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February 4th, 2016 - Diocese of Leeds Music CD

Children and Youth Choirs from the Diocese have a new CD of Favourite Catholic Hymns with a foreword note included by Bishop Marcus.

CDs are available from the music office priced £10 by contacting:  [email protected] or 0113 244 8634. More>>

January 26th, 2016 - Bishop John Wilson

Congratulations to Bishop John Wilson, priest of the Diocese of Leeds, who was ordained an Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Westminster.

Bishop John was ordained alongside Canon Paul McAleenan, priest of the Diocese of Westminster, at Westminster Cathedral by Cardinal Vincent Nichols More>>

January 6th, 2016 - Flooding at Mytholmroyd

Bishop Marcus Stock circulated a letter within the Diocese with regard to the flooding at The Good Shepherd Church, Mytholmroyd.

Further details are available on

 Please click on the link to read the Bishop's More>>

January 4th, 2016 - Mgr Bernard Doyle RIP

The longest serving and oldest priest in the Diocese died peacefully at his home in the Little Sisters, Leeds on 4th January 2016.  Born on 2nd October 1920 and ordained on 4th June 1944 Mgr Bernard Doyle was 95 years old and had served as a priest for over 71 years! Much of his priestly More>>

December 27th, 2015 - Little Sisters of the Poor celebrate 150 years in Leeds

The Little Sisters of the Poor today celebrated the 150th anniversary of their arrival in Leeds. Here they are with Bishop Stock after Mass in the chapel at Mount St Joseph's, More>>

December 15th, 2015 - St Joseph's, Bishop Thornton - Raise a Toast to CAFOD

Pupils and staff at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Bishop Thornton are busily ‘spreading’ the importance of supporting those in our world who are less fortunate this Advent.

During the 3 weeks of Advent that children will be in school, a ‘pop-up’ More>>

December 14th, 2015 - Holy Door Opening

"We have opened the Holy Door, here and in all the cathedrals of the world. Even this simple sign is an invitation to joy. It begins a time of the great forgiveness. It is the Jubilee of Mercy."

These were the words of Pope Francis as he opened the Holy Door in the Cathedral More>>

November 30th, 2015 - Congratulations to Bishop-Elect John Wilson

On Tuesday, 24th November 2015, Pope Francis announced that he had chosen a Leeds priest, Mgr John Wilson, to become one of two new Auxiliary Bishops in the Diocese of Westminster. Mgr John is currently Parish Priest of St Martin de Porres Parish in Wakefield and served as Diocesan Administrator More>>

November 21st, 2015 - Diocese of Leeds Pilgrimage to Holy Land 2017

Come on a pilgrimage with Bishop Marcus to the Holy Land and let the Holy Scriptures come alive as we visit many of the places of the old and new testaments. On our journey, we will also meet the local Christian community, offering them encouragement as we hear of the challenges they face. We More>>

November 14th, 2015 - Cardinal Vincent message to French Community

Cardinal Vincent sent a message to the French community in London based at Notre Dame de France, the French church in Leicester Square, in which he says:
'Today I wish to express my horror at the events in Paris last night. These killings are to be utterly condemned. The random and brutal More>>

November 6th, 2015 - Leeds Trinity University - Annual Patronal Feast Day

Leeds Trinity University celebrated their Annual Patronal Feast Day in style on 4th November. Bishop Marcus began by concelebrating Holy Mass with seven priests and two deacons.

At the end of Mass, the new Angelus Bell was officially re-dedicated and Mother More>>

November 2nd, 2015 - Syro Malabar Chaplaincy comes to Leeds

Rt. Rev. Marcus Stock kindly granted St. Wilfrid's Church, Farnley, Leeds to the Syro Malabar Catholic Community as their designated Church for all their spiritual activities.

Bishop Marcus inaugurated all the Syro Malabar activities in St. Wilfrid's Church More>>

October 30th, 2015 - Induction of Fr Larkin

Fr Larkin was inducted as Parish Priest of Sacred Heart and St Patrick’s on the evening of Thursday 29 October by Bishop Marcus. Fr Larkin was welcomed by parishioners of the Sacred Heart and St Patrick’s and from More>>

October 27th, 2015 - All Saints Day at Leeds Trinity University

You are warmly invited to the Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints on 4th November at 10.30am at Leeds Trinity University Chapel.  Mass will celebrated by Bishop Marcus Stock.

This will be followed by the Annual Cross and Passion Lecture given this year More>>

October 8th, 2015 - Mass for Married Couples - with Renewal of Committment

One of the first decisions he made, as Bishop of Leeds, almost one year ago, Bishop Marcus told us at Mass on Saturday, was to inaugurate an annual Mass for Marriage.  His appointment as Bishop last year had come with a commission from Pope Francis to have a special care for the family. The More>>

October 8th, 2015 - St Joseph's Primary, Bishop Thornton - Inter-Faith Visit

Children and staff from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Bishop Thornton spent a day with the Jewish community in Leeds as part of their study of Judaism. The visit to the Sinai Reform Synagogue and Brodetsky Orthodox Jewish Primary School gave the children a first More>>

October 8th, 2015 - Growing Old Grace-fully

Come and hear Ann Morisy in Leeds, author of best-selling books Beyond the Good Samaritan and Journeying Out.

On Friday 16th October, 10.30am at Wheeler Hall, Cathedral Church of St Anne, Great George Street, Leeds LS2 8BE, Growing Old Grace-fully is delighted to More>>

October 3rd, 2015 - New Canons For The Cathedral!

On Tuesday, 22nd September, during a Votive Mass of Our Lady, Mother of Unfailing Help, the Bishop presided over the Installation of three new Canons in the Cathedral Chapter. Fr James Callaghan (Parish Priest of St Blaise, Bradford and Dean of Bradford), Fr Kevin Firth (Parish Priest of More>>

October 3rd, 2015 - Walsingham In The Sun

On Saturday 26th September more than six hundred pilgrims of all ages and from all corners of the Diocese made their way to Walsingham, the national shrine of Our Lady in Norfolk. Some had come on organised coaches and others had driven there by car and taken a few days break around the More>>

September 15th, 2015 -

A unique event occurred at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College when Head of RE, Catherine Herring, delivered a preview of her Farmington Lecture on "Communicating the Catholic Ethos. Catherine won the prestigious annual Farmington Fellowship, which is awarded to teachers More>>

September 12th, 2015 - Chaplaincy for Syro Malabar Catholics

Chaplaincy for Syro Malabar Catholics

Bishop Marcus has written this weekend to the parishioners of St Gianna Bereta Molla parish in Leeds proposing a plan to establish a Syro Malabar Chaplaincy at St. Wilfrid’s Church and inviting them to a public meeting to discuss this further. More>>

September 12th, 2015 - Rising to the Pope’s Challenge and the Migrant Crisis In Europe

Rising to the Pope’s Challenge and the Migrant Crisis In Europe

Last Sunday in his Angelus address to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square in Rome Pope Francis called om every parish and religious community in Europe to "offer Shelter to migrant families" and More>>

September 4th, 2015 - Council of Priests

As Bishop Marcus settles into the Diocese there are many demands for his attention.

The Church’s Code of Canon Law requires the new Bishop of a Diocese to reconstitute the Council of Priests within twelve months of taking up Office. So Bishop More>>

July 28th, 2015 - LOURDES 2015 (PART ONE )

Earlier this month the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes took place - led, of course, by the Bishop. Here are the reflections of three of the people who were on the pilgrimage:

Angela Harvey is Lead Carer and wrote the More>>


The Ordination celebration for Fr. Sean Crawley, on Saturday, July 25th 2015 had many ‘Firsts' in it. However as this picture shows there was a very special ‘First'.

Gathered in the Cathedral were three Bishops of the Diocese:  Archbishop Arthur Roche, Bishop Emeritus More>>

July 26th, 2015 - 500 YEARS OF SERVICE

This is the time of year when a lot of the priests celebrate their Ordination anniversaries. We have already had the Mass that the  Bishop shares with his brother Priests and the people of the Diocese to celebrate all the Jubilarians of the year.

Thursday, 23rd July More>>

July 26th, 2015 - A first for Leeds!

The City of Leeds is proud when it can claim something it does or stands for is a ‘first’. However on Saturday, July 25th it was the Cathedral that was in the spot light.

Into a full Cathedral there came a procession of the clergy from all over the World among them Four More>>

July 21st, 2015 - Archbishop Roche - Ruby Jubilee

Our former bishop celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on Sunday, 19th July 2015.

It was on this day in 1975 that he was ordained by Bishop Wheeler at St Joseph's, Batley Carr. Last month his current responsibilities in Rome prevented his attendance at the More>>

July 14th, 2015 - Proclaim '15 - National Catholic Evangelisation Conference

On Saturday, 11th July 2015, 35 Pilgrims from the Leeds Diocese met in Birmingham with Bishop Marcus and participated in the Proclaim '15 National Catholic Evangelisation Conference.  There were representatives from every diocese  in England and Wales along More>>

July 9th, 2015 - Bishop Marcus Stock Celebrates 50th Anniversary Mass at St. Mary’s Menston

The sun shone down on St. Mary's, Menston last week when the school community gathered to celebrate 50 years of Catholic Education on the Feast of the First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church. 

Bishop Marcus Stock, Bishop of Leeds and ten of his More>>

July 7th, 2015 - Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

This week we pray for our diocesan pilgrims while they are in Lourdes on the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage.

Some of the youth were delayed due to the travel disruptions at Calais but they arrived safe and sound.  We await lots of photos from them when they return.


July 6th, 2015 - JUNE E-PAPER

June has been a busy Month both for the Diocese and the Bishop. In this collection are just some of the things that took place and a very short comment on them.

Most of these stories have already appeared on the Web , but are brought together here so as to give you an idea of what goes on More>>

June 28th, 2015 - Diocesan moves

Bishop Marcus has issued a memo to the Diocese outlining the moves that are going to take place over the summer months amongst the Clergy.

The following priests are retiring from the responsibilities of parish ministry: 

Rev Fr Neville Atkinson
Rev Fr Frank McGrath
Rev More>>


The first visit to Holy Family, Slaithwaite by Bishop Marcus was twofold. Firstly, to consecrate and dedicate the Church built 100 years ago, through the generosity of Sir Joseph and Lady Radcliffe who both donated the land and defrayed all the building costs.
Secondly, to meet many current More>>

June 22nd, 2015 - 150 YEARS OF SERVICE

Thursday June18th saw St Patrick's school in Huddersfield play host to a special visit by the Bishop. The school was celebrating 150 years of education - the Bishop was there to help them to do it.

It was obvious from the start that lots of hard work had gone into making sure everything More>>

June 14th, 2015 - 740 YEARS OF SERVICE

Friday June 12th , the day chosen this year to celebrate the Jubilarians of  the diocese proved a warm sunny , summer day .

This year there have been 15 priests celebrating different anniversaries from silver to Diamond and 12 of them were present in the Cathedral. As More>>

June 14th, 2015 - A FOND FAREWELL AFTER 61 YEARS

The little Church of St Anthony's, Clayton, Bradford was full on the night of Saturday June 13th for a service of thanksgiving and farewell. The event was a Mass by Bishop Marcus to mark 61 years of Faithfull Service by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Littlehampton.

As we More>>

May 29th, 2015 - ‘It changed my life!'

This was one of the take home messages from the Leeds launch of the new and updated
Family Caring Trust (FCT) What Can a Parent Do? 5s to 12s parenting programme at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre in More>>


In the presence of other senior Church Leaders from West Yorkshire, the Rt. Rev. Marcus Stock, Catholic Bishop of Leeds, has More>>


On Tuesday 19 May St Stephen's Catholic Primary School, Skipton, were delighted to welcome the new Catholic Bishop of Leeds, Marcus Stock, when he paid a visit to the
school to open the new extension to the Nursery.

Bishop Marcus was introduced to every year group, ably escorted by More>>


It was a sunny if not warm evening for the Vigil of the Feast of Pentecost this year. As now seems to be normal people making their way to the Cathedral, had to push
their way through another City Centre event, which was about food but from  the noise coming into the Cathedral, More>>


Staff and Governors in The Leeds Catholic Community of Schools were delighted to welcome Bishop Marcus Stock to St Paul's Church in Alwoodley on Thursday, 21st May 2015, where he presided at their Annual Partnership Mass.

Bishop Marcus commented that the Church's choice of the More>>

May 14th, 2015 - New Bishop for Nottungham

Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Patrick McKinney, a priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, as tenth Bishop of Nottingham.

Monsignor Patrick McKinney was born on 30 April 1954, the eldest son of Patrick and Bridget McKinney, originally from Ireland, and brought up in Birmingham. He More>>

May 7th, 2015 - Double first for Bishop Marcus

Tuesday evening, (5th May 2015, saw Bishop Marcus' first celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation as a Bishop in front of a full congregation at St Joseph's, Bilton, More>>

May 2nd, 2015 - Inaugural Mass - Blessed Peter Snow Academy Trust

Bishop Marcus joined with students and staff to celebrate the newly established Blessed Peter Snow Catholic Academy More>>

May 2nd, 2015 - Fr Jeremiah Joseph O'MahonyRIP - Funeral arrangements updated

It is with sadness that the Diocese announces  the death of Fr Jerry O'Mahony.  Fr Jerry was born in Mill Street, Co Cork on 11th September 1934.  He studied for the priesthood at All Hallows' College, Dublin and was ordained on 22nd June More>>



Corpus Christi High School had asked to lead the liturgy this year for the presentation of cheques to the Bishop for Catholic Care was Corpus Christi Catholic College, Leeds. 


The evening of Wednesday, 29th April 2015, was nice and sunny and this was the day that the Bishop had chosen to invite the people of the Diocese to remember all those who fought and died in the Gallipoli just one hundred years ago.




The city of Leeds was just coming to life - well night life - when the Cathedral Church of St Anne settled down into total darkness for the celebration of the Vigil liturgy. 



By its very nature the celebration of the Mass on Maundy Thursday is less flamboyant than that of the Chrism Mass on Wednesday, and so it was in the Cathedral - gone were the fanfare of trumpets and the Massed choirs from across the Diocese - this celebration was a more homely affair , but still More>>


With a Cathedral that appeared to be in semi - darkness, Fr Matthew took time to explain what was about to happen and asked the congregation to make sure they took part - especially in the reading of the Passion.  As ever the Cathedral was full - people had come from far and wide to mark More>>

April 2nd, 2015 - A TIME FOR RENEWAL

The Wednesday of Holy week has always been a very special day in the eyes of the Bishop of the Diocese and His clergy - this year it was even more so for the Diocese of Leeds.

This was the first celebration by Bishop Marcus of the Chrism Mass. Heralded by a fanfare of Trumpets the More>>

March 30th, 2015 - MAKING A START

Palm Sunday this year proved to be a cold, windy and rainy day.

However, this did not deter the Cathedral from starting the Holy Week celebrations in the usual way with an ecumenical blessing of Palms. With this in mind members of Leeds Minster and the Cathedral along with Bishop More>>

March 24th, 2015 - ‘Maths Week in Bishop Thornton'

Children, staff and the wider school community came together for a week long celebration of all things Mathematical at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Bishop Thornton, North Yorkshire.

The aim of the week was raise the profile of Maths across the school, whilst at the same time More>>

March 24th, 2015 - A First Permanent Deacon ordained at St Mary’s Halifax

It was with great pleasure that Bishop Marcus ordained John Walsh to the Permanent Diaconate on Saturday 21st March. Thanking Bishop Marcus, Monsignor David Smith, the Parish priest at St Mary's, said that St Mary's had witnessed many ordinations to the priesthood but as far as he More>>


Thursday March 19th gave Bishop Marcus the opportunity to not only visit the Little Sisters of the Poor's Home, Mount St Joseph's, in Headingley, Leeds but also to celebrate with them their Feast Day.

All the retired clergy that live at the Home and those that live in the More>>

March 19th, 2015 - High Sherriff Calls to say Hello

On a very full day - Thursday, 19th March - Bishop Marcus made time to welcome the incoming New High Sherriff of West Yorkshire - Mr Ed Anderson KSG.

Mr Anderson is known in the Diocese for the work he has already done as a former Chair of the Board of Governors of Leeds Trinity More>>


It was a wonderful celebration day for two Carmelite Sisters at the Monastery at Wood Hall, Wetherby on March 11th. Sr Philomena was rejoicing in 50 years of Profession and Sr Melanie 40 years. Bishop Marcus presided over a Mass of thanksgiving, assisted by a large gathering of priests, More>>

March 12th, 2015 - NEW BOOK LAUNCH

One of the UK's top universities for employability and student satisfaction, Leeds Trinity University, is to launch a major work on the New Evangelization on Tuesday 24

The book, The New More>>

March 5th, 2015 - St Bede's and St Joseph's Catholic College Visit by Bishop Marcus

Recently the college was delighted to welcome our newly appointed Bishop Marcus Stock who was able to join with us to celebrate the foundation of our new college. It was important that the college was able to mark its birth liturgically and sacramentally through the celebration of the Mass and More>>

February 26th, 2015 - What Can a Parent Do?

Bishops Marcus Stock will host the afternoon session of the Leeds launch of the new and updated Family Caring Trust (FCT) What Can a Parent Do? parenting programme at Hinsley Hall on Thursday 21st May.  

This universally popular More>>

February 25th, 2015 - Called by Name

The Rite of Election & Affirmation 2015

On February 22nd, the First Sunday of Lent, people from around the diocese gathered with Bishop Marcus Stock at Leeds Cathedral for the Rite of Election and More>>

February 25th, 2015 - Proclaim ’15

National Catholic Evangelisation Conference Proclaim '15 is a national conference taking place in Birmingham on July 11th 2015. Proclaim '15 is a significant evangelisation initiative being launched to support, inspire More>>

February 20th, 2015 - Thirty Years of Service to the Diocese

Patrick and Margaret Dooley have been involved with the Diocese of Leeds through worship and work for nearly all their married life, which began almost fifty years ago.

During the 1980s, while a parishioner in the Cathedral Parish, Mgr. McGuire and a young Fr. Roche asked Patrick to help More>>

February 19th, 2015 - THE JOURNEY HAS STARTED

The Cathedral Church of St Anne, Leeds, was full on Wednesday evening and looking very sombre - it had already been full at lunch time - with standing room only. The reason being that Lent was starting with the traditional Blessing of Ashes.

Bishop Stock, in his first year of his New More>>

February 17th, 2015 - Hear the Voice of Jesus

Over 150 young people, along with several priests and religious of the diocese, gathered at Notre Dame College for a weekend retreat run by the Leeds Diocesan Youth Service and Youth 2000 last weekend.  The theme of the retreat was "listening to the More>>


Archbishop Arthur Roche, former Bishop of Leeds and now secretary at the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and Archbishop Portase Rugambwa, president of the Pontifical Mission Societies, were to leave for India on Monday but were forced to cancel their trip at More>>

February 3rd, 2015 - NEW PRIEST FOR THE DIOCESE

After he was vested as a new priest and his hands anointed with the oil of the sacred chrism, Rev. Tony Rosso hugged his mother, Dawn. His family and friends joined almost 1,800 people at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Naples, Florida for the rare occasion of an More>>

January 27th, 2015 - New priest for the Diocese

The ordination of the next new priest for our diocese will take place in sunny Florida. Deacon Anthony Del Rosso, 29, will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Stock in St Agnes' Church, Naples on the 2nd February 2015.

Anthony, who was ordained deacon More>>

January 19th, 2015 -

Pupils from St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Bishop Thornton, recently took part in a
workshop with children from across the Ripon area on the theme of ‘Britishness'
and what it means to be British. During the workshop, children from 11
different primary schools shared More>>

January 14th, 2015 - Monsignor Canon Peter McGuire (Prot.Ap)

In the long history of the Diocese of Leeds few priests have served it with more dedication and distinction than Mgr. Peter McGuire who has died at the age of eighty-two. Mgr. McGuire was staying with friends in the Lancashire village of Parbold when he died More>>

January 13th, 2015 - Bishop Marcus returns to Birmingham

The Bishop of Leeds, the Right Reverend Marcus Stock returned to St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham on Tuesday (13 January) for a Mass of Thanksgiving "not for (his) consecration as a bishop", but for "the love, support and nurture of (his) faith" received from the parishioners More>>

January 7th, 2015 - ANNUAL REPORT 2014

The Diocesan Trust have presented their report for this year with regard to the finances of the Diocese.
The copy of this report is attached here as a PDF for everyone to read. More>>

January 7th, 2015 - NEW YEAR BOOK

The Diocesan Year Book for 2015 is now on sale.

As well as contact details for our clergy, schools and the diocesan offices - there is a Review of the year in the life of the Diocese. This year it also has a section on More>>

January 6th, 2015 - LOOKING FOR ANSWERS

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales are inviting the faithful in the year ahead to pray and reflect with them on how the wonderful gift of marriage and family life can be more fully at the heart of the mission of the Church.


December 30th, 2014 - Rev Frank Carroll

It is with sadness that we must announce the death of Fr Frank Carroll aged 73 years. 

Fr Frank had retired in May to the Manor House in Otley and he died at home during the Christmas holiday.  Frank was More>>

December 27th, 2014 - BE NOT AFRAID

After two long years the Cathedral Church of St Anne at last had a Bishop of its own to gather around and celebrate the Birth of Jesus.

Most people were there early and in their places for the Carols Service that proceeded the More>>

December 27th, 2014 - Pastoral Letter – Feast of the Holy Family

At all Masses celebrated this weekend in the churches and chapels of the Diocese of Leeds, a Pastoral Letter from Bishop Marcus has  been  read for the Feast of the Holy Family.

At the same time, all the More>>

December 8th, 2014 - GOD LOVES THE POOR


December 5th, 2014 - Fr Michael Powell

The Diocese is sad to More>>

December 4th, 2014 - Bishop Marcus Stock drops in to say good bye to Little Brother.


December 2nd, 2014 - BISHOP MARCUS SAYS YES



November 27th, 2014 - A NEW BEGINNING

It was a dank, dark More>>

November 21st, 2014 - No Fruit Without Roots


Foundations in Faith (CCRS) Presentation Evening

On the evening of the 20th November presentation of certificates was held for the group who have participated in the More>>

November 16th, 2014 - Home at last

Sunday, 16th November saw the New Bishop of Leeds finally arrive in his Cathedral. After a two and a half year wait Mgr Marcus Stock now the tenth Bishop of Leeds arrived to celebrate the 11am Mass.

By now he must have been More>>

November 14th, 2014 - LOVE ONE ANOTHER

This was the message that Bishop Marcus wanted the young people of the Diocese to remember, he told them, at a meeting with them in St Anne's Cathedral on the morning of Friday, 14th November.

