Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham

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Archdiocese of Birmingham

Archidioecesis Birminghamiensis
Coat of Arms of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham.svg
Coat of arms
Country England
TerritoryCounties of Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire
Ecclesiastical provinceBirmingham
Deaneries18 - Banbury, Birmingham (Cathedral), Birmingham (East), Birmingham (North), Birmingham (South), Coventry, Dudley, Kidderminster, Lichfield, North Staffordshire, Oxford (North), Oxford (South), Rugby, Stafford, Walsall, Warwick, Wolverhampton, Worcester
Subdivisions3 Episcopal Areas
Area8,735 km2 (3,373 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2015)
443,300 (8.9%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
Established29 September 1850
(As Diocese of Birmingham)
28 October 1911
(As Archdiocese of Birmingham)
CathedralMetropolitan Cathedral Church of Saint Chad, Birmingham
Patron SaintsOur Blessed Lady Conceived Without Sin (8 December), Saint Chad (1 March)
Secular priests214 (+100 deacons)
Current leadership
ArchbishopMost Rev. Bernard Longley
Auxiliary Bishops
Vicar GeneralVery Rev. Canon Richard Walker VG
Episcopal Vicars
  • Very Rev. Canon Paul Fitzpatrick
  • Rev. Fr. Gary Buckby
  • Sr. Anna O'Connor SP
  • Br. Laurence Hughes FSC
Judicial VicarRev. Fr. Joseph McLoughlin
Bishops emeritus
The Archdiocese of Birmingham within the Province of Birmingham
The Archdiocese of Birmingham within the Province of Birmingham

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham is one of the principal Latin-rite Catholic administrative divisions of England and Wales in the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. The archdiocese covers an area of 3,373 square miles (8,740 km2), encompassing Staffordshire, the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and much of Oxfordshire as well as Caversham in Berkshire. The metropolitan see is in the City of Birmingham at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of Saint Chad. The metropolitan province includes the suffragan dioceses of Clifton and Shrewsbury.

The Archbishop is Bernard Longley, who was named the ninth Archbishop of Birmingham on 1 October 2009. He succeeds the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols (2000–09). Bishop Longley was installed as Archbishop of Birmingham at the Metropolitan Cathedral and Basilica of Saint Chad on 8 December 2009, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and one of the patronal feasts of the Archdiocese, St Chad being the other.


Erected as the Vicariate Apostolic of the Midlands District in 1688, the vicariate grew very slowly until the advent of the industrial revolution. In response to large growth the name was changed in 1840 to the Vicariate Apostolic of Central District and a new vicariate created out of the eastern district.

Finally, in September 1850, the vicariate was elevated to a full diocese, as the Diocese of Birmingham, along with the Diocese of Nottingham and the Diocese of Shrewsbury. The diocese was then suffragan to the Archdiocese of Westminster.

The Diocese of Birmingham was elevated to archdiocese status on 28 October 1911.

Diocesan boundaries[edit]

The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, has overall episcopal oversight of the diocese that is divided into three pastoral areas, each of which is headed by an auxiliary bishop and contains a number of deaneries:

  • Central and Western Pastoral Area (Area Bishop: The Right Reverend David Evans): Birmingham Cathedral, Birmingham East, Birmingham North, Birmingham South, Kidderminster, Worcester.
  • Northern Pastoral Area (Area Bishop: The Right Reverend Stephen Wright): Dudley, Lichfield, North Staffordshire, Stafford, Walsall, Wolverhampton.
  • Southern Pastoral Area (Area Bishop: vacant - covered by the Very Reverend Canon Paul Fitzpatrick VE): Banbury, Coventry, Oxford North, Oxford South, Rugby, Warwick.



Vicars Apostolic of the Midland District[edit]

Vicars Apostolic of the Central District[edit]

Bishops of Birmingham[edit]

  • William Bernard Ullathorne, O.S.B. (1850-1888); see above
  • Edward Ilsley (1888-1911); see below

Archbishops of Birmingham[edit]

Coadjutor Vicars Apostolic[edit]

Auxiliary bishops[edit]

Other priests of this diocese who became bishops[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Resignations and Appointments, 18.03.2020". Holy See Press Office. Holy See. 18 March 2020. Archived from the original on 18 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.

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Coordinates: 52°29′08″N 1°53′55″W / 52.4856°N 1.8987°W / 52.4856; -1.8987