher who was also ordained in the Church of England (1999). They have three daughters and one son: Charlotte (born 1982), Emma (born 1984), Robert (born 1986) and Isabelle (born 1988).[2]



  1. ^ a b Click Liverpool — New Bishop of Warrington announced, published 28 August 2009
  2. ^ a b c d e f Diocese of Liverpool — Bishop of Warrington
  3. ^ a b c d e Number 10 — Suffragan See of Warrington
  4. ^ Diocese of Liverpool — Bishops
Church of England titles
Preceded by
David Jennings
Bishop of Warrington