Though the weather was wet and cold the More>>

November 13th, 2014 - A NEW BISHOP FOR LEEDS

Splendour and simplicity was the mixture in St Anne's Cathedral for the Ordination and installation of Mgr Marcus Stock as the tenth Bishop of Leeds on Thursday, 13th November. After a wait of two years and six More>>


Mgr Marcus Stock celebrated Vespers on Wednesday, 12th November, at St Anne's Cathedral on the eve of him taking up the office as the 10th Bishop for the Diocese of Leeds.


November 11th, 2014 - Mgr. Stock becomes Bishop of Leeds

LIVE STREAMING OF ORDINATION FROM 11.50AM Thursday, 13th November.


After two years and five months the Diocese More>>


Friday, 14th November - the schools in the Diocese have been invited to the Cathedral for a Service of the Word  and for the Bishop to meet the young people of the Diocese SCHOOLS ONLY

Sunday, 16th November - Bishop More>>

October 2nd, 2014 - St Joseph’s is a growing school!

Pupils and staff at St Joseph's Bishop Thornton in North Yorkshire have been busy planning what to grow in the newest addition to their school garden - a poly-tunnel!

The tunnel will allow the pupils, staff and wider parish community to grow healthy fresh fruit and vegetables throughout More>>


The restoration of unity among all Christians is one of the principal concerns of the Second Vatican Council."The Second Vatican Council issued
Unitatis Redintegratio, its Decree on Ecumenism, in November 1964. Fifty years on, More>>

September 30th, 2014 - Pope Francis appoints Bishop John Arnold as the next Bishop of Salford

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop John Arnold, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Westminster, as Bishop of Salford. He will be the eleventh Bishop of Salford,succeeding Bishop Terence Brain who was appointed in 1997.


September 16th, 2014 - STANDING OVATION

Mgr Marcus Stock received a standing ovation when he was formally presented to the Diocese of Leeds as their 10th Bishop.  

53 year old Mgr Marcus, whose hobbies are cooking and painting, was welcomed by Mgr John Wilson, the Administrator of the Diocese, and wished him More>>

September 15th, 2014 - Pope Francis appoints Monsignor Marcus Stock as new Bishop of Leeds

Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Marcus Stock, currently the general secretary of the Bishops' Conference, as Bishop of Leeds.

He will be the 10th Bishop of Leeds. Mgr John Wilson has been diocesan administrator since More>>

August 11th, 2014 - Cardinal's Iraq Appeal


The President of the Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has released a statement on Iraq calling for urgent "help and protection" for the persecuted communities in the north of the country.




August 11th, 2014 - POPE PRAYS FOR PEACE IN IRAQ

The Holy Father is following with deep concern the dramatic news reports coming from northern Iraq, which involve defenceless populations. Christian communities are particularly affected: a people fleeing from their villages because of the violence that rages in these More>>


The traffic in Leeds City centre was at a standstill on the morning of July 26th - some of it no doubt heading for the Cathedral as people gathered from across the world to celebrate the Ordination of Marc Homsey. Some of it gathering to listen to an impromptu Gospel More>>

July 25th, 2014 - TWO MORE DEACONS

Saturday July 19th was a very special day for Anthony (Tony) Rosso and Sean Crawley.  It was the day they received the Deaconate. For the last six years they have been studying in Rome and with one year to go before the Priesthood they were given the More>>


The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth and the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain are amongst the 24 faith leaders who have today voiced their shared concerns about Lord More>>

July 16th, 2014 - YEADON PRAYER GARDEN

Clare Ripley of SS Peter and Paul Yeadon writes:

‘We had then idea to build a prayer garden in the school grounds and held a
competition for the children to design one. The school council worked with the
Head Mrs Diane Todd to choose their favourite elements of different More>>


Vatican City, 7 July 2014 (VIS) - The following is the full text of the
homily pronounced this morning by Pope Francis during the Mass celebrated in
the Sanctae Marthae Chapel, attended by six victims of sexual abuse by members
of the clergy.

"The scene where Peter More>>

July 7th, 2014 - "Called To Be One"! Ordinary Speaks at Shrewsbury Cathedral

The leader - or Ordinary - of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham,
Monsignor Keith Newton, has said that people like him who became Catholics via
the Ordinariate did so, "not because we wanted to escape the Church of England,
but because of the more important More>>

June 13th, 2014 - 750 YEARS OF SERVICE

Thursday, 12th June was the day chosen, this year, for the Celebration of Priesthood - this being the day, 60 years ago, Bishop David was ordained. Along with 13 of his fellow Jubilarians they all gathered in the Cathedral for a Mass of thanksgving.

The More>>


Vatican City, 27 May 2014 (VIS) – At the end of his trip, during the flight from Tel Aviv to Rome, Pope Francis spoke for over 40 minutes with the journalists who accompanied him on the flight, answering their questions on various issues linked not only to his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, but More>>

May 22nd, 2014 - Mass for primary school children in East Leeds

Archbishop Roche celebrated Mass on Wednesday, 21st May 2014 with fellow priests and students from the Diocese of Leeds in the Crypt of St. Peter’s in Rome for the children from the primary schools of Corpus Christi, St. Theresa’s and St. Nicholas Leeds in response to the tragic More>>

May 13th, 2014 - Cardinal Nichols praises resilience of pupils at school of murdered teacher

12 May 2014 15:07 by Liz Dodd from the tablet

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has paid tribute to the Leeds pupils coming to terms with the More>>

May 13th, 2014 - THE POPE'S


Vatican City, 13 May 2014 (VIS) - Yesterday afternoon in the Paul VI Hall the Holy Father received in audience the rectors and alumni of the Pontifical colleges and residences of Rome. Some of the priests and seminarians, who are from all over the world More>>

April 30th, 2014 - Message from Archbishop Mennini, the Apostolic Nuncio

Dear Monsignor Wilson

Having learnt the sad news of the tragic murder of Mrs. Ann Maguire on Monday at Corpus Christi Catholic College, Leeds, I should like to convey to you, as Aposotlic Administrator of the Diocese of Leeds, as well as to Mrs. Maguire's family, friends, colleagues and More>>

April 29th, 2014 - Corpus Christi Catholic College, Leeds - Statement and Messages

Statement from Mgr. John Wilson, Apostolic Administrator

It is with deep sadness that we learned the tragic and shocking news that Mrs Ann Maguire, a longstanding and much loved teacher at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds, More>>

April 28th, 2014 - Plans for Ordinariate Festival Announced

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is to hold its first "Ordinariate Festival" in September this year. The guest of honour will be Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of
Westminster and head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, who
will deliver More>>

April 20th, 2014 - Chrism Mass 2014

As usual on the Wednesday evening of Holy Week clergy, religious and laypeople from across the diocese gathered in St Anne’s Cathedral for the annual Chrism Mass. But in ways it was an unusual Chrism Mass as we still await the appointment of a new bishop for the diocese. So on this occasion More>>

March 26th, 2014 - Young Ambassadors for St. Mary's, Menston

Eight students from St. Mary's Menston have recently been chosen to be Young
Ambassador's for the school.  As valued and committed members of the Sports Leaders Academy, becoming a Young Ambassador will enable the students to develop their leadership skills further.

The National More>>

March 24th, 2014 - The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust.

On Wednesday 26 February, the school and parish communities of six Catholic schools gathered for the Inaugural Mass of Dedication of The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust.

To celebrate the forming of the Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust, representatives from six Catholic schools More>>

March 21st, 2014 - Archbishop of Liverpool appointed

Pope Francis has appointed the Right Reverend Malcolm McMahon, Bishop of Nottingham, to be the ninth Archbishop of Liverpool.

Archbishop-Elect McMahon’s Mass of Installation as Archbishop of Liverpool will be celebrated at 12.00 noon on Thursday 1 May 2014, the Feast of St Joseph More>>


Senior Leaders of different West Yorkshire Churches will come together at Wakefield Cathedral tomorrow, 5 March, 1pm, to express their concern at policies which cause hunger.

It follows a Tuesday's day of celebration and support for the generosity of More>>

February 28th, 2014 - Petition Raised Against Unfair Transport Plans

Plans by Bradford Council to cease paying for transport for children in faith schools continue to cause upset amongst the Catholic community.

In an attempt to find savings, Bradford Council is consulting on plans to cease paying for More>>

February 26th, 2014 - Letter From The Pope

Pope Francis issued a letter to families  in which he asks for prayers for the upcoming Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of "pastoral challenges to the family in the context of More>>

February 19th, 2014 - Ordinariate Meetings in Rome

The leaders of the three ordinariates - the structures set up to allow former Anglican clergy and lay people to enter the full communion of the Catholic Church, bringing with them much of their Anglican heritage - have met together for the first time to forge closer ties and discuss their growth More>>

February 17th, 2014 - Preparations in hand for Holy Family School's golden jubilee

The Holy Family School took its first students in September 1964 and was officially opened by Bishop Dwyer on May 3rd 1965.

Plans are in hand to mark the jubilee.  Damian Moore, Deputy Headteacher at The Holy Family explained, "The notion of a jubilee is More>>

February 4th, 2014 - Students Get New opportunities


Pupils from St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Bishop Thornton have been visiting Harrogate Gymnastics Club in order to access professional coaching from their staff and to make use of their state of the art facilities. The whole school and most members of staff have been taking part More>>

February 4th, 2014 - Unfair Transport Plans Penalise Catholic Parents


In an attempt to find savings, Bradford Council is consulting on plans to stop paying for transport for children in Catholic schools, leaving parents from St. Mary's, Menston and its feeder primary schools with an unforeseen financial burden.

By law, all children who have to travel More>>

February 3rd, 2014 - US Catholics join UK in prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking

Bishop Pat Lynch has invited Catholics to pray for the Survivors and Victims of Human Trafficking and those who work to combat it on the 8th February, feast of St Josephine Bakhita.

It is the second year that Catholics in England and Wales will be observing this day of prayer More>>

February 3rd, 2014 - St Margaret's wins

The Scottish Charity Appeals Panel has concluded that the St Margaret's Children and Family Care Society would have had to close if it had complied with the OSCR's order

The Scottish Charity Appeals Panel has upheld an appeal from a catholic adoption agency against orders from the Office More>>

February 3rd, 2014 - Religious occupy a privileged position in the Church, says Archbishop of Birmingham

During his Homily at a Mass to mark the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life in St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham, the Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley said that the privileged position occupied by Religious in the Church is ‘not the privilege of honour and recognition', but More>>

January 30th, 2014 - Celebrating the Ordination of a New Bishop for the Diocese of Plymouth

Monsignor Mark O'Toole was ordained as the ninth Bishop of Plymouth during a colourful and joyful installation ceremony at Plymouth Cathedral on 28 January 2014.
He is the first new bishop to be appointed in England and Wales by the Holy Father, Pope Francis succeeding the Rt Rev More>>

January 13th, 2014 - Pope Francis announces Archbishop Nichols to be made a Cardinal


His Holiness Pope Francis, announced that Archbishop Nichols will be made a Cardinal at the next consistory on 22 February 2014.

Archbishop Vincent issued the following statement:

"Today, I am deeply moved by the honour conferred upon the Catholic More>>

December 7th, 2013 - Ordination Day

Archbishop Arthur Roche, Bishop Emeritus, returned to St. Anne's Cathedral on Saturday 7th December to preside at the Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon John Carlisle. He was joined by fellow Bishop Emeritus, Bishop David Konstant, and a host of priests from our Diocese and More>>

November 29th, 2013 - Leeds Trinity Chaplaincy invites you.....

4 DECEMBER 2013 at 6.30pm

You are warmly invited to

‘Insiders as Outsiders, Shifting Margins, and Unholy Spaces: Jesus disturbing practice' With David B McLoughlin, Newman College

After post-graduate studies at the More>>

November 28th, 2013 - St Joseph's, Bishop Thornton - Interfaith Week

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Bishop Thornton took part in an innovative link-up with a school in Kirklees as part of ‘Interfaith Week'. Another ‘St Joseph's' this time in Batley Carr was the destination for an interesting and thought provoking day.

The children and staff More>>

November 15th, 2013 - Many Streams - One River

Thirty people from the diocese attended the Many Streams One River event in London.  Below is a report from the day:

A remarkable event took place on Saturday 9th November at Methodist Central Hall, London, when 1600 members of over 20 new communities and ecclesial movements gathered More>>

November 12th, 2013 - Prayers and support for the Filipino community in their hour of need

Bishops of England and Wales, at this week's Bishops' Conference plenary, called for prayers to be offered for the people of the Philippines, following the intense storm last weekend. Early indications are that over 10,000 people have died and over 10 million affected by Typhoon Haiyan, with up to More>>

November 8th, 2013 - Synod Of Bishops On The Family

At the initiation of Pope Francis a Synod of Bishops will be held next October on the subject of the Family.

An extensive consultation has been launched and we copy here the link to relevant pages of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales website which provides the necessary More>>

October 27th, 2013 - A Feastday Celebration Marks 50 Years

St Wilfrid's Day is always the high point in the Calendar for pupils and staff at St Wilfrid's Catholic High School and Sixth Form College, Featherstone and this year was no exception.

On Thursday 24th October, two thousand people; past and More>>

October 24th, 2013 - Pope Francis addresses ICEL

Vatican City, October 18, 2013 ( |
Here is the text of the address given by Pope Francis to the members of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy today at the Vatican.

* * *
My Brother Bishops,

Dear Friends,

I welcome the members and staff of the More>>

October 8th, 2013 - When a Child is Born.

On Friday, 6th September 2013 Eileen Holland, a member of Catholic Care's School & Family Social Work Service who also runs the Gianna Project, gave a presentation at the European Union of Catholic Women's Conference held at Hinsley Hall.  The title of her presentation was More>>

October 3rd, 2013 - Fr Michael Powell Ruby Jubilee

Friends from as far away as Seatlle, Dortmund in Germany, his home town of Newcastle and friends he has made during the last 40 years as a Priest of the Diocese of Leeds gathered with Fr. Michael Powell as he celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving on the Ruby Jubilee of his Ordination.

In his homily More>>

September 16th, 2013 - Missionary discipleship fundamental to priestly vocation

  The Bishops of England and Wales met with seminarians and staff from across the country at Walsingham on Saturday 14 September. The meeting followed similar meetings in 2010 at Oscott College during the Pope's State Visit to the UK and on the anniversary of that visit in 2011 at Westminster More>>

September 2nd, 2013 - Bishop for mission leads drive to attract four million baptised Catholics back to Church in England and Wales

The Bishop who oversees the work of mission in England and Wales is calling for every parish to prioritise reaching out to the estimated four million baptised Catholics who rarely or never attend Mass.

Rt Rev Kieran Conry is Chair of the Bishops' Department for More>>

August 5th, 2013 - Memories Of Rio


Among the 800 pilgrims who travelled to Rio de Janiero for World Youth Day were 17 from the university chaplaincy in Leeds, with the chaplain, Fr Peter Kravos who writes:


It's difficult for any of us who travelled to Rio for World Youth Day to fully absorb and More>>

August 5th, 2013 - Pope Francis sends personal message to world's Muslims for ‘Id al-Fitr

  This is ‘a clear signal of how important relations with the Muslim community are in the context of his own ministry' says the Chair of the Bishops' Conference Office for Interreligious Dialogue, Archbishop Emeritus of Southwark, Kevin McDonald.


July 23rd, 2013 - Catholic Church welcome Prime Minister's announcement on Online Safety for Children

"As the agencies of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales concerned with the education and welfare of children, we welcome yesterday's announcements on increased online protection for children.

"We welcome the proposals to filters potentially harmful content More>>

July 22nd, 2013 - Young British Catholics in Rio to see the Pope


World Youth Day  22-28 July  


800 young British Catholics have arrived in Rio this week, eagerly awaiting the arrival of Pope Francis for the World Youth Day festival.  The first Latin American Pope arrives in Brazil on More>>

July 22nd, 2013 - Another Batley Man Ordained For The Diocese

Saturday, July 20th was the day chosen for the Ordination to the Priesthood of Phillip Hall. Back from Rome especially to carry out the Ordination was Archbishop Roche, himself a man from Batley. The Archbishop said he was pleased to be back for such a happy occasion and to finish off More>>

July 2nd, 2013 - Double Celebration at Catholic Care

After several days of glorious sunshine the morning of 5 June 2013 dawned grey and cool yet, undeterred, the brave Head Office staff at Catholic Care built the gazebos on the lawn and made the food preparations for the celebration lunch.  At the appointed hour the sun broke through the More>>

July 2nd, 2013 - His Holiness Pope Francis sends message to Catholic Care to Mark it's 150th Anniversary


A message from His Holiness Pope Francis was read out at a special Mass celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols at Leeds Cathedral of Saturday 22 June 2013 to mark the 150th Anniversary of the foundation of the Leeds Diocesan Charity, Catholic Care.


The More>>

July 2nd, 2013 - Bishop’s Cup Final

The Bishop's Cup final was played last Thursday (20/6/13) at Holy Name Catholic Primary School. The final was between St. Theresa's and Corpus Christi. Both teams gave their all in trying to win it. The match was a very close affair and at half time the scores were even at 0-0. It was hard to More>>


Dr James Hagerty's Cardinal John Carmel Heenan - Priest of the People, Prince of the Church is a significant and timely publication. In the first place, too few books are written about the history of the Catholic Church in this country during the 20th century; More>>

June 3rd, 2013 - Golden Jubilee celebrations - Bradford

  On 20th May 1963 the school was dedicated by Bishop Dwyer, the Bishop of Leeds and during the final week of the half term there was a host of celebrations to mark the Golden Jubilee.

During the term each class has had a focus of St John the Evangelist 1963 - 2013 whilst More>>

May 30th, 2013 - Over 600 Years Service

When the priests of the Diocese gathered together on the morning of Thursday May 30th in the Cathedral - they were there to celebrate over 600 years of service - and that was just the years put in by those who were celebrating important anniversaries.

However there was another More>>


  A group of senior Church Leaders from West Yorkshire has met with a member of the Cabinet and pressed the Government to take action on aggressive tax avoidance.

The churches are in the forefront of emergency welfare provision for people who are destitute because of unemployment and cuts; More>>


A group of senior West Yorkshire church leaders has returned from a joint pilgrimage to Corrymeela, County Antrim, having learned of the Northern Ireland experience of peacemaking and reconciliation.

The group included the Vicar-General of the Catholic Diocese of Leeds, More>>


  The Bishops of England and Wales,  are  on retreat at the Pallazolla near Rome, but on  Wednesday, 17 April they  joined the General Audience in St Peter's Square after celebrating Mass at St Peter's tomb. There were More than 50,000 pilgrims from around the world in the More>>


  Since the Diocese is without a Bishop at the moment then special arrangements had to be made for the celebration of ‘The Chrism Mass' this year. Into the gap stepped His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor- no stranger of course to the Leeds Diocese since his time as Archbishop of More>>


Over 50 delegates from 80 countries spent a long weekend at Hinsley Hall, Leeds from March 15th to 19th to put the finishing touches to plans for this year's International Conference at Trinity University, Leeds. This Conference will take place from July 27th and will have More>>


Vatican City, 14 March 2013 (VIS) - It was no secret. Like one who has no cares that everyone knows what he intended to do, at 8:24pm last night in his first public appearance he stated: "Tomorrow I am going to pray to the Virgin, for the safekeeping of all of Rome." Then at 8:05 this More>>

March 2nd, 2013 - Cardinal Sodano Summons Cardinals to Rome

  Vatican City, March 01, 2013 (  On the first day of Sede Vacante, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, has sent out a letter summoning the cardinals to the first General Congregation, which will begin More>>


  Vatican City, 27 February 2013 (VIS) - Today, Benedict XVI celebrated his last general audience. In St. Peter's Square, crowded with tens of thousands of people wishing to bid him farewell, the Pontiff said: "Thank you for coming in such large numbers to this, my last general audience. More>>

February 25th, 2013 - CARDINAL O'BRIEN RESIGNS

  VATICAN CITY, February 25, 2013 ( - Pope Benedict XVI today accepted More>>

February 16th, 2013 - Canon Denis Tangney RIP

Canon Denis Tangney died peacefully, on Friday evening, 15th February at his home in Mount Saint Joseph's, Leeds.  Canon Tangney had lived at Mount Saint Joseph's since suffering a stroke a few years ago.

Born in 1922, Canon Denis Tangney studied More>>

February 14th, 2013 - SNOW, ASH AND RECONCILIATION

Senior West Yorkshire Church Leaders and local school children braved heavy snow to witness community reconciliation and peacebuilding in Dewsbury, today. Standing outside Dewsbury Town Hall, where political extremists have rallied in the past, the Right Reverend Tony Robinson, Bishop of More>>

February 11th, 2013 - Benedict XVI's resignation

In the light of the news from the Vatican, Mgr. John Wilson, Diocesan Administrator for the Diocese of Leeds, issued the following statement:

Pope Benedict XVI's announcement today that he is to resign as Bishop of Rome on 28 February has come as a surprise to everyone in the Catholic More>>

February 1st, 2013 - New Deacon For East Leeds

Special arrangements have to be made for an Ordination when you don't have your own Bishop and so, following a night of very heavy snow, Bishop John Rawsthorne of Hallam made the journey north to Leeds Cathedral to ordain Sean Quigley as a Deacon.

Sean is a More>>

January 11th, 2013 - Love, Joy and Friendship -

If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze

On Thursday 10th January 2013 the school and parish communities of eight Catholic schools came together at Ss Peter & Paul in Sandal for an Inaugural Mass of Dedication of the schools in the Bishop More>>


The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem held their Vigil Service and Mass of Investiture in Leeds Cathedral on Friday and Saturday, November 30th and December 1st.

Chief celebrant and preacher on the Saturday was Grand Prior Most Reverend Kevin More>>


At their recent plenary meeting the Bishops of England and Wales reflected on the tragedy afflicting Syria and Gaza. As one sign of solidarity with the people of the region the bishops asked that the Catholic community mark 4 December as a day of prayer for all those suffering from injustice. That More>>

November 29th, 2012 - OPEN DOORS

"Open Doors" was the central theme which marked the Dedication, Blessing and Official Opening of the redesigned and refurbished Corpus Christi College, Leeds, on the Thursday 22 November 2012. The doors were indeed open from 9am when guests from the Diocese, Local Authority, Governors, More>>

November 22nd, 2012 - DEACON TONY WINN RIP

The Diocese is sad to announce the death of Rev Deacon Anthony Winn.

Deacon Tony had the distinction of being the first "permanent" deacon ordained in England and Wales after the restoration of the diaconate as a distinct order of clergy by Pope Paul VI in 1967, following the  More>>

November 22nd, 2012 - When a Child is Born

To launch their Christmas Appeal, Carol Hill (Director of Catholic Care) visited Our Lady of Lourdes and St Patrick's Catholic Primary Schools in Huddersfield to talk to the pupils, staff and families about the work Catholic Care do in the Diocese.

