Bernard Ward (bishop)

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Bernard Ward
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Reference styleThe Right Reverend
Spoken styleMy Lord
Religious styleBishop

Bernard Nicholas Ward (4 February 1857 – 21 January 1920) was an English prelate who served in the Roman Catholic Church as the Bishop of Brentwood from 1917 until his death in 1920.[1] He was "a distinguished educationalist and the foremost historian of English Catholicism of his generation."[2]


Born at Old Hall Green, Hertfordshire on 4 February 1857, he was ordained to the priesthood on 8 October 1882.

In 1917, the Diocese of Brentwood was created from the Archdiocese of Westminster. Ward was appointed the Apostolic Administrator and Titular Bishop of Lydda on 22 March 1917. His consecration to the Episcopate took place on 10 April 1917, the principal consecrator was Cardinal Francis Bourne, Archbishop of Westminster, and the principal co-consecrators were John Francis Vaughan, Auxiliary Bishop of Salford and Joseph Butt, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster. Three months later, Ward was appointed the first Bishop of the Diocese of Brentwood on 20 July 1917.[1]

Ward was known as something of a railway buff "...when writing to his clergy, the Bishop would always include details of the most convenient train times for reaching a particular event to which he had invited them."[3]

He died in office on 21 January 1920, aged 63,[1] and is buried in the chapel of St Edmund's College, Ware, where he had served as President.


  1. ^ a b c "Bishop Bernard Nicholas Ward". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Centenary", Diocese of Brentwood
  3. ^ "Westminster's 'Daughter Diocese' Celebrates its Centenary", Diocese of Westminster

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Catholic Church titles
New title Bishop of Brentwood
Succeeded by
Arthur Doubleday