Mr John Grady,
62 Headingley Lane,
LEEDS, LS6 2BX
Tel: 0113 261 8022
Fax: 0113 261 8035
The Diocese of Leeds came into being in 1878 and today it comprises 83 parishes spread across West Yorkshire, a large part of North Yorkshire and areas in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Lancashire. The mother church of the diocese is St Anne's Cathedral in Leeds, whose origins can be traced back to the days of the Leeds Mission in the 18th century. In addition there are other long-established parishes in Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield and Wakefield. Beyond these large urban areas there are also thriving worshipping communities in towns such as Pontefract, Dewsbury, Keighley, Skipton, Ilkley, Otley, Ripon, Harrogate, Wetherby, Tadcaster, Selby and Goole. In total there are some 156,000 Catholics living in the Diocese of Leeds at the present time.
As well as meeting the spiritual needs of the people in the parishes our priests also carry out important chaplaincy work in diocesan schools and colleges hospitals and prisons. There are full-time chaplains at the universities in Bradford, Huddersfield and Leeds, including Leeds Trinity University, a Catholic foundation established in the 1960s.
The headquarters of the diocese are located at Hinsley Hall in Leeds, which houses the Diocesan Curia and the offices of the Vicariates and diocesan agencies. Hinsley Hall is also the Diocesan Pastoral Centre and a residential conference centre. Myddelton Grange near Ilkley serves as the diocesan Youth Centre. Nearby, in the centre of Ilkley is the Briery Retreat Centre.
Our diocesan welfare agency Catholic Care traces its origins back to the opening of a Catholic orphanage in Leeds in 1863. One hundred and fifty years later the organisation provides a range of support services for children, families, adults with learning difficulties and the elderly. Likewise, St Gemma's Hospice in Leeds was founded by the Sisters of the Cross and Passion in 1978 and the Little Sisters of the Poor have a home for the elderly at Mount St Joseph's in Headingley.
A number of Catholic organisations and societies are active here in the Diocese of Leeds enabling laypeople to play their part in promoting the mission of the local Church. Among these are Cafod, the Catenian Association, the Catholic Women's League, the Knights of St Columba, the Legion of Mary, the Lourdes Association, the St Vincent de Paul Society, and the Union of Catholic Mothers.
Welcome to our website where you will find much more information about all these aspects of life in the Diocese of Leeds, and many more besides, which together testify to the vitality of the Catholic Church in this part of the world.
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