Speaking at the Children's Celebration More>>


The church of St Walburga on Kirkgate in Shipley, now part of the new parish of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, has enjoyed a year of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of its opening in June, 1962. We discovered during our planning for these events that the church building had More>>

October 1st, 2012 - Diocesan Administrator

Following the departure of Archbishop Arthur to take up his new position in the Holy See the College of Consultors have elected Mgr John Wilson to take up the position of Diocesan Administrator until a new Bishop is appointed.

Mgr Wilson was ordained in July More>>

September 30th, 2012 - Vespers For The Diamond Jubilee

Civic leaders from four Metropolitan Councils joined the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire in the Cathedral for a celebration of Vespers in thanksgiving for the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen. The Lord Lieutenant, Dr. Ingrid Roscoe was joined by Cllr Anne Castle, Lord Mayor of More>>

September 27th, 2012 - Off To Serve The Holy Father

Archbishop Roche took leave of the Diocese of Leeds this morning and set out to Rome in order to take up his new role in the direct service of the Holy Father.  It was announced at the end of June that Pope Benedict had appointed Bishop Roche to the position of Secretary in the Congregation More>>

September 26th, 2012 - Kinharvie Report Back

Around two hundred people came along to the Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford on a miserably wet evening to receive the Kinharvie Institute's report following their review of the "Providing Priests for the People" programme.  The review had been carried out over an More>>

September 25th, 2012 - On This House Your Blessing Lord!

In his last public engagement before heading to Rome to take up his new position in the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, Archbishop Roche, blessed and formally opened two new facilities in Otley. 

In doing so he recalled how previous Parish Priests of Otley More>>

September 22nd, 2012 - A Blessing in the Sunshine

The Catholic and local communities of Ss Peter & Paul, Yeadon came together on Wednesday, 19th September, to witness the official opening and Blessing of the new school building.

The ceremony was conducted by Archbishop Arthur Roche and began outside in the glorious sunshine by the More>>

September 21st, 2012 - A Royal Jubilee

These were the words that Mgr Heskin used to describe the day at St Malachy's school in Halifax. In fact it was the day chosen to celebrate the Diamond anniversary of the opening of the school; Mgr Heskin was there in place of Archbishop Roche because the Archbiship, having been called to Rome More>>

September 2nd, 2012 - Bishop On Canadian TV

  Bishop Roche has just given an in-depth interview to Canadian TV it shows him ( in the words of the introduction ) as ...‘An intelligent, articulate and extremely affable shepherd, Arthur Roche now holds a key position in the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the More>>

July 28th, 2012 - ‘Someone we are...'


These were the words spoken to Michael Doody by Archbishop Roche on the day of his ordination Saturday July 28th in the Cathedral Church of Leeds.

Michael a 31year old former student of St Bede's Bradford and a parishioner of St Walburga, Shipley was the first ordination More>>

July 23rd, 2012 - Best Ever!

  Our 74th Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes ranked among one of the best.  We accomplished everything set out in the Pilgrimage itinerary.


The ‘yellow sea'  of more that 440 young pilgrims - under the encouraging oversight of school and college staff - generously More>>


 Not only is 2012 the year of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, but it also marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of our present church on Kirkgate, Shipley by Bishop Dwyer on June 4th. 1962. St Walburga's is now part of the parish of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, and More>>

July 16th, 2012 - Rev Peter Dawber RIP

It is with great sadness that the Diocese of Leeds announces the death on Saturday 14th July, at the age of sixty-seven, of Fr Peter Dawber, the former Parish Priest of St Stephen's, Skipton.

Fr Dawber studied for the priesthood at Ushaw College and was ordained in his home parish of More>>

July 3rd, 2012 - Become What You Receive

  Tuesday July 3rd,   the feast of St Thomas the Apostle, was chosen this year as the date to celebrate the Mass for the Celebration of Priesthood in the Diocese. This is the day when the Bishop and His priests come together to acknowledge the years of work given to the More>>

July 3rd, 2012 - White Hot Centre

  Sunday July 24th was chosen by the Bishop, this year to hold the hold traditional Corpus Christi procession for the Diocese. Under threatening clouds it started at the Little Sisters Chapel before making its way this year by the back way round to Hinsley Hall. The change in route More>>


  It was announced from Rome today that The Rt Rev Bishop Arthur Roche , the Bishop of Leeds has been has appointed  by the Holy Father  to be the Secretary of the Congregation of Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments in Rome.

He will take up his appointment in the near More>>

June 22nd, 2012 - NEW CANONS

Today on the feast of   St John Fisher & St Thomas More, 22 June 2012 The Bishop made the following announcement:

I am very pleased to inform you that today I have appointed the following priests to the Chapter of Canons and the College of Consultors:


June 22nd, 2012 - Corpus Christi

  The now traditional Corpus Christi procession for the Diocese will take place on Sunday June 24th. It will start from Mount St Joseph's at 2pm and with the Bishop carrying the Blessed Sacrament will make its way to Hinsley Hall. The sermon this year will be given by Fr Peter More>>


  About 80,000 people gathered at Croke Park in Dublin for the concluding Mass (Statio Orbis) of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin on Sunday 17th June. Bishop Roche, three priests and many others from our diocese joined the crowds from all More>>

June 15th, 2012 - True Meaning of Forgiveness

Thousands of pilgrims from around the globe gathered to explore and discuss the true meaning of forgiveness and how we can forgive others in our daily lives at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) on Thursday 14 June 2012 at the RDS Arena, Dublin.

Cardinal Peter More>>

June 14th, 2012 - Priesthood is not personal honour

Priesthood is not to be undertaken purely as a personal honour, Archbishop Dermot Clifford told pilgrims attending Morning Prayer at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) on Wednesday 13 June 2012.

In the words of Pope John Paul II, Archbishop Clifford described More>>

June 13th, 2012 - International Eucharistic Congress Celebrates Marriage and Family Life


Celebrating the value and central role of Communion in marriage and family life in the Church is the central theme of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) today, Tuesday 12 June 2012.

Commencing morning prayer, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Archbishop of St More>>

June 12th, 2012 - Eucharistic Congress

  Ecumenism flourished at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) today with an extensive programme of events on the RDS campus and main arena focusing on the importance of Christian Unity.

The theme of the day was ‘Exploring and Celebrating Our Communion More>>

June 12th, 2012 - Rev Brian Green


Fr Brian Green of the Diocese of Hallam and a former priest of the Diocese of Leeds, died in hospital in Rotherham on Friday, 8th June aged eighty-two. Born in Sheffield on 7th September 1929, in the years after the Second World War he studied for the More>>

June 11th, 2012 - IEC2012 Opens with Colourful Display of Faith and Culture in the Sunshine

  The sun shone on the opening ceremony of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) in Dublin today as it opened with a vibrant colourful parade of International pilgrims from more than 120 countries and the four Archdioceses of Ireland.

A diverse mix of people of More>>

June 6th, 2012 - Prayers For The Queen

Along with all the other Parishes in England and Wales special prayers were said last Sunday for the Queen.

In his monthly Ad Clerum message to his priests, Bishop Roche had written:

‘In March I wrote to the Queen offering her a message of loyalty and congratulations on More>>


Saturday May 26th turned out to be one of those perfect English summer days, as well as being the Vigil of Pentecost. It was a special Day for the Diocese because it is the day that the Bishop invites all those who have entered into the Church for the first time over Easter to come More>>

May 24th, 2012 - Vatican II 50 Years On

This inaugural conference is being hosted by Leeds Trinity University College in conjunction with the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University. The first in a series of conferences to celebrate Catholic Higher Education in the UK.

The fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the More>>

May 5th, 2012 - ‘Proud Of You'

These were some of the words used by Bishop Roche on the morning of Friday May 4th in Leeds Cathedral when Children from 50 of the Diocesan schools gathered to present to the Bishop the money they had collected over Lent for Catholic Care.

The task of devising the liturgy for More>>

April 27th, 2012 - Jesus Needs Priests To Care For His Flock

In a special Pastoral Letter for Vocations Sunda,y Bishop Roche has appealed  to the people of the Diocese to keep up their prayers for Vocations.

The young people he meets across the Diocese have impressed him with their enthusiasm and Faith - these are the people we need to inspire More>>

April 22nd, 2012 - Canon Martin Forde

Father Martin Forde, the Parish Priest of SS. Peter and Paul, Yeadon has died suddenly at the age of seventy. He was born in Co. Galway, Ireland on 29th October 1941. He studied for the priesthood at St Patrick's College, Carlow and ordained at Carlow Cathedral in June 1968. From 1968 until More>>

April 22nd, 2012 - God’s Love Comes To Perfection

The little church of St Wilfrid's, Ripon filled up quickly on the morning of Sunday April 22nd and there was much excitement in the air; the reason for it was not only was the Bishop coming to celebrate the Mass but everyone was all invited to a birthday party - well to THE birthday party even More>>

April 8th, 2012 - Leeds Cathedral Celebrates a Vigil Night

With only the light of the Fire to light and warm the Cathedral - the Bishop opened the celebrations of the Easter Vigil to a full and expectant congregation.

The liturgy of this night is by far the best for explaining the significance and meaning of what is happening as it goes along and also More>>

April 6th, 2012 - A Time of Decision

Well before the afternoon liturgy was to start Leeds Cathedral was full. As usual Good Friday had drawn the people in for the celebration of the remembrance of the Death of The Lord.

The Bishop with the priests processed in silence into the Cathedral to start the Liturgy More>>

April 4th, 2012 - MASS OF CHRISM 2012

As the Wednesday of Holy Week dawned spring had turned back to winter with many parts of the diocese covered in snow. As ever, inclement weather would not stand in the way of a large congregation gathering at the Cathedral for the annual Chrism Mass. They come each year at this time to be part More>>

April 1st, 2012 - PALMS IN THE SUNSHINE

  Despite all the warnings that the Spring was over the sun did in fact shine in Leeds on the Morning of Palm Sunday as the traditional blessing of the Palms took place in the City Centre. This year it was possible for everyone to gather in front of the Town Hall rather than round at  More>>

March 30th, 2012 - BE GREAT FOR GOD !

On a very sunny morning in Moorthorpe with the children of St Joseph's school all in their best attire Bishop Roche gathered with them to celebrate a very special day of celebration. It was 100 years since the school had been opened an event well worth celebrating. One advantage of having the More>>

March 29th, 2012 - Father Hugh Curristan

The Diocese of Middlesbrough is sad to announce that Father Hugh Curristan was called to the Lord on Tuesday, 27 March 2012 in Letterkenny.

Rt Rev Mgr Canon G Dasey Vicar General in Middlesbrough writes:

Hugh was born on 20 May 1925 in Donegal.  He studied for the priesthood at More>>

March 26th, 2012 - Leeds Diocese ‘Gives it Up' for water this Lent

Bishop Arthur joined students from Leeds High schools as they began CAFOD's ‘Walk for Water' on World Water Day, Thursday 22nd March. Gathered in the sunshine at Granary Wharf, the Bishop prayed with the students and blessed them as they set off. He encouraged them by reminding them that More>>

March 26th, 2012 - CAFOD 50th Anniversary Celebration Remembers Archbishop Romero

On Saturday 24th March CAFOD supporters enjoyed an afternoon conference celebrating fifty years of commitment by the Catholic community in England and Wales to overseas aid and development. The speakers explored the spirituality and vision and that have inspired people to be part of CAFOD's More>>

March 22nd, 2012 - Bishop Arthur drops in to Thank Children

  There was an air of excitement at Sacred Heart School in Kirkstall, Leeds when pupils were told of a surprise visitor. The children gave a warm welcome to Bishop Arthur when he visited the school on the morning of Monday 19 March. On arrival, the Bishop joined staff for More>>

March 8th, 2012 - Bishops Conference Lays Down A Marker


In a Pastoral letter read last weekend in all the Churches in England and Wales the Bishops Conference made it quite clear that they have called upon the Catholics to support the Coalition for Marriage online petition. The people were told that the Pastoral Letter was ‘.. a More>>

March 6th, 2012 - Rite of Election And Affirmation

  On February 26th, the First Sunday of Lent, more than four hundred people from thirty two parishes, gathered with Bishop Arthur Roche at Leeds Cathedral Church of St Anne for the Rite of Election and Affirmation.  This liturgical celebration is for two groups of people: More>>


  The Catholic bishops of Ireland offer an invitation to everyone to support in prayer the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, from the 10th to the 17th June, 2012. Fr Peter Kravos is the diocesan delegate, and he is available to assist anyone who wishes to also attend the Congress. More>>

February 27th, 2012 - New Website Launched

  The Care Not Killing Alliance has just redesigned its website:

The website is more interactive, easier to navigate and has More>>

February 27th, 2012 - Faith card distribution in support of home mission

A card to communicate that the carrier is a baptised Catholic is to be distributed to parishes during the coming months as an initiative of the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. One million cards have been More>>

February 24th, 2012 - A Time Of Healing

The Leeds Cathedral was more full than usual for the early evening Mass on
Wednesday, February 22nd as the Season of Lent was started with the blessing and distribution of Ashes.

Bishop Roche with a number of his priests gathered around him was there to celebrate the liturgy and More>>

February 20th, 2012 - Bishop Roche calls for people to listen this Lent

  Bishop Roche in a Pastoral letter read in all the Churches in the Diocese on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday called for people to listen again to God's call ‘.....Let us listen to that call. Let us bring sacrifice more to the centre of our lives and strive to be less self-centred. More>>

February 16th, 2012 - Catholics


Filmed over six months and with extraordinary access, 'Catholics' is a new three-part series directed by award-winning documentary film-maker Richard Alwyn about being Catholic in Britain today. The three films - one about men, one about women, one about children - offer an insight into More>>

February 16th, 2012 - Taize

Fifteen school groups from  England and Wales have decided to visit a French religious community this July.

The Taize Community, in Burgundy,  south-eastern France, welcomes young people from various Christian denominations, and none, who want to spend a week living as part of More>>

February 16th, 2012 - Rev Michael Killeen RIP

  Fr Michael Killeen was born in Leeds on 11th June 1921. He was educated at St Michael's College, Leeds and studied for the priesthood at the Venerable English College. His training began in Rome but with the outbreak of the Second World War the college was evacuated to Stonyhurst More>>

February 11th, 2012 - Changes Proposed For The Craven Area

Bishop Arthur has written to the parishioners of St. Stephen's, Skipton, Sacred Heart, Broughton and St. Joseph's, Barnoldswick to propose a number of changes to the parish structures as one of their local priests retires.  A period of consultation has begun on these proposals which will More>>

February 4th, 2012 - Mass for Married Couples Celebrating Anniversaries

You Are Special People….

Saturday February 4th was a special day for the Diocese, as people from across the Diocese gathered around the Bishop in the Cathedral to celebrate in a public way the blessings of marriage. The Bishop welcomed everyone to the celebration and thanked them More>>

January 3rd, 2012 - Papal Honour at Christmastime

On the day before Christmas Eve, Bishop Roche presented Mr Ed Anderson with the Insignia of a Knight of St Gregory in a ceremony held in the chapel at Bishop's House in Leeds. Mr Anderson's Papal Knighthood has been awarded by Pope Benedict XVI in recognition of his services to Catholic More>>

December 29th, 2011 - ‘We are called upon to be Christ-bearers'

In a Pastoral letter to be read in all the churches of the Diocese on the Solemnity of Mary the Holy Mother of God, Bishop Roche points out not only the central role of Mary the Mother of God in Our Faith, but also the calling and lead this gives to all Christians in their vocation of living More>>

December 26th, 2011 - The Power Of God's Love

Leeds Cathedral was already full by 11pm on Christmas Eve night as people made sure of a place for the Solemn Mass of the Nativity of the Lord which was preceded by Carols and Readings, but that did not stop even more arriving to fill up all the Chapels in the Cathedral and leave a lot of More>>

December 21st, 2011 - A Christmas Thought

Despite the hustle and bustle of the crowds at this time of year, walking along city centre streets has a homely feel to it. The bright lights, the strains of Christmas music along the pavements, the jocular banter of partying groups add to the cheer. The shops look inviting. Their open doors and More>>

December 17th, 2011 - Father Matt Dwyer.

Fr Matt Dwyer was born on 28 November 1925. He was a native of County Limerick in Ireland, and hailed from the village of Caherconlish.

After leaving school he worked for a number of years for the national airline, Aer Lingus, but in his mid-twenties he offered himself for the priesthood More>>

November 29th, 2011 - Life is ..........a gift ...a gift to be chosen

Bishop Roche in his Pastoral Letter for Advent calls on his people to be on guard ....stay awake... because they do not know when the time will come. He reminds them that the mystery of life is endowed with.... dignity and beauty;  - . Life is not a given right, but a gift and one that leads More>>

November 22nd, 2011 - New Missals published

From the First Sunday of Advent, 27 November 2011, all prayers at Mass will be from the new translation of the Missal. In addition to the Order of Mass which has been in use by priests and people since September, prayers for the specific day (Collect, Prayer over the Offerings and More>>

November 11th, 2011 - Our Lady of Kirkstall - Parish of Sanctuary

  Saturday October 8th has been designated as the Patronal Feast Day of the Parish of Our Lady of Kirkstall, established by Bishop Arthur on the Feast of the Assumption (August 15th) 2010.


The Feast was celebrated this year by a special event in the More>>


Wheeler Hall was the venue for the annual Leeds Catholic History Day held on Saturday, 22nd October 2011. Organised by the Diocesan Archives the meeting attracted an audience drawn from various parts of the diocese and further afield.

The day began with a paper given by Mgr More>>

October 22nd, 2011 - DO NOT BE AFRAID

The Cathedral Church of St Anne in Leeds was full for a very special celebration on Saturday October 22nd. Bishop Roche had invited the Polish community from The Diocese to join him on this first Feast Day of Blessed Pope John Paul II. Along with their Priests and the Vice Consol from More>>

October 21st, 2011 - Bishop Roche presents Pope Benedict XVI with a special edition of the new Roman Missal

On 19 October Bishop Arthur Roche, Bishop of Leeds, presented the Holy Father with a special white edition of the new Roman Missal. Bishop Roche is Chairman of the International Commission for English in the Liturgy (ICEL), and Chairman of the Bishops' Conference Department for Christian Life More>>

October 19th, 2011 - Bishops respond to the Care Quality Commission Report

  The Bishops of England and Wales today stated that the Care Quality Commission's report into the care of older people requires values, compassion and an ethos of service to be put back at the heart of health and social care services for older people.

Archbishop Peter Smith said More>>

October 19th, 2011 - PRAYER FOR PEACE


On January 1st, Pope Benedict XVI called for an event to commemorate the first day of Prayer for Peace in October 1986, hosted by Pope John Paul II. The event, which stands under the motto of "pilgrims of truth, pilgrims of peace", and will see Benedict XVI More>>


  When Bishop Arthur arrived at St Cuthbert and First Martyrs School in Bradford - there waiting for him at the door were pupils from not one but two schools.

Lister School and St Cuthbert's and First Martyrs are joined as one building - but are two schools. Lister is a community school St More>>

October 14th, 2011 - HAVE YOU MADE GOD DANCE TODAY

  Two young students from St Joseph's Primary School in Bradford welcomed the Bishop on Friday October 14th and took him on a tour of what must be the most unique school in the Diocese - from a vast Hall through endless corridors to a playground on the roof - all reflecting the More>>

October 13th, 2011 - ‘Beyond the comfort zone: Christians and Muslims face the challenge of suspicion

  ‘Arranged by Churches Together in England and the Christian Muslim Forum the meeting took place at Hinsley Hall bringing together Christians of various traditions who were joined by Muslims in the afternoon. The title of the day was: Christian Engagement with Islam: context and More>>


Over the past twelve months the education department of the Diocese has been celebrating the Year of Education. So on Thursday, October 6th the Bishop celebrated Mass for all the Headteachers from across the Diocese to bring the Year to a fitting close. He chose to celebrate a votive Mass More>>

October 7th, 2011 - RAIN HOLDS OFF

Monday, October 3rd, was the day chosen to hold the Torchlight procession in Batley this year. As people from across the Diocese and beyond gathered outside the Town Hall it started to look as if  all the good weather that everyone had enjoyed had come to an end and the rain was More>>

October 5th, 2011 - A NEW FOUNDATION

Bishop Roche found himself in St Wilfrid's School, Ripon, on the morning of Wednesday October 5th. He had been invited along by the school to officially open the New Foundation Buildings for the School. Up to this year the ‘Early Years' or Nursery part of the school had been housed More>>


On what might prove to be the last Sunny day of the late summer of 2011 Bishop Roche arrived at St Francis School in Bradford to pay them a visit. He was met at the door of the school by four very competent young people who were to be his hosts for the morning. Also waiting to greet him were the More>>

September 29th, 2011 - First For Bingley

On Thursday, 29th September, the children staff and governors of St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Bingley were delighted to play host to Bishop Arthur Roche. This was the first visit of the New School Year that the Bishop had undertaken.  The bishop was greeted by Niamh Durkin More>>

September 21st, 2011 - ‘let God's house be rebuilt in this place'

Tuesday, September 20th, was chosen as the day to officially recognise the new Parish of St Jeanne Jugan in Leeds and to bless the Statue of St Jeanne Jugan, that the Little Sisters of the Poor had donated to the Parish.

The new Parish came about in the reordering of Parishes in More>>

September 20th, 2011 - New Missal formally presented

The first of the new Roman Missals, containing the new English translation of the Mass, was presented to the Archbishop of Westminster, Most Rev. Vincent Nichols, on Sunday, 18thSeptember 2011.

The occasion was a Mass of thanksgiving held at Westminster Cathedral for the first anniversary More>>

September 19th, 2011 - Mgr Andrew Celebrates 25 Years of Ministry

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor made a first visit to the Yorkshire Dales on 7 September 2011 to join Bishop David and parishioners of St Stephen's, Skipton and St Margaret Clitherow, Threshfield, for Mass and a reception to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Mgr Andrew Summersgill.

Although it was More>>

September 6th, 2011 - Is This For You?

  Throughout the last week of July the Sisters of the Cross and Passion held their Chapter meeting at Leeds Trinity College University   and on Friday 29th July, they  launched their ‘Passionist International Volunteer Project' [PIVP ]. The Sisters are looking More>>

August 22nd, 2011 - Canon Hugh Barr RIP

People from many corners of the diocese will be saddened at the news of Canon Hugh Barr's death on Friday, 19th. August.  He had been battling with a number of serious complaints for some time and died peacefully in hospital.  He will be fondly remembered in several More>>

August 9th, 2011 - PACKING TO SEE THE POPE!

With less than 24 hours to go, young people from the Diocese of Leeds are frantically packing their bags and completing their last minute shopping, but where are they going?

You may remember that when Pope Benedict XVI came to England last year, whenever he spoke to young people he More>>

July 20th, 2011 - Bishop Roche on the New Translation of the Roman Missal

The countdown to the full introduction of the New Roman Missal has begun - this is when parishes in England and Wales will begin to use the new translation of the Roman Missal to celebrate Mass.

Bishop Arthur Roche, Bishop of Leeds, has been at the heart of the preparations as Chairman of More>>

July 18th, 2011 - Taize Weeks for UK Schools

Five coaches of school students from England travelled to the the Taizé Community in France in mid-July.

It was a pilot week for Taize's "School Weeks" in July 2012, a new initiative for young people in the UK. Taizé is the international and ecumenical monastic community More>>

July 18th, 2011 - Meeting God in Friend and Stranger at St. Wilfrid's


The new document on inter-religious dialogue was fully embraced by the RE Department at St. Wilfrid's Catholic High School and Sixth Form College, Featherstone, during ‘Activities Week' in July.

Pupils in Year 7 to 9 became "Inter-religious Navigators" as they More>>

July 13th, 2011 - 50 Not Out – A Legacy for the Future

On a beautiful July morning the community of All Saints Catholic College, Huddersfield came together to celebrate fifty years of Catholic education on the Bradley Bar site. Miss Anita Bodurka, headteacher welcomed all those gathered and said that the school was More>>

July 12th, 2011 - Bishop Evans Dies

Bishop Michael Evans, Bishop of East Anglia, a Leeds United supporter from his childhood, died peacefully on 11th July at the age of 59. Six years ago he was diagnosed with advanced and aggressive prostate cancer, and continued his ministry throughout his treatment. Although his More>>

July 11th, 2011 - Remembering a European Saint

Over 500 people made the journey from all over the Diocese and beyond to celebrate along with Bishop Roche the Feast of St Benedict at Fountains Abbey on his feast day Monday, July 11th.

Along with a special group who had made the journey from Scunthorpe in the Nottingham More>>

July 11th, 2011 - A thousand People Celebrate New Parish

At least a thousand people flocked to the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds, on Sunday July 10th to celebrate a years work of forming their New Parish. Over the last year three Parishes in Leeds, Holy Name, Assumption and St Mary's, Horsforth, have been working together to become one More>>

July 8th, 2011 - Unbelievable!!

Corpus Christi pupils raised just short of £10,000 during Lent this year for good causes and had great fun doing it.  With Y8 having a fancy dress egg and spoon championship, Y11 a fancy dress sponsored walk and a host of other great fundraising activities including sponsored silences More>>

July 4th, 2011 - Keeping their Promise

  Confirmed by Bishop Arthur at St Joseph's Keighley on 21 June 2011, five young people of St Stephen's, Skipton kept an undertaking to serve their Parish community by tidying the Parish graveyard and cleaning up one of the grottoes in the grounds of the Church.

Pictured here (l to r) More>>

July 4th, 2011 - English and Scottish Bishops urge support for Sea Sunday

  The Bishop of Menevia and the Bishop of Aberdeen have issued their joint message for Sea Sunday on 10th July urging all to support the vital work of the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS).

In their message, Bishop of Menevia Tom Burns and Bishop Peter Moran of More>>

June 30th, 2011 - Four New Monsignors Appointed

Pope Benedict has appointed four new Monsignors in the Diocese as Chaplains Of His Holiness.

Three of them are Episcopal Vicars and the fourth is the Vocations Director; Bishop Roche said he was glad that they had been marked out in this way because of the Public roles they fulfil. More>>


The rain stopped in time for this year’s Corpus Christi Procession which took place on Sunday 19th June, beginning in the chapel at Mount St Joseph’s Home and concluding at More>>

June 24th, 2011 - Truly God Was In This Place

Friday June 24 was chosen this year for the Mass of ‘Celebration Of Priesthood’. As is now the custom this was celebrated at the Cathedral in Leeds with just under a hundred priests More>>

June 23rd, 2011 - Pupils from St. Mary’s, Horsforth take centre stage at Leeds Refugee Week Celebration

Tuesday night saw a unique event take place in Leeds Civic Hall. Refugees, city councillors, journalists, artists and school children from across the city all came together to celebrate Refugee Week. Each year, Refugee Week is the opportunity to look at the contribution of people who have come More>>

June 22nd, 2011 - Fifty Years, Fifty Miles, Fifty Students

Bishop Arthur Joins Pilgrimage of Solidarity

Students from Leeds Catholic High More>>

June 17th, 2011 - A Hundred Years Of Caring

  Friday June 17th was the day chosen by Catholic Care to celebrate their Hundred years of caring. As usual Leeds Cathedral was full with children from the four corners of the Diocese all excitedly awaiting the arrival of the Bishop. On the stroke of ten o'clock he arrived and More>>

June 16th, 2011 - A Man 4 God

15th June 1986 was a very special day in the life of Fr Ian Smith -  it was the day of his ordination - so 25 years later his friends, his Bishops and his co-workers gathered around him at St Patrick's Church in Huddersfield to give thanks for the day and to celebrate the years of service More>>

June 15th, 2011 - Three more deacons on the way

  Saturday June 11th saw three more men from the Diocese take a further step along the road to achieving their ambitions to become Deacons.

The three candidates were Martin Cawley of SS John Fisher & Thomas More, Burley-in-Wharfedale, John Walsh of St Marie's Halifax and More>>

June 13th, 2011 - Mummy What is That?

These were the words that Fr John Wilson opened his homily with on the Vigil of Pentecost at the Cathedral in Leeds.

This is the Mass that the Bishop invites all those who had been baptised/received into the Church to attend so that he can bring to an end the first part of their journey in Faith More>>

June 9th, 2011 - A Glorious Celebration

  The glorious weather of a summer evening enhanced the Dewsbury Deanery Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation which took place on Wednesday 1st June at the Church of Our Lady and St. Paul of the Cross, Cleckheaton. Supported by their sponsors, and surrounded by family and friends, More>>

June 9th, 2011 - Foundations in Faith Celebrations 2011

On Thursday, May 19th, there was a presentation evening at Hinsley Hall for those who had participated in the new diocesan Foundations in Faith course which includes the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS).  Eight members of the group attended the evening and were More>>

May 15th, 2011 - Farewell to friends and Helpers

The Annual Diocesan Lourdes Mass took place in Leeds Cathedral on Saturday, May 14th this year. Unfortunately, the Bishop was not able to be present since he had to be in Rome for the visitation of the Seminaries there. However, Mgr Michael McQuinn was asked by the Bishop to stand in and More>>

May 15th, 2011 - Vocations Sunday

As is traditional on Vocations Sunday, Bishop Roche wrote a Pastoral letter to be read in all the churches throughout the Diocese. This year he explained how ‘Two weeks ago I had the great privilege of attending the Mass at St Peter's in Rome for the beatification of Pope John Paul II. In More>>

April 26th, 2011 - Catholic Care Disappointed

Catholic Care, has spent more than two years arguing it will have to give up its work finding homes for children if it has to comply with recent equality regulations which prohibit discrimination against same-sex couples wanting to adopt.

The complex legal debate ended up in the High More>>

April 24th, 2011 - Light Dispels The Darkness

As the City of Leeds swung into action for its night life, as clubs and pubs filled up and emergency sirens wailed, Leeds Cathedral was plunged into darkness as people gathered for the celebration of the Vigil to Easter. With only the flickering ‘New Fire' of Easter giving any light Bishop More>>

April 24th, 2011 - Alleluia He Is Risen!

With Easter already dawned it might have been expected that the numbers attending the 11am Eucharist at the Cathedral would be slightly less - this was not the case this year! The Cathedral was soon full and people stood down both aisles as well as three deep at the back.

Easter Day is, of More>>

April 22nd, 2011 - Bishop Washes The Feet Of His People

In contrast to the Mass the night before, for the blessing of the Holy Oils, the Cathedral  on  this the first night of the Triduum while it was full and people were standing, there was in fact room for everyone to sit had they so chosen. The Bishop in his opening remarks reminded More>>

April 22nd, 2011 - Bishop Prostrates in Prayer with his People

The Bishop, accompanied by his ministers, made his entry into a silent Cathedral, full  to standing room only  for the Solemn Liturgy of The Lord's Passion. As is now customary the Priests, Brothers and Sisters of Renewal were part of the accompanying group. As is also now the custom More>>


In any diocese one of the highlights of Holy Week is the annual Chrism Mass, during which the priests, deacons, religious and representatives of the entire diocesan community gather around their More>>

April 20th, 2011 - Pope Benedict Appoints Right Reverend George Stack as new Archbishop of Cardiff

Pope Benedict XVI has today appointed Bishop George Stack as the seventh Archbishop of Cardiff.

The date of installation as Archbishop of Cardiff will confirmed shortly. The Right Reverend George Stack, currently Auxiliary Bishop in Westminster, will succeed Archbishop Peter Smith, who More>>

April 16th, 2011 - Bishop Leads his people in public blessing of Palms

After a week when the Christian community in Leeds has found itself under attack from an ill chosen poster on full public display at the West Yorkshire Play House there was a larger gathering than usual for the now traditional joint blessing of the palms and procession through Leeds City Centre to More>>

April 7th, 2011 - Blessing Of A Very Special Garden

Osmondthorpe Resource Centre welcomed Bishop Arthur Roche to officially open their new sensory garden, on Friday, March 25th, in bright sunshine.

The Bishop was welcomed by Julie Hewson chairperson of United Voices and her colleagues John Perman and Steven Greenall. The Bishop formerly More>>


It all began more than a hundred and thirty years ago when the Canons of the Cathedral Chapter met for the first time following the creation of the Leeds diocese in 1878. The present Chapter  did so again on Wednesday 23rd March and on this occasion their meeting was a special More>>


It was the last day of the month and also the final pay day for David Damant, the Diocesan Property Administrator for the past twenty-three years. To mark his retirement on March 31st David hosted a farewell lunch at the Curial Offices attended by his colleagues, past and present. He joined the More>>

April 1st, 2011 - Induction and Planning for the Future

Mgr Andrew Summersgill was inducted as Parish Priest of St Stephen's Skipton on Shrove Tuesday by the local Dean, Fr Malachy Larkin. He was welcomed by Florence Begley and Peter Vetch, Chairs of the Pastoral Councils of St Stephens and St Margaret Clitherows in Threshfield and by Canon Adrian More>>

April 1st, 2011 - ‘What A Wonderful Morning!

Thursday, March 31st , Bishop Arthur visited St. Anthony's Catholic Primary, Clayton and what a wonderful morning it was. He was welcomed by children from reception and year 6 who gave him a card with signatures from all our children and then he was guided around the school. His first More>>

March 31st, 2011 - Tales From Peru

  Pupils from St Matthew's Catholic Primary School in Allerton, Bradford shared their knowledge of South America with Bishop Arthur when he visited the school on Thursday 24th March. Bishop Arthur looked at colourful displays and children's work on different countries and shared More>>

March 31st, 2011 - Bishop's Visit is a Blessing!

  St Anthony's Catholic Primary School ,Shipley were delighted to welcome Bishop Arthur  to their school on Tuesday 22 March 2011.The sun shone brightly as he arrived and he enjoyed the elevated position of the school and the wonderful views of Bailden and Ilkley.

He was presented with More>>

March 29th, 2011 - Pray for people of Libya

Press Statement by Rt Rev Richard Moth, Bishop of the Forces


The recent decision to enforce a no-fly zone over the country in order to protect the people of Libya sent a strong and clear message to the international community as a whole. Such action More>>

March 29th, 2011 - Bishop Marks His Visit With A Prayer Book

On Tuesday, 22nd March, St Walburga's Catholic Primary School, Shipley, were delighted to welcome Bishop Arthur to their school. A welcoming party of Fr Barr (Parish Priest), Mr Moor (Chair of Governors) , Mrs Connor (Headteacher) and the six members of the RE Council greeted Bishop More>>

March 24th, 2011 - A Special Visitor From Home

The Eritrean community who meet at the Holy Rosary Church in Leeds welcomed a special visitor recently.  Bishop Menghisteab Tesfamariam, the Bishop of Asmara in Eritrea, made a visit to the United Kingdom and called on the Eritrean community on the First Sunday of Lent.  The Bishop More>>

March 14th, 2011 - Cardinal Offers a Vision of Christian Hope for the World's Poor

  Bishop Arthur gave a very warm welcome to His Eminence Peter, Cardinal Turkson  when he visited Leeds  on Friday 11th March. The Cardinal, who is President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, was in the UK at the invitation of CAFOD and Durham University, More>>

March 10th, 2011 - Praying for the most vulnerable:

On Ash Wednesday, March 9th,  Senior Church Leaders, in West Yorkshire, issued a joint Prayer for the most vulnerable people in society who will suffer in the cutbacks in public spending. It was a united expression of Christian responsibility for people in greatest More>>

March 10th, 2011 - Lent Starts

The Cathedral Church of St Anne, Leeds, was full for the start of Lent again this year. As is the custom in the Diocese Bishop Roche was the main celebrant at the Mass that sees the start of the Lenten Season, and is also the custom in the Diocese the Cathedral was full as people start the great More>>

March 7th, 2011 - ‘Harden not your hearts'

Bishop Roche in his pastoral letter for this Lent urges people to be aware of the power of sin in their lives. Lent he says is a time for choice and God is setting before us a choice - ‘I encourage all of us, without exception, to face the hardness and resistance there is within us during More>>

February 15th, 2011 - EDUCATION SUNDAY

  Bishop Malcolm McMahon OP, Chairman of  Catholic Education Service England and Wales writes:

On Sunday 20 February, along with other Christian churches in England and Wales, we mark Education Sunday. As the Bishop with special responsibility for Education I am More>>

February 10th, 2011 - Bishop's St Columba's Primary School, Bradford

Pupils, parents and staff were delighted to welcome Bishop Arthur to St Columba's School recently. Tiegan Rothera and Matthew Mroz, two Year 6 pupils, greeted him at the door and took him to meet the parents and toddlers who were holding their weekly meeting that day. The Bishop spoke to every More>>

February 8th, 2011 - Bishop visits school for the first time.

   Bishop  Roche, visited St. Mary's and St. Peter's Primary School on 3rd February 2011 between. He was given a guided tour. Then he visited the classes and gave quite humorous talks on all subjects.  Bishop Arthur came specifically because he had never been More>>

February 7th, 2011 - Visitation, St John's Primary School, Bradford

 The children and staff of St John the Evangelist Catholic Primary School in Bradford were delighted to welcome Bishop Arthur to their school on Thursday 27th January. The Bishop was welcomed by the head teacher, Mrs Kath More>>

February 4th, 2011 - A FIRST FOR THE DIOFCESE

Bishop Roche will welcome HE Cardinal Peter Turkson to the Diocese on Friday, March 11th, when he gives an Address at Wheeler Hall, at 6pm,  titled ‘The Gospel of Justice & the Global Economic Crisis.' Cardinal Turkson is the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice More>>

February 2nd, 2011 - Bishop Arthur In Bradford

St. Winefride’s Catholic Primary School in Bradford were thrilled to welcome Bishop Arthur on a visit to their school. The Head Girl and Head Boy, (Cara and James), presented him with gifts from the children which included a Spiritual Bouquet. Bishop Arthur reciprocated with a special card More>>

January 28th, 2011 - JETS BRING THE CAKE

At long last after two and a half years of work St Joseph's Catholic School, in Goole, was able to invite Bishop Roche to come and officially bless the completed work on the school.

Over this period the school has been reshaped, turned round, refurnished and refurbished. In all somewhere around More>>

January 1st, 2011 - Bishop Arthur's New Year Pastoral

Most unusually the Feast of the Epiphany was celebrated at the Sunday Masses for the New Year weekend (1st and 2nd January).  Bishop Arthur issued a Pastoral Letter at the start of the new year which focused on the journey made by the Magi and their searching for God's great More>>

December 23rd, 2010 - Funeral Arrangements For Fr. Edward Horkin RIP

One of the oldest priests in the diocese, Fr.  Edward Horkin, died in the early hours of Thursday morning (23rd. December) at his home in Pudsey.  May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
Fr Horkin was born in the United States on 7 November More>>

December 16th, 2010 - Bishop Roche On Port Visit

  Bishop Roche, visited the port of Immingham on Tuesday. He went primarily on a pastoral visit to Fr Colum Kelly, Immingham Port Chaplain, who is a priest of  our Diocese.

During the visit, Bishop Arthur celebrated Mass on board the Faneromeni and distributed Christmas presents to the More>>

December 13th, 2010 - Carols For 100 Years

Catholic Care's Carol Service this year in the presence of the Bishop commemorated 100 years of their work in the Diocese, a fact reflected on both by the Bishop in his Homily and by Sharon Forbes, one of the service managers, in her reflection during the service.

A brave young man from More>>

December 2nd, 2010 - Pope Greets Baghdad Cathedral Attack Victims

 VATICAN CITY, DEC. 1, 2010 ( Benedict XVI met privately today with a group of Iraqis who were wounded in the Oct. 31 massacre in Baghdad's Syrian Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. More>>

December 1st, 2010 - Bishop drops in for ‘CUPPA'

  Bishop Roche was out and about in Sowerby Bridge recently as part of his Diocesan Visitation and after such a long trip out to the Valleys he was glad of the chance of a cup of tea. The pupils of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School were delighted to welcome the Bishop Class 3's 'Community More>>

November 27th, 2010 - Bishop's Arthur's Homily At Mass For All Nascent Life

At the request of Pope Benedict an afternoon vigil was held at Leeds Cathedral on Saturday 27th. November.  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament was held throughout the afternoon and Life Groups from differnt parishes led prayers that the dignity of all nascent human life may be More>>

November 27th, 2010 - Bishop Arthur Issues Call To Holiness

Bishop Arthur has written to all the parishes in the diocese issuing a call to renewal and holiness at the start of the new season of Advent. 

In his letter he recalled the words of Pope Benedict duirng his recent visit that we are all called to love and sanctity.  He has More>>

November 23rd, 2010 - Vigil for All Nascent Human Life

  On Saturday 27 November 2010 our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI will keep a Vigil for all Nascent Human Life in Saint Pater's Basilica, Rome.  He has invited the Bishops to join him in this vigil.  In response to this invitation, there will be a vigil at Leeds Cathedral on More>>


Friday November 17th was the day chosen this year to celebrate the Mass for past Priests of the Diocese of Leeds.

The main concelebrant was the Bishop Emeritus David Konstant, who stood in for Bishop Roche. There was a good turn out of Priests and people for the occasion and the More>>


The following is a  message from Archbishop Emeritus of Southwark, Kevin McDonald, Chair of the Bishops' Conference Committee for Relations with Other Religions to accompany the greetings from the Holy See to Hindu communities:   "It is my pleasure and More>>


The children and staff of St Mary's school, which was originally founded in 1846, enjoyed a special afternoon with Bishop Arthur as part of his current round of school and parish visits in and around Halifax. Bishop Arthur spent a great deal of time talking to the children and finding out about the More>>

November 5th, 2010 - GENEROUS HELP FOR HEROES

 Catholic Women's League National Conference and Annual General Meeting took place this year in Southport nearly 600 members and guests were in attendance, from all the regions of the country. Our retiring National President opened the weekend, with an insight into the work undertaken by Feet More>>

November 4th, 2010 - How Fortunate You Are

  Sunday October 31st was the date chosen by the Parish of St Patrick, Elland, to celebrate its Golden Jubilee and to remember the Golden Jubilee of its present Parish Priest Fr Sean Leonard. A gem of a sixties Church, as it is, sitting in rather Northern surroundings; it was More>>

November 2nd, 2010 - The Idea of a University

Trinity University College, Leeds, yet again laid on a fitting celebration for its feast day on Monday November1st.

This year the congregation was joined by two school choirs and children from a number of other schools from across the Diocese as well as the Deputy Lord Mayor and his More>>

October 28th, 2010 - Vigil Of Prayer


Vigil of Prayer for all Nascent Human Life

Mass at Noon

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from the end of Mass Rosary for Life in the presence of the Icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe

1.3Opm; 2.3Opm; 3.3Opm; 4.3Opm.

Benediction 5.3Opm More>>

October 26th, 2010 - Reverend Anthony Wilkinson R.I.P.

 The Diocese is sad to announce that  Father Anthony Wilkinson died at 11.45am today ( Tuesday October 26th ) at St James' Hospital, Leeds. 

Born on 15 February 1931, Father Wilkinson studied for the priesthood at St Cuthbert's College, Ushaw before being More>>

October 19th, 2010 - Bishop Launches - 101 days of Prayer for Peace in Sudan

 Leeds diocese was privileged to welcome Bishop Rudolph Deng, Diocese of Wau, Sudan for a week-end visit 16th -18th October. Bishop Rudolph is in the UK, together with his fellow Bishop Eduardo, to seek support for a free, fair and peaceful referendum on the status of More>>

October 19th, 2010 - ‘A Church Arm in Arm with the Poor'

 Inspired by Archbishop Romero, who witnessed so clearly how the Church is called to defend life, work alongside the poor and speak truth about reality, the aim of the conference was to explore how the Church in our diocese is called to live out the gospel in the reality of our world today. More>>

October 15th, 2010 - Bishop Visits St Patrick’s School

  The pupils and staff at St Patrick's, Elland,  were delighted to receive a visit from Bishop Roche, yesterday (13th October). He visited each class and spoke with the children about The Pope's visit.  He presented each class with a signed photograph of The Pope and led More>>

October 12th, 2010 - ‘A Church Arm in Arm with the Poor'

  Inspired by Archbishop Romero, who witnessed so clearly how the Church is called to defend life, work alongside the poor and speak truth about reality, the aim of the conference was to explore how the Church in our diocese is called to live out the gospel in the reality of our world today. More>>

October 11th, 2010 - Pray for Your Family

  The evening of Monday 4th October saw people of the diocese and beyond gather in Batley to witness their faith in the annual torchlight procession. As they awaited the arrival of the Bishop to lead the procession those present met up with old friends and the atmosphere grew as the More>>

October 11th, 2010 - A Blessing for St Wilfrid's

The morning of Wednesday 6th October saw the school community of St Wilfrid's Catholic High School, Featherstone in a state of anticipation as they awaited a special visit from Bishop Arthur.  The Bishop had agreed to come and look round the school and to culminate the visit with More>>

October 9th, 2010 - USHAW COLLEGE TO CLOSE

  The trustees of Ushaw College have announced a proposal today that pending consultation with College employees and the Charity Commission that Ushaw College will be closed.

The 200-year old Roman Catholic college is home to St Cuthbert's Seminary which has been forming young men for the More>>

October 9th, 2010 - (Indeed) A Man Of Our Own Day

  Saturday October 9th was the day that many people in England had waited a long time for. This was the first time the Feast of Blessed John Henry Newman could be celebrated and so soon after Pope Benedict had declared him Blessed at the Mass in Birmingham.

To mark the occasion More>>

October 6th, 2010 - A HUNDRED YEARS OF SERVICE

Ripon Cathedral was the place chosen by the Leeds Branch of the Catholic Women's League to hold their second celebration for their Mass of Thanksgiving.

The Rt Rev Peter Doyle Bishop of Northampton was the main concelebrant along with Canon Paul Moxon, Mgr Bill Steele and Fr Ian Smith. Canon More>>

September 29th, 2010 - The Meeting of Safeguarding Professionals with the Holy Father

   Bill Kilgallon - Chair of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) met with the Holy Father when he was here.Afterwards in an interview he explained what happened. ‘When we knew that the Pope was visiting England and Wales, we suggested to him More>>

September 23rd, 2010 - Reflections On A Journey

  Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As you know, I have just returned from my first More>>


VATICAN CITY, 2010 (VIS) - Yesterday at 4.45 p.m. the Holy Father met
with the Catholic bishops of England, Wales and Scotland in the chapel of
Oscott College in Birmingham.

  In his address to the group the Pope recalled how, during the recent "ad


  VATICAN CITY,  (VIS) - At 6.15 p.m. yesterday evening Pope  Benedict XVI arrived at Birmingham airport where the departure ceremony took place at the end of his apostolic trip to the UK. Following some words from David Cameron, prime
minister of the United Kingdom, the Holy More>>


VATICAN CITY,  2010 (VIS) - Benedict XVI left the apostolic nunciature
in London this morning and, at 8.30 a.m., boarded a helicopter which took
him to Birmingham for the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman.

  John Henry Newman, one of the great More>>

September 19th, 2010 - Papal Visit Legacy

  Every Catholic parish in England and Wales will receive an image and candle blessed by the Pope to support them in their ongoing journey of faith.

As a legacy of Pope Benedict XVI's visit, 3000 copies of the Pre-Raphaelite painter William Holman Hunt's, ‘Light of the World' More>>


At 3.40 p.m. yesterday  the Holy Father
travelled by car to Lambeth Palace in London, the official residence of the
archbishop of More>>


At 7 p.m. yesterday  the Pope arrived at
Westminster Abbey in London where he participated in an ecumenical
celebration of Vespers. More>>



VATICAN CITY, 18 SEP 2010 (VIS) - In the archbishop of Westminster's palace
this morning, before today's Eucharistic More>>

September 17th, 2010 - A MEETING WITH THE RELIGIOUS

This morning the Holy Father travelled
twelve kilometres by car from the More>>

September 17th, 2010 - 4,000 GREET THE POPE

At the end of his meeting with religious
in the chapel of St. Mary's More>>

September 15th, 2010 - Father William Burtoft , Canon John Kelly

The Diocese is sad to announce the deaths of Father William Burtoft on last evening, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross and of Canon John Kelly in the early hours of this morning (Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows).

Father William More>>

September 13th, 2010 - 3 days to go until Pope Benedict XVI visits England and Scotland

  Welcome to our weekly update on Pope Benedict's visit to the UK, from the desk of the Papal Visit Coordinator Mgr Andrew Summersgill.

We released this week the more precise timings about the popemobile routes, can you tell us about those?

Monsignor Andrew More>>

September 11th, 2010 - Bishop Arthur Asks For Prayers For Success Of Pope's

The weekend before Pope Benedict comes to Great Britain, Bishop Arthur has written a pastoral letter setting the scene for the papal visit.  In his letter he contrasts the differing climate of Pope John Paul's visit in 1982 with the that of 2010.  The sense of great joy experienced in More>>

September 10th, 2010 - RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY

Racial Justice Sunday is celebrated by the Churches in Britain and Ireland on the second Sunday in September each year.  On Sunday 12 September 2010, Christians across the four nations will celebrate Racial Justice Sunday with focus on the theme of   "Migration' Building More>>

September 9th, 2010 - HOME MISSION

The Catholic bishop who is responsible for the support of Home Mission in England and Wales has affirmed the right of people to openly share their beliefs.

Bishop Kieran Conry, is Chair of the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis for the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. More>>


 VATICAN CITY, 8 SEP 2010 (VIS) - During today's general audience, Benedict
XVI read an English-language message for his forthcoming visit to the United
Kingdom, due to take place from 16 to 19 September.

  "I am very much looking forward to my visit to the More>>

September 7th, 2010 - V&A Shows Raphael Cartoons and Tapestries from the Sistine Chapel

  The V&A has announced that four of the ten tapestries designed by Raphael for the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City will go on show in September 2010. These are the original tapestries from the only series designed by Raphael of which examples survive, and are comparable with More>>

September 7th, 2010 - Where You Can See The Pope

At certain times during his visit to the UK the Holy Father will be travelling in the popemobile, details of the journeys are below:

Thursday 16 September, Edinburgh

At around 12.30pm the Pope will travel in the popemobile from Holyrood Palace along Abbeyhill, More>>

August 25th, 2010 - Magnificat

A million copies of the ‘Magnificat - LITURGIES AND EVENTS of the Papal Visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United Kingdom September 16th to 19th 2010' are being distributed to parishes across England, Scotland and Wales over the next week.  The handbook contains More>>

August 16th, 2010 - Right Reverend Mervyn Alban Alexander

Right Reverend Mervyn Alban Alexander DD LLD (Hon), the eighth Bishop of Clifton, died on 14 August 2010 at St Angela’s Home in Clifton, Bristol. Mervyn Alban Alexander was born on 29 June 1925 in Highbury, London, the eldest son of William and Grace Alexander. The family moved from London to More>>

August 13th, 2010 - Exclusive 12 track CD prepared for Papal Visit Pilgrim Packs

Papal Visit Pilgrims will receive a CD featuring ‘Britain's Got Talent' 2010 finalist Liam McNally, Oscott College seminarians, Archbishop Nichols and Lord Patten. In the week of 6 September those attending Papal Visit gatherings will be given a Pilgrim Passport, a Pilgrim Journey CD, and More>>

July 30th, 2010 - First Catholic Radio Station For England

This Catholic Internet Radio Station will broadcast 7am - midnight Tuesday 14th to Monday 20th September 2010 to provide a positive media voice to promote the Catholic Faith throughout the Papal Visit. The Station will provide live coverage by student reporters following the Pope on his historic More>>

July 30th, 2010 - Deacon Maurice Pearce

  The Rev Maurice Pearce died on 9 July at home in Leeds.  He was one of the first two permanent deacons to be ordained in this country.  Along with the Rev Tony Winn, he was ordained at St Anne's Cathedral, Leeds in 1970.  Maurice was originally from Newcastle upon Tyne.  More>>

July 30th, 2010 - The Gift of Years - Growing Old Grace-fully

  Mgr Peter Rosser welcomed participants to Leeds and to the Conference, organized by the inter-diocesan Growing Old Grace-fully project of Hallam and Leeds and by Caritas Social Action Network (CASN). He extended a special welcome to Sr Mary Hinde, RSCJ, returning to Leeds as chairperson for More>>

July 19th, 2010 - The Papal Visit 2010

Pope Benedict XVI will visit England and Scotland from 16-19 September 2010. The Holy Father will fly to Scotland and will be received by Her Majesty, The Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

He will also celebrate a public Mass in Glasgow at Bellahouston Park.

In More>>

July 7th, 2010 - CLERGY APPOINTMENTS FOR 2010

Bishop Roche has announced the following appointments for the Diocese:-

Mgr. Francis Robinson
Fr Barrie Senior

Parish Priests
Fr Barrie More>>

June 25th, 2010 - The Coming Of The Spirit

The warmth of a summers' evening brought out the crowds that packed themselves into the church of Our Lady and St. Paulinus, Dewsbury, on Wednesday, 16th June to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation presided at by Bishop Arthur Roche. Forty young people from across the Dewsbury More>>


This year's Diocesan Education Conference took place in Leeds on Thursday ,24th June. More than a hundred Headteachers and governors responded to Bishop Arthur's invitation to gather for Mass and a day of reflection on current challenges facing Catholic schools and the wider context in More>>

June 21st, 2010 - Walking with the Lord

On Sunday 20th June people from across the diocese gathered at Mount St Joseph’s in Headingley to take part in the annual procession arranged to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi. In his welcome Bishop More>>

June 19th, 2010 - New Patrons For New Parishes

Following his recent pastoral letter describing new parish structures for Leeds, Bishop Arthur has announced new dedications for the new parishes being created.  The amalgamated parish of the Cathedral and Holy Rosary will, like the Diocese itself, be dedicated to Mother of More>>

June 17th, 2010 - Papal Visit


As the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Great Britain draws nearer the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and the Bishops' Conference of Scotland have issued a booklet in order to help us better prepare for this historic event.  The booklets will be distributed in our parishes More>>

June 15th, 2010 - A Celebration Of 700 Years.

On Sunday 13 June Bishop Roche celebrated Mass in the Chapel of Markenfield Hall near Ripon to mark the 700th anniversary of the house.  The Chapel has been restored in recent years by Mr Ian Curteis and Lady Deirdre Curteis.  During his homily the Bishop spoke of how the history of More>>

June 12th, 2010 - ‘Somehow, you and I are a necessary part of God’s plan.’

Saturday, June 12th, saw the Bishop celebrating Mass in the Cathedral for Altar servers from all over the Diocese. He had asked them to come to the Cathedral so as to celebrate with him the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to welcome into the Archconfraternity some new members.

He More>>

June 11th, 2010 - Harden Not Your Hearts

  As is traditional the priests of the Diocese gathered, at the invitation of the Bishop, in the Cathedral on Friday June 11th - the Feast of the Sacred Heart - for the Celebration of Priesthood.

The Bishop opened the Eucharistic Celebration with words of greeting to all More>>

June 5th, 2010 - A New Parish Structure For Leeds

Bishop Arthur published his new pastoral plan for the parishes of the Leeds area in a Pastoral Letter published this weekend.  This follows nearly two years of consultation throughout the area facilitated by two DVD presentations in the autumn of 2008 and More>>

June 4th, 2010 - Bradford's Round Church Celebrates 75 Years

Friday, 28th May 2010, was the day the sun shone down on the parishioners of St Cuthbert and First Martyrs of Rome parish as they gathered together with Bishop David Konstant and former parish priests to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the First Martyrs of Rome More>>

May 24th, 2010 - An Abundant Harvest


The warm glow of a summer sun beamed through the windows and doors of Leeds Cathedral as the beautiful voices of the Cathedral Choir filled the air to signify the start of the vigil Mass for the Feast of Pentecost.  Bishop Arthur welcomed everyone to the Mass and made special More>>

May 20th, 2010 - A Day of Celebrations !

When Angela Kemp arrived at Our Lady and St. Paulinus Church in Dewsbury on Sunday morning she felt that she had a lot to be grateful for as it was her ruby wedding anniversary. Together with her husband John, and surrounded by family members, she walked into the church where she had been More>>

May 20th, 2010 - Lay Carmelites celebrate their first anniversary in Leeds

On 16th May the Leeds Carmelite Spirituality Group celebrated its first anniversary with a celebratory meeting at St. Theresa's Church in Cross Gates.

The group developed from the former Chapter of the Carmelite Third Order which had met in Leeds for many years. Since its More>>

May 18th, 2010 - Fr Pat McCaffery

  We are sad to announce that  Fr Pat McCaffrey (SSC) died suddenly of a heart attack in Muree, Pakistan yesterday after visiting lay Columban missionaries studying there. He was based in Lahore. Fr Pat was ordained in 1967 and served for many years in the missionary field. More>>

May 17th, 2010 - Blessing of the Cathedral Organ

  Bishop Roche presided at Vespers on the afternoon of Sunday May 16th at St Anne's Cathedral, Leeds. At the start of the service he welcomed The  Lord Mayor, Councilor Judith Elliot;   Bishop David Konstant - ‘whose genius it was' he said ‘ that began the More>>

May 4th, 2010 - Reparation And Atonement

Bishop Roche has requested that all the Parishes in the Diocese hold a Holy Hour of Reparation and Atonement to pray to God for healing, forgiveness and a renewal of dedication over the four Fridays of May. The Cathedral will lead the way with a full day of devotions and the More>>

April 30th, 2010 - New Archbishop

The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has appointed as Archbishop of Southwark, Most Reverend Peter Smith, until now Archbishop of Cardiff. 

Archbishop Smith was named the tenth Archbishop of Southwark on 30 April 2010. He succeeds the Archbishop Emeritus of Southwark, the Most Reverend More>>

April 29th, 2010 - Keighley schools drum in Rainbow Nation

Leeds Cathedral vibrated to the sounds and songs of a Rainbow Nation as hundreds of pupils from all over the diocese colourfully marked the Good Shepherd celebration with Bishop Arthur.

The catholic primary schools from Keighley - St. Josephs, Our Lady of Victories and St. Anne's - More>>

April 28th, 2010 - 'Meeting God in Friend and Stranger'

On the morning of Wednesday, April 28th, a small group of people gathered at Hinsley Hall for the local launch of the document from the Bishops Conference of England and Wales of the document ‘Meeting God in Friend and Stranger'.  The main speaker at the event was Mgr Steele More>>


Father Paul Owens has been inducted as Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain to the Royal Air Force.  The ceremony took place at a Mass at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire.

The Principal Chaplain is the most senior Catholic Chaplain in the RAF and is also a Vicar General for the More>>

April 23rd, 2010 - Gathering To Remember

The Cathedral Church of St Anne's Leeds was full, leaving standing room only, with the Polish Community from all over the Diocese for a Solemn Mass on the evening of Thursday, April 22nd. In the presence of the Deputy Lord Mayor and his wife, Cllr Andrew and Diane Carter. Also present were Vice More>>

April 22nd, 2010 - A Heartfelt Apology

Archbishop Vincent Nichols Chairman of the Conference of Bishops for England and Wales today, April 22nd issued a statement on behalf of the Bishops Conference with regard to child abuse in the Church. This statement is to be made available in every church in the country as from this More>>

April 20th, 2010 - Celebration For The Pope

  The Cathedral Church of St Anne's, Leeds, was full on Monday evening April19th, to celebrate with the Apostolic Nuncio the fifth Anniversary of the Election Of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. The Nuncio was the Main Concelebrant at a special Mass that was attended by all the Bishops of More>>

April 19th, 2010 - Bishop On Radio Leeds

On Sunday, April 18th, Bishop Roche took the opportunity to appear on Radio Leeds Sunday morning programme as a guest for Richard Staples. Richard was keen to explore with the Bishop the position the Catholic Church finds itself in being under attack from the media on the way it has More>>

April 16th, 2010 - Some issues and questions for Parliamentary Candidates

Here are some issues and questions which may help inform your decision on who to vote for. They are open questions with no single ‘right' answer. But from the responses given you may form a better idea of how far any particular candidate will be addressing the needs of the common good. You More>>

April 16th, 2010 - SPECIAL MASS

Bishop Roche will celebrate a special Mass at the Cathedral on Thursday evening April 22nd at 7pm. for the victims of the Polish Air crash. He has at the same time issued this letter:

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
I write to you today to express, once again, my More>>

April 13th, 2010 - Elections


"Why should I bother about the Election?"  Have you heard young people saying this? How many can match names to faces of the big movers and shakers of the main political parties?  Do young Catholics agree with the key issues identified in party manifestos? How More>>

April 3rd, 2010 - ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me’

In a full Cathedral Church of St Anne’s, Leeds, Bishop Roche celebrated the Easter Vigil...a vigil ‘(in which) we have been taken back, by symbols and words, to the dawn of time and lead through the history of our salvation to the culminating moment of Christ’s Resurrection as More>>

April 2nd, 2010 - ‘The Secret Of The Resurrection’

The Cathedral Church of St Anne’s, Leeds, was full for the Traditional Good Friday Service. So full that they were standing rows deep at the back and down the sides. The Service was led by Bishop Roche. 

In the Homily given by the Dean of the Cathedral, Very Rev Mgr Philip More>>

April 1st, 2010 - Affirmation And Thanks

In a powerful Homily on the occasion of the Chrism Mass, Wednesday March 31st, Bishop Roche not only affirmed his priests in the work they were doing but also thanked them for....   ‘articulating a message that is always old yet ever new - and greatly needed.'

In More>>

April 1st, 2010 - ‘Enter Into The Bond Of Love'

A full Cathedral heard Bishop Roche call upon his people to understand that what they were celebrating in the Eucharist of Holy Thursday was only really understood by ...  ‘go(ing) back in history ... The Nomadic Semites had a feast that they celebrated the night of the first More>>

March 30th, 2010 - CWL CENTENARY

On 5 June 2010, the Leeds Branch of the Catholic Women's League (originally called the West Riding branch) will celebrate its centenary. 

The Branch covers not only the same area as the Diocese of Leeds, but also includes the areas of South Yorkshire that form part of the Diocese of More>>

March 29th, 2010 - Two New Deacons

Bishop Roche had the pleasure on Saturday March 27th of ordaining two candidates as Deacons.

In a full Cathedral, surrounded by their family and friends, Joseph Cortis and Peter Rudd were welcomed by the Bishop and congratulated on having dedicated five years of their lives in More>>

March 29th, 2010 - A Start To Holy Week

The traditional start to Holy Week, in Leeds, was held in ‘The Courtyard at the Civic Hall'; in the presence of The Lord Mayor Councillor Judith Elliott, The Lord Mayor's Consort, Mr Michael Terence Elliott and the congregations of the City Centre Churches.

On an over cast and More>>

March 26th, 2010 - Archbishop Nichols Writes On Child Abuse

The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most. Rev Vincent Nichols, has  written in the Times today on the subject of child abuse and the Catholic Church. 

"The child abuse committed within the Roman Catholic Church and its concealment is deeply shocking and totally More>>

March 17th, 2010 - High Court Agrees

In the light of today's news from the High Court, Bishop Roche has issued the following statement:;

‘The Court has confirmed that Catholic Care was correct in its reading of the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 and has agreed with us that Regulation 18 can apply to More>>

March 17th, 2010 - UK Government and Catholic Bishops welcome state visit of Pope

The UK Government and the Catholic Bishops' Conferences of Scotland, England and Wales today welcomed the forthcoming visit to the United Kingdom of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. At a joint press conference, they said that the Papal Visit represents an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen More>>

March 10th, 2010 - Faith Today

The Bishops Conference of England and Wales has launched a new magazine this week, which they hope will soon have a large up take. The Archbishop of Westminster says: 

'The launch of Faith Today is an important moment in the life of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. I More>>

March 5th, 2010 - Choosing the Common Good

The Catholic Bishops of England & Wales have launched Choosing the Common Good to present key themes in Catholic Social Teaching as a contribution to the wide-ranging debate about the values and vision that underpin our society.

The document anticipates the forthcoming More>>

March 4th, 2010 - Bishop Visits

Bishop Arthur received a warm welcome from the children, staff and governors at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Barnoldswick on a very sunny morning in March.  Head boy, Tyler and Head girl, Rebecca showed Bishop Arthur and Father Martin around the school classes and the outside More>>

March 1st, 2010 - Minister of State Joins In

The Inner- City school of Holy Rosary and St Anne's, Leeds, had a number of special guests on Friday afternoon, February 26th. Bishop Roche had invited the Children's Secretary Ed Balls and Fabian Hamilton MP along to meet the students and staff of the school and to be entertained by More>>

February 26th, 2010 - Publication of the DPP Assisted Suicide Guidelines

 - Comment from the Archbishop of Cardiff

"I welcome the revised Guidelines published by the DPP this morning.  He was given a near impossible task by the Law Lords and many people were extremely concerned by the wording of the interim guidelines and some More>>

February 21st, 2010 - RITE OF ELECTION 2010

The Rite of Election was held at Cathedral Church of St Anne's, Leeds on Sunday, 21st February.  The Diocese was well represented, despite the weather.  In fact during his words of welcome Bishop Roche said that as he looked out of the window in the early morning he did wonder More>>

February 19th, 2010 - A New Lent Begins

St Anne's Cathedral, Leeds, was full on Wednesday night February 17th as people young and old from far and wide across the city poured in to start the joyful season of Lent with the blessing of the Ashes.

In his Homily the Bishop told the story of the heart break of a family who More>>

February 19th, 2010 - Haiti: Leeds Diocese Donations reach £200,000!

Individuals, parishes, schools and religious communities in our Diocese have demonstrated once again their compassion and desire to stand in solidarity with people who are suffering. Since Bishop Arthur launched the appeal immediately following the Haiti earthquake, the response has been More>>

February 19th, 2010 - Realistic Giving

This weekend sees the second part of the Diocesan plan for Realistic Giving taking part in some parishes (others next weekend) in the Diocese.  Last Sunday a letter from the Bishop was read out in which he appealed to the people of the Diocese to think about how much they give each More>>

February 17th, 2010 - Senior church leaders issue united call for electoral policies to reduce inequality

Senior church leaders across West Yorkshire came together today, Ash Wednesday, to  sign a joint declaration calling on politicians, in the run up to a General Election, to pursue policies which will lead to greater respect for people of all backgrounds and to a reduction in the More>>

February 15th, 2010 - Bishop Thanks People For Their Support

Bishop Roche thanked the people for the help and support that they have given over the years, in a Pastoral Letter read in all Churches today (Sunday February 14th ) . In this, his Lent Pastoral Letter, he did however go on to say :

‘It is a worry to me that for quite More>>

February 8th, 2010 - Thirtieth Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Oscar Romero:

      In the coming weeks senior clergy from the Catholic, Anglican, Methodist and other Christian Churches will be marking the thirtieth anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero 

    On 24th March 1980 Oscar Romero, More>>

February 5th, 2010 - National Marriage Week:

The Bishops of England and Wales have launched a National Catholic Marriage Preparation Survey for National Marriage Week, which runs from Monday 8th February to Sunday 14th February (St Valentine's Day). It is a  nationwide survey, for the Bishops' Committee for Marriage and More>>

February 5th, 2010 - Successful Visit To Rome

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have just finished a successful visit to Rome - The ad limina visit. As is usual the Pope addressed the bishops in a private meeting and urged them to keep up the good work  'Catholic teaching and the truths of the Gospel have a right to be More>>

February 3rd, 2010 - Bishops support Pope's call for Church's

The President and Vice-President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales have defended the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI after recent comments on UK equalities legislation.

The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Conference, speaking More>>


The Catholic Youth Ministry Federation for England and Wales (CYMFed ) - has attracted some of the best known speakers in the Catholic world to its first national Congress for youth leaders. The Congress takes place in London on Saturday February 27th with "We have set our hope on the More>>

January 27th, 2010 - Every School Should Have One

Tuesday January 26th saw a small gathering of people in St Paul's book shop at Hinsley Hall - they were there for a book launch. In fact it was a four pack book launch.

Patricia Ainge after years of work was able to present her worship books for children in School. There are two More>>

January 18th, 2010 - From the Church in Haiti

The Pope's special representative,  Archbishop Bernardito Auza in Haiti writes: 

‘I have just returned this morning. I found priests and nuns in the streets, without homes. The Rector of the seminary survived, as did the Dean of Studies, but the seminarians are under the More>>

January 18th, 2010 - Catholic Bishops call for political courage to achieve peace in the Holy Land

Catholic Bishops of the 10th Holy Land Co-ordination urged political leaders and people of goodwill to be courageous in seeking a just peace in the Holy Land.


The Holy Land Co-ordination represents Catholic Bishops' Conferences of Europe and North America. It was formed More>>

January 6th, 2010 - Organ recitals - Huddersfield

  A short series of free organ recitals has been arranged, at Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, New North Road, Huddersfield, to mark the installation and dedication of a new pipe organ in the church.

This new pipe organ, regarded as one of the finest classical instruments in More>>

January 6th, 2010 - Catholic Bishops to focus on future of Jerusalem

  The Most Rev Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, will lead the 2010 meeting of the Co-ordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church of the Holy Land (Holy Land Co-ordination) which starts on Sunday 10 January in Jerusalem. 

There will be Bishops and More>>

December 27th, 2009 - Bishops' Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Holy Family

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

First of all, let me wish you a very happy Christmas with all joy to you, your families and your friends! May the wonderful mystery of the Incarnation bring you a deep peace and may the year that lies ahead bring you many blessings.

As we read of the More>>


On Christmas Eve, BBC Radio Four broadcast midnight Mass live from Leeds Cathedral with Bishop Arthur Roche as the main concelebrant and preacher and the Cathedral choirs excelled in leading the music.  A full congregation joined in robustly with the Carols!

In his More>>

December 20th, 2009 - THE VENERABLE MARY WARD


On 19th December 2009 Pope Benedict XVI formally published a Decree recognising the ‘heroic virtue' demonstrated by Mary Ward and thereby conferring on her the title ‘Venerable'. Her cause will now go forward to the next stage in More>>

December 11th, 2009 - ONE MORE STEP

On the night of Thursday December 10th Joseph Cortis took his next step on the road to the Permanent Deaconate.

Bishop Roche in his words of welcome at the start of the Mass pointed out how Joseph was entering on his final months of preparation for the Deaconate as he was made More>>

December 10th, 2009 - CCRS Celebrations 2009

On Wednesday December 9th there was a presentation evening at Hinsley Hall for those who had completed the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) during the past year.  Five CCRS graduates attended the evening and were accompanied by family members and some of the More>>


Many people in prison need more help and support, at this time in their lives, than at any other.

Roman Catholic Chaplains work to ensure the Sacramental and Pastoral needs of Roman Catholic prisoners are met.  As a Chaplain you will carry out faith specific and generic duties, More>>

November 30th, 2009 - A CELEBRATION OF 50 GLORIOUS YEARS

The little Parish Church of St Boniface, Bentham, set time aside on Friday, 20th November,  not only to celebrate 50 years of its existence, but also to remember its glorious past.

The Church was full with young and old, the sanctuary was overflowing with clergy and More>>

November 29th, 2009 - Bishop Arthur's Advent Pastoral

In his letter to mark the First Sunday of Advent Bishop Arthur linked the fifth and final year of the diocesan renewal programme Come And See with the visit of the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux and the canonisation of St. Jeanne Jugan.  These two saints were More>>

November 27th, 2009 - BISHOP'S VISIT ENDS ON RADIO

On November 26th, Bishop Arthur visited Our Lady of Victories' Catholic Primary School in Keighley. He was shown round the school by Headteacher John Devlin and by the School Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Bishop Arthur spent some time with the children in each class, and the children were More>>

November 26th, 2009 - A special visitor from Leeds

The governors of St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Keighley, were delighted to offer a warm welcome Bishop Arthur Roche, who met with staff and pupils at school on Thursday 26th November. 

All the children were very excited, having looked forward for a number of weeks More>>

November 25th, 2009 - ‘Yorkshire Martyrs students Grow in Knowledge and Faith'

The emphasis at Yorkshire Martyrs is very much on celebration these days. On October 8th the College recognised the achievements of last year's Y11 students and celebrated the best ever public exam results in its 46 year history.

The John Fisher Hall was full to capacity to More>>

November 20th, 2009 - Bishop Roche urges people to express their views

Bishop Roche has urged the people of the Diocese to let their views be known over the matter of assisted suicide. In a note issued today he says: ‘ It is vitally important that parishes should encourage as many of our people as possible to write directly to the Director of Public More>>

November 20th, 2009 - Gathering To Remember Those That Have Served

Friday November 20th was the day chosen this year for the annual Mass, celebrated by the Bishop and Chapter of the Cathedral, to remember those that had worked in the Diocese. The Bishop in his opening remarks said that we were gathered to remember those that had done such great work More>>

November 17th, 2009 - Young people set their hope on the living God

This Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King, young people across England & Wales are gathering to celebrate National Youth Sunday.

This year's National Youth Sunday links Pope Benedict's World Youth Day message with the Feast of Christ the King.  The Pope addresses young people on More>>


On Monday 16th November the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Fouad Twal visited the Bishops Conference who were holding their November meeting in Hinsley Hall, Leeds. Before the meeting started Bishop Roche took the opportunity to present his More>>


Saturday, November 14th was the day chosen by Bishop Roche to invite the Little Sisters Of The Poor along with their friends and supporters to the Cathedral to celebrate the Canonisation of Jeanne Jugan; the event itself had taken place on Sunday, October 11th in More>>


Leeds Trinity University College honored a long-serving Leeds MP and a well-known author at a Civic Reception on Friday 13 November.

The reception was held to launch the new University College and celebrate the creation of another University Community for Leeds.

Leeds More>>

November 9th, 2009 - Friends of the Holy Land launches in England & Wales

The Friends of the Holy Land, a new Charity set up to support the Christians in the Holy Land, will be launched this weekend, 14-15 November in the two Archdioceses of Birmingham and Liverpool.

On Saturday the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Fouad Twal, will be visiting More>>

November 2nd, 2009 - GO MAKE DISCIPLES

Cedar court Hotel Bradford was the venue chosen to launch the fifth and final year of Come And See.The theme of which is Go make disciples.

 The main speaker was Fr Robert Barron from America. He was introduced by Bishop Roche, who pointed out how lucky the Diocese was to secure the More>>

October 30th, 2009 - Threefold Celebration at Leeds Trinity University College

This year's annual ‘All Saints Day Mass and Lecture' at Leeds Trinity University College provided a unique opportunity for a threefold celebration that also drew together three continents. The university college principal, Professor Freda Bridge, was delighted to welcome Bishop Arthur to More>>

October 27th, 2009 - ‘An Ardent Gentleman'

These were the words that Bishop David chose to use about Mgr Billy Steele at the end of a Mass he had concelebrated with Mgr Steele to mark the Golden jubilee of ‘Billy's' Priesthood

Mgr Steele was the main concelebrant with about 30 priest friends More>>

October 20th, 2009 - Joint Anglican and Catholic Statment

Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith releases note about Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans entering the Catholic Church  

Joint Statement by The Archbishop of Westminster and The Archbishop of Canterbury

Today's announcement of the Apostolic More>>


 Sunday 18th October 2009 saw the impressive re-opening ceremony of the newly- restored church of the Venerable English College in Rome. The Venerable English College is a seminary in Rome training students from England and Wales for the Roman Catholic priesthood for service back in their More>>

October 19th, 2009 - 50 Years of service

On Friday 2nd October, the Parish of St Mary celebrated the 50th anniversary of the consecration of St Columba's Church, Bradford.  Former Parish Priests and curates returned for the occasion, concelebrating Mass together with priests of the deanery.  The parish was honoured to welcome More>>

October 14th, 2009 - Relics in Westminster

The relics of St Therese have arrived at Westminster Cathedral and Archbishop Nichols, in his homily at Mass said :

'We thank God for the gift of the presence of these precious relics here today. They help us to be close to Therese so that she can teach us her way of prayer. She calls More>>

October 13th, 2009 - Jeanne Jugan Is Declared A saint

A huge crowd of 40.000 people packed into a sunny St Peter's Square on Sunday October 11th to take part in a canonisation Mass for five new saints - a Belgian missionary, a French sister, a Polish archbishop and two Spanish priests.

Bishop Arthur Roche and a group of pilgrims from the More>>

October 13th, 2009 - The Relics Arrive At Wormwood Scrubs

Archbishop Vincent Nichols celebrated mass with around 100 inmates of Wormwood Scrubs prison, staff and guests in the presence of the relics of St Therese of Lisieux today.

Following a moving and prayerful mass in the Anglican Chapel, the prisoners were able to venerate the relics before More>>

October 12th, 2009 - A DAY OF CELEBRATION

Sunday, October 11th, was indeed a true day of celebration for the Community of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Shire Oak Road, Leeds, like their other communities around the world they were celebrating the fact that their foundress Jeanne Jugan was declared a Saint at a special More>>

October 9th, 2009 - New Plans For Leeds

On Thursday, October 8th, Bishop Roche invited all the Priests from the City of Leeds along with representatives from their Parish councils to a meeting at Notre Dame Sixth Form College. There he launched the next stage in the Consultation programme for the Provision of Priests for the City of More>>

October 6th, 2009 - TORCHES IN BATLEY

This is now  the third year that the revived torchlight procession has taken place in Batley - setting out from the Town Square and making its way to the Parish Church of St Mary - and it was, as the Bishop, said even bigger than ever - in fact about 2,500 were there.



Bishop Roche was pleased at the end of September to be able to celebrate Mass  for a new group of nuns who had just arrived in the Diocese at his invitation. They are the Franciscan Sisters Of  Renewal and this is their first foundation outside of New York. They have taken over the More>>

October 5th, 2009 - A SAD FAREWELL TO A LADY WE LOVE

 Bishop Roche led the farewell service to the Relics of St Therese of Lisieux amid a certain amount of sadness. The last three days, he said, had been unique for the City, for the county and for the Diocese. There had been a great outpouring of love and happiness and many blessing had been More>>

October 4th, 2009 - DAY TWO IN LEEDS

  So enthusiastic were the people of the Diocese to see the relics of St Therese that a queue formed outside the Cathedral Church at 5am in the morning - and the Cathedral was not due to open until 6.00am - still they waited - for them this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and it was More>>

October 3rd, 2009 - The Wait Is Over

October 3rd 2009 - a blustery cold autumn day. This is the day that the Relics of St Therese finally arrive in Leeds and by 11am the first people arrive to queue for their opportunity to witness this wonderful occassion.  Not even the More>>

October 1st, 2009 - Pope Benedict XVI announces new Archbishop of Birmingham

The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has announced that Bishop Bernard Longley, currently Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of More>>

September 30th, 2009 - Cathedral Church of St Anne

After months of planning the Cathedral Church of St Anne in Leeds is about to play host to the Relics of St Therese of Lisieux.
This is a unique More>>

September 29th, 2009 - Pope appoints Bishop of Hallam to a Special Assembly of Bishops

Bishop John Rawsthorne, Bishop of Hallam, has been invited by Pope Benedict XVI to participate in next month’s Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops.

The theme is: More>>

September 26th, 2009 - Tıme Table for the vısıt of the Relıcs

As the vısıt draws near the Dıocese has ıssued a tıme table of the events ın the Cathedral. Everyone ıs welcome to attend the Cathedral and the Bıshop wants as many people as possıble to have the oppportunıty of makıng thıs a very More>>

September 26th, 2009 - Specıal Pastoral Letter to the Dıocese.

As the excıtement mounts ın the Dıocese for the arrıval of the relıcs of St Therese the Bıshop ıssued a specıal Pastoral letter to be read ın all the Churches ın the Dıocese poıntıng out how prıvıleged the Dıocese More>>


Thursday, 24 September 2009, was a great day for not only the Catholic community in Bradford, but for the whole city. On the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham, and in the presence of the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Councillor and Mrs John Godward, More>>

September 23rd, 2009 - St Theresa in Cardiff

Crowds spilled out onto the street in front of the Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral as the relics of St. Therese arrived to Wales this afternoon.

All three Welsh Bishops were there to greet the relics - Archbishop Peter Smith, Bishop Tom Burns, and Bishop Edwin Regan. Bishop Regan delivered More>>


The sun was shining as Bishop Roche celebrated a service of blessing at Killingbeck Cemetery on September 18th at midday. Amongst the 40 or so worshippers who made up the “congregation” was Mr George Mudie (MP for East Leeds), who, as Bishop Roche pointed out in his opening welcome, was More>>

September 21st, 2009 - Relics Moved to Coleshill


The relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux are now at the parish of Sacred Heart and St Teresa, Coleshill, where they remain until tomorrow, Tuesday 22 September.

Fr Marcus Stock, the Parish Priest, said: "As Pope Benedict XVI has proclaimed this More>>

September 1st, 2009 - Catholic Schools in Partnership

The Hexham and Newcastle Catholic Partnership South is a family of eleven Catholic Secondary Schools in the south of the Hexham and Newcastle Diocese. Formed ten years ago by five schools in Durham and Darlington the Partnership grew to its existing number in 2002 embracing schools in More>>

September 1st, 2009 - Invitation to Celebrate!

In July 2010, Yorkshire Martyrs Catholic College at Westgate Hill in Bradford will close its doors for the last time as Catholic education provision moves across the city to the St Joseph's College and St Bede's school sites. 

The school first opened on the current site in 1964 as More>>

August 28th, 2009 - New Beginning For St. Patrick's Bradford

St. Patrick's Church, Sedgfield Terrace, Bradford is to re-open  its doors on Tuesday, 1st September and begin its new role as a City Centre Mission.  Following the retirement of Fr. Jeremiah Murphy on 9th August the parish of St. Patrick's was amalgamated with that of St. Joseph and More>>

August 18th, 2009 - University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan University

Between them, the two universities in Leeds – the University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan University - serve around 65,000 students and employ many thousands of staff. The work of the Church in such a huge, but clearly defined, setting calls More>>

August 18th, 2009 - Mass at Mount Grace, Osmotherley

Bishop of Leeds Arthur Roche distributes Communion during the annual Assumption Mass at Mount Grace, Osmotherley. Abbot Cuthert Madden of Ampleforth, stands next to him.

Threats of rain held off during the annual open-air mass celebrated at Mount Grace, Osmotherley, on Sunday (Aug 16) to mark the More>>

August 14th, 2009 - LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 2009.

Pilgrimage is sometimes described as a journey. Pilgrims undertake a pilgrimage for a wide variety of reasons - some to seek strength to manage an illness or an incapacity of one kind or another, others to find peace of mind, acceptance for a loss or a renewal of faith. The inner crisis many may be More>>

August 14th, 2009 - A Different Start to the New School Term for Bradford Students

Katie Dearden, Megan Crowley, Isabella Ricordo and Kimi Omolokun with Bishop Arthur at the garden party organised by the Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire for Young Achievers. The students from St. Joseph's Catholic College in Bradford will spend the first week of term visiting mums and babies in the More>>

August 6th, 2009 - Golfers Raise Money for LDYS

The weather was glorious on 26th June 2009 as businessmen from around the city gathered with their colleagues to form teams at Sandmoor Golf Club for the second charity Golf Day. Everyone was in high spirits and in spite of the current economic climate the generosity of the golfers More>>

August 3rd, 2009 - In Thanksgiving for A Friend of Christ

Twenty-one priests, many former curates, congregated on Sunday, 19th July, at St Mary’s, Halifax to concelebrate a special Mass of Thanksgiving for the Golden Jubilee to the Priesthood of Father Lawrence Lister. On the fiftieth More>>

July 17th, 2009 - CHANGES IN BRADFORD

For the last four years there has been changes taking place in Bradford with regard to the provision of  Pastoral Care for the people of Bradford. First there was consultation - then a Pastoral plan - then implementation of the plan and now the Bishop, Rt Rev Arthur Roche has written a letter More>>

July 7th, 2009 - Pope Benedict XVI publishes his new Encyclical Letter Caritas In Veritate

  The Bishops of England today welcomed the publication of the new Encyclical Letter, Caritas In Veritate (Love in truth), of the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI to the bishops, priests and deacons, men and women religious, the lay faithful, and all people of good will, on More>>

July 2nd, 2009 - Mass For The End Of The Year

  Every year All Saints Catholic College in Huddersfield, celebrates the feast of Sts Peter and Paul by holding a whole college outdoor Mass. This year was no exception as the whole college community gathered together, entering the courtyard form by form group. This year, the weather was More>>

June 29th, 2009 - Closing the Year of St Paul and Honouring a Man of Today

A large congregation witnessed the close of the Year of St Paul at St Anne’s Cathedral on Saturday 27th June – the Feast of Ss Peter and Paul. In his opening remarks Bishop Arthur said that it had occurred to him that a fitting way to close the year would be by bringing the two Saints More>>

June 25th, 2009 - A Life Open To Christ

Friday, 19th June, saw the start of the Year of the Priesthood. To celebrate this St Paul's has published the book Priesthood: A Life Open to Christ. Complied by Canon Daniel Cronin, this book contains 78 contributions from nuncios, archbishops, bishops and priests from around the world, More>>

June 21st, 2009 - A Day Of Celebrations

The little Church of St Joseph, at Bishop Thornton, was just able to hold all those who made their way there for the 10 O'Clock Mass on Sunday June21st. The reason for the full church was that they were celebrating the bi-centenary of the church and six of the young people from the Parish were More>>

June 19th, 2009 - Celebrating with the Jubilarians

  Bishop Roche was the Main concelebrant at the traditional Mass for the Jubilarians in the Diocese on Friday June 19th - the Feast of The Sacred Heart, also concelebrating was Bishop David.

At the opening of the Mass the Bishop welcomed everyone and pointed out how appropriate More>>

June 18th, 2009 - A Glorious Feast Day Celebration

People from many areas of the diocese gathered on Sunday 14th June 2009 to join in the Corpus Christi celebration and procession organised by the Come and See and Youth teams of the Diocese. The celebration began with a short service held in the Chapel at Mount St Joseph's in Shire More>>

June 16th, 2009 - Archbishop of Cardiff Encourages Umbilical Cord Blood Donations

  The archbishop of Cardiff is encouraging people to donate the singularly useful umbilical cord blood after giving birth. Archbishop Peter Smith is issuing this appeal on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day, celebrated on Sunday, the bishops' conference of England and Wales reported.

The More>>

June 15th, 2009 - 50 YEARS OF FAITHFUL SERVICE

 The Church of Our Lady and All saints, Otley was full on Sunday June 14th to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Canon Thomas O'Connor, the Parish Priest. 50 years ago to the day Canon O'Connor had been ordained in All Hallows, Dublin. To help him celebrate the day were his brothers More>>

June 15th, 2009 - CELEBRATING 200 YEARS

Sir Thomas Ingilby joined in the 200th anniversary celebrations at St Joseph's Church, Bishop Thornton, near Harrogate last weekend.

He is seen with former parish priest Monsignor John Dunne, who returned to St Joseph's to launch "A Constant People", his history More>>

June 12th, 2009 - ‘Leave All You Have - Follow Me ‘

These were the words that Sylvia Wright could just not get out of her mind just over 30years ago, when she was leading a full and happy life here in Leeds. She is a Leeds girl, who had dedicated her life to nursing and had risen through the ranks to be a Senior Lecture at Leeds Metropolitan More>>

June 12th, 2009 - Year for Priests

In a homily read in all the churches of the Diocese over the weekend of the 13thand 14th of June Bishop Roche launched the ‘Year for Priests'. Quoting the words of Pope Benedict he asks us (all) to pray very especially for the sanctity of our priests. Clearly, priests are More>>

June 5th, 2009 - Pastoral Visit

Bishop Arthur recently hosted the Superior General of the Nigerian Missionary Society of St. Paul when he called at Leeds as part of his visit to their English mission.  Fr. Anselm Umoren was travelling around all the dioceses in England where Nigerian Missionaries of St. Paul More>>

June 1st, 2009 - The End Of The Celebration

As is now the custom in the Diocese, Bishop Arthur invited all those who had joined the church over Easter to return to the Cathedral to celebrate with him the Vigil Mass of Pentecost.

So by 6pm on Saturday, May 30th the Cathedral was full with people from across the Diocese. A More>>

June 1st, 2009 - FLORES DE MAYO

This year the Flores de Mayo and Santacruzan festival was held, by invitation of the Dean, in Leeds Cathedral. It was a beautiful day with the sun shining and the flowers and costumes of the children painting a bright picture across the streets of Leeds.

The procession in honour of Our More>>

May 26th, 2009 - Excitement grows as countdown to relics visit begins

Cathedrals, parish churches, Carmelite convents, a hospice and even a prison are among the venues hosting a visit of the Relics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux to England and Wales this autumn. Excitement is growing as working groups set up in all the venues realise the evangelistic More>>

May 14th, 2009 - Sun Shines on Confirmation Celebration

Young adults from the parish of St Joseph's, Barnoldswick, Fisher More Catholic High School, Colne and St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Barnoldswick were confirmed in a very special service on the evening of Monday, 11th May. In front of a large congregation, Bishop Arthur confirmed More>>

May 12th, 2009 - Footsteps In The Sand

Leeds Cathedral was filled with Children from all over the Diocese on Tuesday, 12th May, for the Good Shepherd Celebration. They had come to present to the Bishop the money they had raised in their school during Lent to support the work of Catholic Care.

This year the school of St More>>

May 10th, 2009 - Lourdes Mass With A Difference

The annual Mass for those going to Lourdes this year was celebrated by the Bishop on Saturday, May 7th at Leeds Cathedral, but this year it  was also the occasion for two of the future Permanent Deacons of the Diocese receiving the Order of Reader in the case of Joseph Cortis and More>>



On Friday 1st May, children and staff, representing schools from all over the Diocese, gathered together at Leeds Cathedral. They came with their rosary beads because they were joining Bishop Arthur to pray the Mysteries of Light More>>

April 30th, 2009 - SERVING CHRIST

In a special Pastoral letter for Vocations Sunday May 3rd, Bishop Roche points out the heroic courage of a young man Blessed Peter Snow who ‘came from Ripon and, at the age of about 32, was brutally executed in York in 1598 simply for being a priest. He was willing to offer his More>>

April 23rd, 2009 - West Yorkshire Church Leaders' Joint Statement on Political Extremism,

On Wednesday, 22nd April 2009, Bishop Roche along with the other leaders of WYEC signed the following statement :

Seventy years ago, the Fulneck Moravian Settlement became home for Jewish children and families fleeing from the terror of the far right in More>>

April 20th, 2009 - Visit To Horsforth

Bishop Arthur Roche visited St Mary's Primary School on Tuesday, 17th March 2009 as part of his visitation to the parish of St. Mary's in Horsforth.  Bishop Arthur was greeted by Mrs. Christine Byrne, Chair of Governors, Mr. Joe McDonnell, Vice-Chair of Governors, Father Dan More>>

April 12th, 2009 - HE IS RISEN INDEED

The Cathedral in darkness - though again full - took up from where the Liturgy of Good Friday had left off. The dramatic lighting of the fire, the lighting of the Easter Candle and the spread of the light throughout the Cathedral heightened the expectancy of the night. In the opening darkness the More>>

April 12th, 2009 - Easter Sunday At The Cathedral

Bishop Arthur celebrated the principal Mass at the Cathedral on Easter morning.  The Cathedral was filled to capacity with people of every generation and of very many nationalities.  A number of peole wore their national dress adding to the splash of colour created by the Easter More>>

April 10th, 2009 - THE PASSION OF THE LORD

As is usual the Cathedral Church of Leeds was full for the celebration of the Celebration of the Lord's Passion. This day is one of the days in the year when most Catholics remember their roots and make their way to church. Though the actual service is strange to many it still brings back memories More>>


Leeds Cathedral was full for Maundy Thursday Mass for the start of the three most important days in the Church's year.

The choir started the liturgy with the Introit before they appeared in view in the Cathedral setting the scene for the liturgy, which they lead  in a fitting way filling More>>


The traditional Chrism Mass took place in St Anne's Cathedral on Wednesday of Holy Week, April 8th. The clergy from all over the Diocese made the journey to Leeds to renew their  pledge as priests and  their obedience to the Bishop as well as assist in the Chrism Mass.

As More>>

April 6th, 2009 - National Catholic Safeguarding Commission launch new website

The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC), the independent body responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Church's Safeguarding policies for children and vulnerable adults,  launched a new website on 3 April 2009.

In the spirit of openness and transparency, More>>

April 5th, 2009 - Palms and Psalms in The Light

In a departure from tradition the joint Palm Sunday service between the Parish Church of Leeds and Leeds Cathedral started this year in the Light Shopping Centre.

There, in the presence of  The Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Robinson  and the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Sheila Robinson, the More>>

April 4th, 2009 - Appreciation & Funeral Arrangements Of Fr. Charles Holmes

It is with sadness that we must report the death of Fr. Charles Holmes on the evening of 3rd April.  Following a spell in hospital, Fr. Charles was in convalescent care when he suffered a major heart attack. 

Fr. Charlie Holmes was born on the 12th July 1932 and grew up More>>

April 3rd, 2009 - Bishop Arthur Greets New Westminster Appointment

Earlier today, 3rd April, the Holy Father announced that Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Birmingham is to succeed Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor as Archbishop of Westminster.  On learning of the appointment Bishop Arthur issued the following statement:

"I was absolutely More>>

April 1st, 2009 - Collection For The Suffering Churches Of Palestine

Following the recent conflict in Gaza and the suffering of the Paelstinian people in that area, Bishop Arthur consulted the priests of the diocese with a view to taking an additional, special collection to assist  the people in their needs.  Launching this special collection the Bishop More>>

March 25th, 2009 - Carmelite Sisters Mark Forty Years

The only contemplative order in the diocese marked a significant anniversary on the feast of St. Joseph (19th March) when Bishop Arthur visited to preside at Mass.  Forty years earlier his predecessor, Bishop Wheeler,  celebrated the same feast day Mass when the Carmelite Sisters took More>>

March 24th, 2009 - ‘Welcome to the Mass’

Children and staff at Our Lady's Catholic Primary School in Seacroft, Leeds enjoyed a fabulous Catholic themed week at the end of February, focussing on the recently published ‘Welcome to the Mass' big book and CD resource which is endorsed by a number of Catholic leaders (the Imprimatur More>>

March 21st, 2009 - Fairtrade Festival Mass

St Anne’s Cathedral was the venue for a joy-filled celebration of mass by Bishop Arthur on Saturday, 21st March. CAFOD volunteers from across the diocese More>>


‘Some Pieces from Yorkshire' is the subtitle of a new book produced by Bishop Konstant, which was launched during an informal gathering at Hinsley Hall in Leeds, held on the evening of Wednesday 18th March. As Bishop David put it, he has dusted down (and slightly modified) a More>>

March 19th, 2009 - Bishop Roche Does it in Spanish!

  We were very pleased to welcome Bishop Roche to our school, St Joseph's Wetherby,on Thursday 26th February, following his visit to St. Joseph's parish on the preceding Sunday. The visit started with an informal meeting with the headteacher and chair of governors. We then had a More>>

March 18th, 2009 - Pope Benedict's Lenten Focus On Fasting

The Holy Father has made fasting a principle focus of his message for Lent and in order to keep fasting at the forefront of our minds at this mid point in Lent Bishop Arthur has asked us to include this article which appeared recently on the ZENIT website.

Though the idea of More>>

March 17th, 2009 - GOD LOVES YOU

Bishop Arthur Roche visited St Mary's Primary School on Tuesday, 17th March 2009, as part of his visitation to the parish of St. Mary's in Horsforth.  Bishop Arthur was greeted by Mrs. Christine Byrne, Chair of Governors, Mr. Joe McDonnell, Vice-Chair of Governors, Father Dan More>>

March 17th, 2009 - Pyjamas For The Bishop

Bishop Arthur visited St. Edward's Catholic Primary School, Boston Spa on Thursday, 12th March.

He may have been surprised to find the pupils all at school in their pyjamas! The children explained to Bishop Arthur that this was because for four Thursdays each Lent, they themselves plan and More>>

March 16th, 2009 - Assembling Ecumenically

Three Dioceses, Four Bishops, Synod and People Meet


“Excitement” was how one senior churchman summed up the mood at More>>

March 12th, 2009 - Letter From The Pope

Pope Benedict XVI has addressed a letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church concerning the remission of the excommunication of the four Bishops consecrated by Archbishop Lefebvre. Following on this letter The Bishops’ Conference have issued the following statement: “The Pope’s More>>

March 10th, 2009 - Bishop Meets Members of UKKCA

On Saturday February 28th Bishop Roche met members of the Knanaya Catholic Association, who have just established a branch of the UKKCA in Leeds.

The Diocese of Kottayam was erected exclusively for the South (Knanaya) Catholics in 1911. The Knanaya Community traces its origin More>>

March 2nd, 2009 - Rite Of Election

Rite of Election & Affirmation

My brothers and sisters, in beginning this period of Lent, we look forward to celebrating at Easter More>>

February 27th, 2009 - Cardinal sets out his vision of Catholic Church in Britain today

In a major lecture reflecting on his ministry as Archbishop of  Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor sets out his vision of the Catholic Church in Britain today. 
The lecture "Gaudium et Spes (Joy and Hope ) - The Shape of the Church More>>

February 27th, 2009 - Fisher Pilgrims to the Bloody Tower!

  As the Dawn Chorus gathers volume on the 19th March, Year 9 pilgrims from St John Fisher, Dewsbury, will set off to worship in the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula and to reflect on the imprisonment and execution of John Fisher & Thomas More in the Bloody Tower of London. More>>

February 19th, 2009 - Bishop Roche encourages fasting for Lent

 In His Pastoral Letter for Lent 2009, Bishop Roche, quoting Pope Benedict encourages everyone not to forget the role of fasting in the life of Christians. He recognises that many people are suffering in these hard times with unemployment and ‘the ongoing financial crisis'. More>>

February 13th, 2009 - ‘Prayer Date' For St Valentine's

Whilst speed dating events, online websites, nightclubs, singles' groups and ‘supermarket' evenings are just some of the places that people have been looking for their life-long partner in recent years, increasingly it's ‘prayer groups' that are becoming en More>>

February 12th, 2009 - New DVD For Lent

Bishop David Konstant has just brought out a DVD to accompany the book of reflections, Bread Broken, that he produced last Year.

 Last May the reviewer for ‘The Catholic Post' wrote:

‘In this short book of Lenten reflections Bishop David merges the More>>


Braving snow and ice and travelling from near and far, a large congregation gathered at the Cathedral on Saturday 7th February for a Mass of Thanksgiving to celebrate more than a century of Notre Dame ministry in the Leeds diocese. Seated in the cathedral were Notre Dame Sisters, More>>

February 6th, 2009 - The day Bishop Arthur came to our school

We were worried the heavy snow would keep the Bishop away so were very relieved when Bishop Arthur arrived safely at St Robert's School in Harrogate. We greeted the Bishop at the door along with our Headteacher, Mrs Maureen Benson, our priest Mgr. Donal Lucey and Mr Kerr who is the vice-chair of More>>

February 5th, 2009 - Moving Service

St George's Crypt hosted a Service of Dedication at St Michael's College, Hyde Park, Leeds on Tuesday, 3rd February at 4.00pm to celebrate moving to their new premises.

Both Bishop Arthur and the Anglican Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, John Packer, took part in the service to mark the More>>

January 29th, 2009 - Pope speaks on Holocaust

VATICAN CITY, JAN. 28, 2009 ( Benedict XVI expressed solidarity with Jews and strongly condemned the use of concentration camps during World War II in his response to the uproar caused by lifting the More>>

January 29th, 2009 - We Happy Band of Pilgrims

In 1983, teacher-pilgrims of St John Fisher Comprehensive, Dewsbury, walked the sixty-three miles from the centre of the Heavy Woollen district to the ancient town of Beverley, birth place of St John Fisher, the school patron.  Twenty-five years on, more pilgrims from St John Fisher More>>

January 22nd, 2009 - Holy See Upholds Bishop Arthur's Closure Of Pontefract Church

Following the reordering of the Deaneries of Pontefract and Wakefield by Bishop Arthur  last summer there was  an  appeal addressed to Holy See by some parishioners from the former Parish of Holy Family Chequerfield.   On the More>>

January 20th, 2009 - Bishop Urges Parishes To Make ‘Mission Training' A Priority

The bishop responsible for mission in England and Wales has urged parishes to make evangelisation training a priority during the coming year.

Speaking to coincide with the publication of national evangelisation training tour dates, Rt Rev Malcolm McMahon, Chair of the Bishops' Conference More>>


More than 26 years ago Sylvia Wright sold all her possessions in Leeds and moved to India to help the poor and sick. She also took her skills and experience as a nurse, midwife, health visitor and senior lecturer at Leeds Polytechnic (now Leeds Carnegie University) as well as her enormous spiritual More>>

December 28th, 2008 - Bishop Arthur Speaks Out Against Assisted Suicide

In a Pastoral Letter read throughout the Diocese on the feast of the Holy Family, Bishop Arthur spoke about the issues surrounding assisted suicide which had been the subject of a recent TV documentary and much press coverage.  The Bishop recalled how Christ came to More>>

December 24th, 2008 - Bishop Arthur Extends His Christmas Good Wishes And Blessing

St. Anne's Cathedral in Leeds was filled to capacity as the Choir intoned the Introit for Midnight Mass in the cloister before leading the Bishop's procession to the Crib to the Latin hymn Adeste Fideles.  Bishop Arthur welcomed the congregation and blessed the Crib More>>


In the midst of a city centre preoccupied with Christmas shopping the community of Leeds Cathedral gathered on Saturday 20th December to bid a formal welcome to Mgr Philip Moger as their new pastor. The occasion was Mgr Moger's Induction as Dean of the Cathedral by Bishop Roche. There More>>

December 12th, 2008 - VISTING ILKLEY

Wednesday, 10th December, was a very important day for all the children and staff of Sacred Heart School in Ilkley as they waited for a very special visitor. Bishop Arthur arrived right on time accompanied by his secretary, Father Martin Kelly and Monsignor Heskin, Parish Priest at Sacred Heart More>>

December 11th, 2008 - CELEBRATING 100 YEARS

St Joseph's College, Bradford brought to an end a year of celebration on Monday, December 8th, when Bishop David celebrated Mass at the College to mark the end of their centenary year. In his homily the Bishop stressed to all the young people there that they, like Mary, were special More>>

December 11th, 2008 - Christmas Gifts That Are Changing Lives

CAFOD Leeds has been overwhelmed by the response of people in our diocese to the ‘pack for mums and babies' Christmas appeal, supported by Bishop Arthur. In the first week after the story was reported in November's Catholic Post we have received over 100 orders for packs, raising more than More>>


Where else could you launch a new biography of one of the great figures in English Catholic history than at the centre which bears his name, Hinsley Hall in Leeds? It was here on the evening of Thursday 4th December that Family Publications of Oxford hosted an event to mark the More>>

December 8th, 2008 - CCRS Celebrations

On Wednesday, December 3rd, there was a presentation evening at Hinsley Hall for those who had completed the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) during the past year.  Seven CCRS ‘graduates' attended the evening and were accompanied by family members and some of More>>

December 8th, 2008 - Chapel of Peace at St John Fisher, Dewsbury

Thirty years ago, St John Fisher Catholic High School was an infant comprehensive school trying to shed its secondary modern skin and clamouring to develop its wings as an establishment with a functioning sixth form. The Chaplain was Father John Gott and its small chapel was built into the rear of More>>

December 2nd, 2008 - A Fine Welcome Home

A letter sent to Sweden in July culminated in the Induction of the new parish priest at Christ the King, Bramley, Leeds. Father Paul Redmond had spent the last twenty four years of his priesthood seconded to Sweden and when Bishop Roche wrote to him in the summer months asking him to return to More>>

December 2nd, 2008 - ‘This very special day’

On Tuesday, 25 November, we welcomed Bishop Arthur to our school, St Joseph's Harrogate.  The children were all very excited about the arrival of such a distinguished visitor.  They performed a special welcome assembly entitled the Good Shepherd.  Bishop Arthur was really impressed More>>

December 2nd, 2008 - Bishop Unveils "new" Yorkshire Martyrs

  The partnership between Yorkshire Martyrs Catholic College, Bradford, and St. Theresa's missionary parish in Marigat, Kenya has been established for ten years and  in that time pupil exchanges have taken place, and many young Kenyans and Bradfordians have benefited from experiencing More>>

November 28th, 2008 - PASSING ON THE FAITH

  Children from Bradford Catholic Primary Schools gathered at St.Winefride's Church, Bradford. On Thursday November 27th to celebrate the fourth year of Bishop Arthur's Come and See program. Maureen Cairns ( Head Teacher of St Winefride's Catholic Primary), paid tribute to the More>>

November 28th, 2008 - PILGRIMAGE TO LISIEUX

The Director of the Catholic Agency to Support Evangelisation, Mgr Keith Barltrop, led the diocesan Junior Clergy Group in a series of four spiritual conferences during a five-day pilgrimage in Lisieux and Chartres earlier this month. Speaking on the theme, "The life and ministry of the More>>


Thanks to the painstaking research of Fr Nicholas Hird, Parish Priest at St Paulinus in Dewsbury, we now know more than ever before about the clergy who together established the Diocese of Leeds in the late Victorian and Edwardian era. A good few years ago now, Fr Hird set himself the task of More>>

November 25th, 2008 - St Joseph's Otley

On 14th November, Bishop Arthur Roche visited our school.  He is visiting all the schools in his Diocese.  We were chosen to show him around our school, showing him all the classrooms and our school grounds.  In the Reception Class he was amused by their 'Bishop' doll!  He More>>

November 20th, 2008 - Fisher pilgrims head for Cambridge!

Over five hundred years ago, the adolescent John Fisher set out from Beverley, age thirteen, and arrived in Cambridge University to begin his studies for the priesthood. This October, fourteen Year 11 students and three of their teachers from St John Fisher High, Dewsbury, followed their patron More>>

November 17th, 2008 - Priests On Pilgrimage

Sixteen priests recently took part in a pilgrimage retreat accompanied for a part of the time by Bishop Arthur.  Based at Palazzola on the shore of Lake Albano outside Rome they had an opportunity to pray and be quiet as well as to listen to guest speakers. The pleasant weather enhanced the More>>

November 14th, 2008 - Papal Preacher Launches Come & See Year Four

On Saturday 8th November, 400 people from all over the Diocese  gathered together in the chapel at Leeds Trinity and All Saints. The day served to launch the fourth year of the diocesan process for renewal, Come & See. The title of the year is Catechesis and More>>

November 11th, 2008 - ‘A credit to the school'

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Bishop Thornton welcomed Bishop Arthur and his Secretary Father Martin to their school on Friday 24th October.

St Joseph's, Bishop Thornton is one of the smallest schools in the Diocese with only 24 children but this didn't diminish the More>>

November 10th, 2008 - Cathedral honours for Catholic Dean and Harrogate Vicar

A piece of church history was made in Yorkshire last night  (Sunday November 9th) when the Roman Catholic Dean of Leeds Cathedral and a Harrogate Vicar were honoured by the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds in a special service at Ripon Cathedral. During a ceremony attended by several More>>

November 5th, 2008 - Bishop Welcomes Icon

At a Solemn Pontifical Latin High Mass on Sunday, 2nd November Bishop Roche welcomed into the Cathedral the Icon of St Paul, which had been donated to him by the Society of St Paul a few days earlier. In his homily he set before everyone the fact that we are all striving to be saints and that in More>>

October 28th, 2008 - ICON ARRIVES IN DIOCESE

  Bishop Roche was pleased to welcome to the Diocese representatives from the society of St Paul which is a congregation of Catholic priests and brothers whose mission is to proclaim the message of the Gospel using the means of modern communications and who run two Book Shops in the Diocese. More>>

October 12th, 2008 - 175 Years Of The SVP

The Leeds Central Council of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society organised a special Mass in the Cathedral to mark the 175th year of their foundation. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Arthur who expressed his warmth and pride in their Society.  There was an excellent turn out from the parish More>>

October 10th, 2008 - Changes For Leeds


Bishop Roche launched  a new DVD on Friday, October 10th, in which he invited the people of Leeds to join him in thinking out the future provision of priests to serve the City. In a pastoral letter that accompanied the DVD he said: 'You will recall that in 2004, I asked More>>

October 10th, 2008 - An Evening of Torches, Procession and Warm Hearts of Faith

On the evening of Monday, 6th October 2008, more than 1500 people travelled from all areas of the diocese to join the parishioners of St Mary's, Batley for their annual Torchlight Procession, in honour of Mary, Mother of God. As people gathered in the Market Square, Bishop Arthur More>>

October 10th, 2008 - A Welcome and Special Gift

On Tuesday, 7th October, the parishes of Our Lady of Lourdes and The Assumption of Our Lady in Leeds came together to welcome their new parish priest, Father Anthony Jackson. The Dean of the area, Father Frank McGrath, welcomed everyone to the Mass and said that the Bishop had sent a More>>


Pupils, staff, Parish Priest and Chair of Governors were very happy to welcome Bishop Arthur to their school, St Patrick's Leeds,  on Wednesday, 8th October.  The Bishop visited all the classes and enjoyed asking the children what they were learning about.  Some of the More>>

October 7th, 2008 - Bishop Visits St Joseph’s , Halifax

  On a lovely Autumn Monday morning, Bishop Roche arrived at St Joseph's Primary School in Halifax.  The school is set high above the town, and on a clear day, as this was, the views are magnificent.  Bishop Arthur commented on this and spent some time admiring the Pennine More>>

October 7th, 2008 - ‘Splice the Mainbrace'

  Bishop Roche paid a visit to Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth recently to visit a priest of the Diocese, Fr. Simon Bradbury.  Fr. Simon has been on secondment to the Royal Navy for the past twelve years.  The College provides initial training for officers joining the More>>

October 2nd, 2008 - Building Romanian Bridges

In October 948 the Greek Catholic Church in Romania, which is in union with Rome, but which follows the Byzantine rite, was forcibly suppressed by the Romanian Communist government. Its churches were confiscated and converted to Orthodox use.
All the Greek Catholic bishops were arrested - More>>

August 28th, 2008 - ‘Together In Hope'

These were the closing words used by the Provincial of the Oblates as he brought to an end more than 150 years of their history in Leeds. The night of Wednesday, August 27th, had been chosen to have a Mass that would say thank you and goodbye to the Order as they handed over the Parish More>>

August 18th, 2008 - Mass In A Tent

 Bishop Roche found time on Sunday August 17th to travel out to Broughton in North Yorkshire to meet up with 67 children who were camping out for the week. They were guests of the SVP and their camp was on land that the Tempest Family own. This camp has taken place each year since More>>

August 15th, 2008 - Church Closures In Castleford and Pontefract

In light of recent media interest in changes taking place within the Diocese of Leeds, the Right Reverend Arthur Roche, Bishop of Leeds, has issued the following statement:

"During the course of my absence from the diocese these last few weeks there has been some public More>>

August 12th, 2008 - New Mass Times in the Pontefract and Wakefield Deaneries

From the weekend of the 23rd. and 24th. August  there will be changes to the times of Mass in the Pontefract and Wakefield deaneries following the implementation of the Bishop's Pastoral Plan for the area.  Parishioners and visitors alike may find it useful to consult the table More>>

July 25th, 2008 - Protest Over Church Closure

Local media have reported a protest held on the morning of 25th July outside one of the churches Bishop Arthur has identified for closure following the recent consultation in the Pontefract and Wakefield deaneries.  About twenty people took part in the protest.  We carry in full the More>>

July 19th, 2008 - World Youth Day - Days With The Pope

We attach Bishop's Arthur's report on the last days and the large gatherings which are the climax of World Youth Day.

Saturday 19th July 

It is hard to fully describe the last two days. WYD finally moved to Ranwick Racecourse for the all night vigil initiated by More>>

July 19th, 2008 - Diocesan Pilgrimage To Lourdes

The annual Lourdes Pilgrimage provides a unique opportunity to gather as diocese with the Bishop to pray and journey in faith. Pilgrims come from all parts of the diocese. Last year quite a number of new pilgrims and parish groups joined us for the first time. Some 600 adult pilgrims took part More>>

July 15th, 2008 - Bishop Arthur's World Youth Day Three Catecheses

All the World Youth Participants gathered in Sydney by Wednesday 16th July for three days of Catechesis to prepare for the meeting with the Holy Father. The theme of World Youth Day is: "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my More>>

July 14th, 2008 - WYD - Bishop Arthur's Blog for the 17th July (and preceeding days)

A further update from Bishop Arthur.  Catechesis for the pilgrims is now in full swing and the Holy Father is given a rapturous welcome on Sydney Harbour.

 Thursday 17th. July

Another early start for the bishops as we made our way to the 247 venues for

July 11th, 2008 - Bishop Arthur's World Youth Day Blog

During the first part of the World Youth Day celebrations participants stay with Australian families and share their lives experiencing something of the Church in Australia.  During these days Bishop Arthur has being filing a daily report to keep those of us left at home in touch More>>

July 9th, 2008 - A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER

The Church of St Joseph, Tadcaster, has seen many great occasions in its 139 year history. Bishops and Mayors have celebrated there, but the night of Tuesday July 6th 2008 saw the Chaplain to the Knights of St Columba celebrate his 30th ordination anniversary and say a More>>

July 7th, 2008 - Off at Last To Australia

Monday, July 7th 2008 saw the much awaited departure of the young people and their helpers for Australia at the start of their World Youth day Adventure. Bishop Roche had flown out on Saturday and the first group of young people headed to Manchester at 9.30am on Monday morning from More>>

July 3rd, 2008 - Bishop Arthur Announces Summer Moves

Bishop Arthur has announced the changes in the appointments of his priests which will take place during the summer. Changes are always triggered by a number of considerations and this year a number of retirements, the departure of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate from the diocese, and the More>>

June 27th, 2008 - Ad maiorem Dei gloriam

School really is out for the West Site of Mount St Mary's Catholic High School in Leeds (formerly St Michael's College) which  closed  its doors forever last month. Students left their final exam knowing that they were the last ever to leave a building which opened over one hundred More>>

June 27th, 2008 - A Celebration of Priesthood and Friendship

People from the four corners of the diocese and beyond arrived at the newly extended and decorated St Urban’s church on the evening of June 27th to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ordination of Father Christopher Willis. As everyone found somewhere to sit or stand they were greeted More>>

June 25th, 2008 - St John Fisher High School, Dewsbury - Celebrates 50 Years

An abundance of talent was on display during the 50th anniversary Mass at St John Fisher High School, Dewsbury on Friday 20th June 2008 - from the Steel Band to the Liturgical Dancers to the display of work for visitors to view before and after Mass.

Bishop Arthur said how More>>

June 24th, 2008 - A Golden Celebration

In planning the golden anniversary of the Church the people of the parish of St Wilfrid's, Leeds decided to celebrate in style and on the 23rd June 2008 they did just that. The guest list included former parish priests, other priests of the diocese, local clergy from other faiths, More>>

June 22nd, 2008 - Pilgrims Blessed By Bishop Arthur

On Sunday afternoon the Chapel at Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds, was full for a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Roche to mark the departure over the next two weeks of two important pilgrimages from the Diocese. The first one to go will be the annual Lourdes pilgrimage on which there More>>

June 22nd, 2008 - At the minute on the day – 50 years later

The spectacular beauty of Nidderdale provided the backdrop as the people of Pateley Bridge prepared for the 50th anniversary celebration of Canon Vincent O’Hara. As the church bell rang out across the valley More>>

June 16th, 2008 - SCHOOL CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

The children, parents, staff and governors celebrated the 50th anniversary of St Francis Catholic Primary School, Bradford,  with a week long series of events.

The week started off with the planting of a tree and a balloon launch. As the week went on there were many activities where More>>

June 13th, 2008 - Retirement after 37 years service

On the feast of St Anthony of Padua, Friday June 13th, Bishop Roche made his way to the Church of the same name in Bradford for a very special celebration. True it was, he said the feast day of the Church and he was pleased to be there to celebrate that, but also he had come to add More>>

June 13th, 2008 - Canon Patrick Joseph Delaney R.I.P.

The Diocese is sad to announce that Canon Patrick Delaney died on the afternoon of 12 June, aged 84. He will be remembered with affection by the clergy in both Leeds and Hallam dioceses. May he rest in peace.

Born on 21 February 1924, Canon Delaney studied philosophy at Mount Melleray. More>>

June 12th, 2008 - Papal Awards

At the Bishop's ‘Annual Dinner' on Wednesday night, June 11th, in the Wheeler Hall, Leeds, Bishop Roche was pleased to be able to present to a number of people from the Diocese, Papal awards. He himself thanked them for the work they had done for the Diocese and were More>>

June 11th, 2008 - Pentecost Art Competition

The theme of Pentecost was taken for this year's Art Competition. It was chosen to reflect the theme for the third year of our process for renewal More>>

June 9th, 2008 - A Joyful Celebration on a Glorious Evening

The family and friends of Fr Philip Fitzgerald, Bishop Arthur, local clergy and the parish of St Joseph's, Brighouse came together on a glorious June evening to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Fr Philip's ordination. Music and prayer were the key elements of the celebration which began More>>

June 4th, 2008 - RAINBOW NATION

The sun was shining on Wednesday, June 4th when Bishop Roche made an official visitation to The Holy Rosary and St Anne's school in Leeds.

This school is one that has undergone a lot of change in staff over the recent years and is in an area that has a heavy ethnic mix of More>>

June 1st, 2008 - Corpus Christi Procession For Leeds

On a very dull and wet day - the first day in June - Bishop Roche presided over what he hopes will become a new tradition in the Diocese and grow as the years go by.

Under the ‘Come and See programme' led by Fr John Wilson the Diocese had been invited to assemble at The More>>

May 30th, 2008 - 400 Years of Service

Bishop Roche was the main concelebrant on Friday, May 30th, in Leeds Cathedral as the clergy of the Diocese gathered to celebrate 400 years of service given by the men who were celebrating important jubilees in their priestly life.

Not all the Jubilarians could be there some are now More>>

May 23rd, 2008 - 50 years on

Bishop Roche brought the finishing touches to the anniversary celebrations that have been going on at St Francis' Primary School, Myers Lane, Bradford.

They chose Friday, May 23rd, as the day and invited the Bishop to say Mass for them not in School but in the Church. Along More>>

May 20th, 2008 - Bishop David Joins in The Flores de Mayo Festival

This year's Flores de Mayo & Santacruzan festival was held at First Martyrs' Church, Bradford, on Sunday, 18th May beginning with Mass, celebrated by Bishop David Konstant.  It's a procession in honour of Our Lady and the finding of the true cross by St Helen, mother of the More>>

May 19th, 2008 - A Deacon For Youth 2000

The Cathedral Church of St Anne in Leeds was full on Sunday morning, May 18th, with people from across the Diocese and the four corners of the World. Bishop Roche was the main concelebrant at an ordination Mass for Charles Conner, who was receiving the Order of Deaconate.

37 year More>>

May 17th, 2008 - Death of Mgr. George Bradley

George Terence Bradley was born on 22nd August 1930. While studying at St Bede's Grammar School, Bradford he was accepted for training for the priesthood by Bishop Poskitt and entered the seminary at Ushaw College, Durham. He was ordained in his home parish of St Walburga, Shipley More>>

May 17th, 2008 - Bishop Arthur Concludes Consultation With Announcements

Bishop Arthur has concluded the latest period of consultation in the diocese in the Pontefract and Wakefield deaneries with a Pastoral Letter announcing new structures.  Seven parishes served by nine priests will make one single deanery in the area.  The new structures follow the More>>

May 12th, 2008 - Applause Fills The Cathedral

The Cathedral Church Of St Anne, Leeds, was full for the Vigil Mass of Pentecost on Saturday, May 10th, which was celebrated by Bishop Roche on the seventh anniversary of his ordination as Bishop.

This Mass has become the traditional Mass when  the people from all over the More>>

May 4th, 2008 - HM Prison Wakefield Seek Catholic Chaplain

HMP Wakefield is seeking to appoint a Roman Catholic Chaplain either Pay Band 1 or Pay Band 2, full time to work in a Faith-specific and generic way within a large team of Faith chaplains. Applications are welcome from Ordained Priests, Ordained Deacons, Religious brothers/sisters or suitably More>>

April 29th, 2008 - Reverend Denis Fahy RIP

Fr Denis Fahy died peacefully on Sunday, 27 April 2008, aged 89. May he rest in peace. 

Born in July 1919, Fr Denis studied first at the Venerable English College in Rome and from the outbreak of the war at Stonyhurst College. He was ordained to the priesthood at St Aloysius Chapel, More>>

April 25th, 2008 - Cathedral Hosts National Conference on Catholic Heritage

Wheeler Hall was the venue for this year's annual conference of the Historic Churches Committees of the dioceses in England and Wales. Nearly a hundred people from across the country were welcomed to Leeds by Bishop Arthur, who is Chairman of the Department of Christian Life and Worship of the More>>

April 23rd, 2008 - Record Total For Children

School children from across the Diocese crowded into the Cathedral Church of St Anne's, Leeds, on Tuesday afternoon to meet the Bishop. They came with their banners proclaiming their schools and bearing gifts - in fact many gifts £36,000 worth.

All during Lent the children had been More>>

April 21st, 2008 - The Celebrations go on


St John Fisher Catholic School, Dewsbury is continuing to celebrate its Jubilee year with real enthusiasm. Following on from the very special launching of the celebrations on the feast of Candlemas, staff gathered together on the 15th of April, the actual anniversary, for the More>>

April 21st, 2008 - Bishop At Awards Event

Bishop Roche took time out on Monday April 21st to present some very special awards to some very special young people. The Dewsbury Reporter Series Champion Children Awards are now in their eighth year. They celebrate the achievements of local children, and aim to recognise amazing young More>>

April 19th, 2008 - Harrogate's Holy Child Sisters

We are grateful to Sr. Monica Matthews of the Holy Child Sisters in Harrogate for the following item which marks the anniversary of the death of their foundress.

On April 18th, the Sisters of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus celebrate the anniversary of the death of their More>>

April 17th, 2008 - Bishop Visits St Theresa's

Bishop Roche was at St Theresa's School, Leeds, on Thursday April 17th as his final part of the visitation of the Parish, which had taken place the Sunday before.

It was a busy day for the school, since on the same morning they had national assessors in to look at the work they More>>

April 16th, 2008 - Catholic and a Baptist join a Methodist as Cathedral canons

A Roman Catholic dean and a Baptist minister have been made canons of Ripon Cathedral at an historic and significant service there on  Sunday April 13th

The Revd Canon Michael McCreadie, Dean of St Anne's Catholic Cathedral in Leeds, and the Revd Graham More>>

April 13th, 2008 - Pastoral Letter for Vocations Sunday 2008

On this Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Easter, the Holy Father asks the Church throughout the world to pray for vocations to the Priesthood and the Religious Life.  Bishop Roche has issued a pastoral letter to be read throughout the Diocese. 


April 11th, 2008 - Bishop Drops In

Bishop Arthur took time out on Friday, April 11th, to make a visit to St Gregory's Primary School in Leeds. He had been on official visitation to the Parish the Sunday before - so this visit was part of that same visitation - but it also marked the Bishop's farewell to the More>>

April 1st, 2008 - Welcome News

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and Archbishop Peter Smith, chair of the Bishops' Conference department for Citizenship and Responsibility, have issued a statement with regard to the change of mind by the Government over the ‘embryo More>>

April 1st, 2008 - A Little Birthday Celebration

Sylvia Wright from the Diocese has worked for a number of years now in India; recently she had a very special birthday - this is her account of the day:

‘My birthday is now over and I can get down to routine work. It was a very grand function the day started at 6am. All the priests More>>

March 23rd, 2008 - Five Baptisms And Five Receptions At Easter Vigil

Bishop Arthur baptised five new members of the Church and received five more into full communion with the Church at the Easter Vigil held at Leeds Cathedral on Holy Saturday night.  A further seven were confirrmed and made their first holy communion at the same time.

The five who were More>>

March 23rd, 2008 - Bishop Arthur Cautions A Society Which Does Not Respect Freedom Of Conscience

In his homily for Easter Sunday, preached to a packed Cathedral, Bishop Arthur added his voice to the those of the Cardinals and Archbishops asking for a free vote on the forthcoming Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.  He deplored a society in which freedom of conscience appears to be More>>

March 22nd, 2008 - Funeral Arrangements For Fr. Peter Ward

Fr. Peter Ward lost his very courageous and brave battle against cancer during the morning hours of Holy Saturday (22nd. March).  The following funeral arrangements have been made:
Monday 31 More>>

March 21st, 2008 - Maundy Thursday At The Cathedral

Bishop Arthur presided over the Mass of the Lord's Supper in Leeds Cathedral which commenced in the ambulacrum at the rear of the sanctuary when the Choir sang the Introit "Nos autem gloriari oportet".  The Cathedral congregation were in fine voice as they joined in More>>

March 21st, 2008 - Friars Join Bishop For Good Friday

A large number of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal joined Bishop Arthur for the traditional Commemoration of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday afternoon.  They had gathered from their differnt houses at the local friary in Bradford in order to share in the Paschal More>>

March 19th, 2008 - Chrism Mass of Thanksgiving

The Cathedral Church of St Anne's Leeds was filled to overflowing on Wednesday evening for the Chrism Mass. People young and old from all corners of the Diocese came together with 150 priests Deacons and the two Bishops to celebrate this Mass of blessing, thanks giving and dedication. More>>

March 17th, 2008 - TAKING STEPS


Two candidates for the permanent Deaconate advanced further along their chosen path on Friday (March 15th) night in the Cathedral. Joseph Cortis took his first step in ‘The Admission to Candidacy for Ordination as Deacon' and Charles Connor was instituted in the More>>

March 16th, 2008 - Ecumenical Celebration For Palm Sunday

On a cold morning in Millennium Square, Leeds, the congregations of the Cathedral and Leeds Parish Church gathered to commemorate the Lord's entry into Jerusalem.  They were welcomed by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr. Canon Alan Taylor, who is also Vicar of St. Aidan's More>>

March 15th, 2008 - New Canon installed

Friday March 14th saw Canon Martin Forde installed as the new Canon of the Leeds Cathedral Chapter. The day was special in two ways, as the Bishop, pointed out. First he was pleased to welcome Canon Forde to that body of men who advise him in the running of the Diocese and it was the More>>

March 3rd, 2008 - Death of The Right Reverend Kevin J Dunn

It is with great sadness that the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle announces the death of The Rt Rev Kevin John Dunn, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle. He died at 9.30pm on Saturday 1st March 2008, in the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, at the age of 57.

Bishop Kevin Dunn More>>

February 20th, 2008 - Cardinal Calls For Lobby Of MPs

In a Pastoral Letter sent to every parish in England and Wales and sent on behalf of all the Bishops, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor has called for a lobby of Members of Parliament ahead of the debate in the House of Commons of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. Expressing More>>

February 19th, 2008 - Relics of St. Thérèse to Visit England and Wales

The relics of a much-loved saint are to visit England and Wales for the first time from 16 September to 7 October 2009. Over the last 15 years the casket containing the earthly remains of St. Thérèse of Lisieux has visited 40 countries in all five continents, and is a frequent More>>

February 18th, 2008 - Celebrating Expansion

February 8th was a special day for the little school of SS Peter and Paul's, Yeadon. It was not just that Bishop Roche was coming to say Mass, but he was also going to bless the extension to the school.

All was bright and ready for 10am when the Bishop arrived and he was met by More>>

February 10th, 2008 - TAKING THE FIRST STEP

The Cathedral Church of St Anne's, Leeds, was full on the first Sunday of Lent as people from across the Diocese poured in to present themselves before the Bishop for the Rite of Election. Twenty-eight Parishes were represented from Pontefract to Silsden as people stepped forward to say that More>>

February 9th, 2008 - Celebrating the Rite of Election on the First Sunday of Lent

At the heart of our Christian life is the understanding that each of us is called by God. We recall the words of Christ who said "You did not choose me, no I chose you". Not only does Christ choose, he calls us and knows us by name. Both of these are encapsulated in the Rite of More>>

February 8th, 2008 - New Canon for Yeadon

Friday, February 8th, was a special day at SS Peter and Paul School, Yeadon, near Leeds. It was the day they had chosen to invite the Bishop to say Mass for them and to open their new facilities. However, the Bishop chose to use that day to announce to the Parish that their Parish More>>

February 7th, 2008 - What is Lent?

In his Sermon to open the Season of Lent, Bishop Roche put the question What is Lent, saying: 'Some will ask you today, ‘What are you doing for Lent?' Traditionally, Lent  is a time to give up certain things. Hence yesterday, Shrove Tuesday, is often called in different parts of More>>

February 7th, 2008 - Hong Kong Prelate Urges Faithful to Give to Poor

HONG KONG, FEB. 5, 2008 ( Cardinal Joseph Zen's pastoral letter for Lent uniquely echoes Benedict XVI's call for Lenten almsgiving: He recounts how an almsgiver saved his own family from hunger.

The bishop of Hong Kong's Feb. 1 letter details an experience More>>

February 7th, 2008 - New Canon For Bradford

At Choral Evensong in Bradford Cathedral on Sunday, February 3rd, Bishop Roche took his place along with four other Clerics from different denominations to become an Ecumenical Canon of the Cathedral. This was as the Dean of the Cathedral said a unique event for the Cathedral - in More>>

February 5th, 2008 - Bishop Arthur's Lenten Pastoral 2008

Bishop Arthur's Lenten Pastoral was read throughout the diocese on the weekend before Lent. We are pleased to make the full text and this summary available for our visitors.

 Click here to access the full More>>

February 1st, 2008 - Celebrating 41 Years of Service.

An evening of surprises awaited Mrs Cecilia Hyland on Friday 25th January 2008, who retired after forty-one years of unbroken service at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School. It began with a celebratory Mass with Father Michael McGhee OMI (PP) and Father Chris Willis (Bishop's More>>

December 31st, 2007 - Priest Calendar

A new calendar depicting priests in our diocese at work and at leisure has just been launched as an innovative way of promoting vocations. (Fr John Newman, for example (left), is seen relaxing at home with his dogs). This Calendar has aroused interest from the Media across the World with stories More>>

December 29th, 2007 - Bishop Arthur's Pastoral For The Feast Of the Holy Family

Recalling the twenty fifth anniversary of Pope John Paul's visit to York and the celebration of marriage and family life which took place on that occasion, Bishop Arthur lamented the lack of action by governments to either promote or support marriage and family life.  The Bishop went on More>>

December 25th, 2007 - Christmas Midnight Mass

As always, Leeds Cathedral was full for the celebration of Christmas Midnight Mass.  Bishop Arthur presided over the celebration assisted by the priests of the Cathedral and proceeded first of all to bless the Cathedral Crib recalling the birth of Christ in Bethlehem.

The Choir sang More>>

December 25th, 2007 - Restored Pugin Altar Re-instated

Bishop Arthur had the great joy of blessing and re-instating the newly restored Pugin altar in Leeds Cathedral at the Mass of Christmas morning.  This altar was the high altar in the original St. Anne's Cathedral and was removed to its present location when the Cathedral was More>>

December 20th, 2007 - Coming Home For Christmas



‘O Come All Ye Faithful' is likely to become the most favoured carol in Catholic parishes up and down the country this Christmas. Why? Because for the first time in England and Wales, hundreds of thousands of lapsed Catholics are the  focus of a More>>

December 9th, 2007 - Advent Sunday Carols

The Advent Sunday celebration at Leeds Cathedral took on a different style this year.  Firstly, Bishop Arthur presided at a celebration of Choral Vespers for the First Sunday of Advent sung by the senior Cathedral Choir and Girls' Choir.  Then Bishop Arthur took a seat in the More>>

December 8th, 2007 - Bishop Marks Passing Of Abortion Act

On Saturday 8th. December Bishop Arthur presided and preached at Mass in Leeds to Cathedral to mark the fortieth anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act.  During this Mass he preached the attached homily on the dignity and sanctity of life.
To read homily    More>>

December 7th, 2007 - Bishop Arthur's Advent Pastoral

In a letter to all parishes read on the First Sunday of Advent, Bishop Arthur launched the thrid year of the Come and See renewal programme.  This year the diocese reflects on what it is to be the local Church. 

 To read the Bishop's Pastoral Letter    More>>

December 5th, 2007 - Listen Again To Radio 3 Choral Vespers From Leeds Cathedral

Bishop Arthur presided and preached at Choral Vespers for the Third Sunday of Advent broadcast by Radio 3 on Sunday 16 the December 2007.  The Cathedral Choirs, led by Ben Saunders, led the singing.

To read the Bishop's Homily More>>

November 17th, 2007 - The Diocese Of Leeds Sends Greeting To The Bishop Elect Of Middlesbrough

Pope Benedict has announced that Mgr. Terence Drainey, currently President of Ushaw College, is to be the new Bishop of Middlesbrough.  Together with the Diocese of Leeds, the Diocese of Middlesbrough was formed from the Diocese of Beverley in 1878 and is regarded as a sister diocese.

November 10th, 2007 - Priests On Pilgrimage

Recently eighteen of our preists spent ten days on pilgrimage and on retreat in Northern Spain.  Days were dedicated to prayer, reflection and visiting a number of significant shrines associated with local saints.  Bishop Arthur was able to join them for part of the time and to lead More>>

October 24th, 2007 - Cardinals Issue Open Letter On 40th Anninversary Of Abortion Act

Open Letter on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act from the Presidents of the Catholic Bishops' Conferences of Scotland and England and Wales

The 40th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act is an important moment for More>>



Bishop Roche made the short journey out from Leeds to Holy Family, Chequerfield, Pontefract, on the night of October 18th to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the opening of the Church.

In his opening remarks the Bishop said how pleased he was to be with them on this More>>

October 6th, 2007 - Bishop Arthur is bowled over by Leeds Trinity’s new sports facilities


Bishop Arthur joined Yorkshire county cricketer Andrew Gale in the indoor nets at Leeds Trinity & All Saints' new sports centre, which was formally opened on Thursday 1 November as part of the college's All Saints' Day celebrations.

At the opening ceremony More>>

October 5th, 2007 - Bishop Arthur Launches Upgraded Website

Welcome to the newly upgraded website of the Diocese of Leeds.

From the homepage alone you will immediately notice that far more information is available - the navigation is quicker and simpler and a number of new features have been added. Many of the improvements to the website, however, More>>

October 2nd, 2007 - TORCHES RE-LIT

Upwards of 1,500 people gathered outside the Town Hall in Batley on the night of Monday the 1st of October, to revive the custom of the Batley Torchlight Procession.

This was a tradition that was started in 1951 by Father Gallon, who’s niece and grand-nieces were in attendance. More>>

October 1st, 2007 - St. Patrick’s Huddersfield celebrates 175th

Just eight days after presiding at the Induction of Fr. Ian Smith as Parish Priest of the newly formed parish of Holy Redeemer, Bishop Arthur returned to St. Patrick’s Church.

At the end of the Mass of Thanksgiving to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the opening of St. Patrick’s More>>

September 15th, 2007 - Consultation In Pontefract & Wakefield Deaneries

On the weekend of the 14th - 16th September 2007 Bishop Arthur launched a period of consultation regarding parish structures in the Pontefract and Wakefield deaneries.

On Frdiay evening, September 14th, clergy and parish representatives from the deaneries of Pontefract and Wakefield gathered at More>>


Bishop Roche was the chief Concelebrant for the Requiem Mass for Jane Tomlinson at the Cathedral Church of St Anne, in Leeds on Friday September 14th.

Jane, a parishioner of St Mary’s Church in Rothwell, was buried from the Cathedral Church owing to the fact that over the last seven years her More>>

September 14th, 2007 - Death of retired Bishop of Middlesbrough

Augustine Harris was Bishop of Middlesbrough from November 1978 to November 1992.

Augustine Harris was born on 27th October 1917 in West Derby, Liverpool, one of four children of Augustine and Louisa Harris. He was educated at St Cecilia’s Primary School and St Francis Xavier’s College, More>>

August 17th, 2007 - Bishop of Leeds Welcomes Marchers

A group of ten marchers from the UK and ten from other countries of the world as far apart as Brazil and Kenya are doing a 1000 mile march which started from Bangor in Northern Ireland on the 14th. July. They are snaking their way through England and will arrive at the Stock Exchange in London More>>


Their main task is to be available to assist the Bishop of the Diocese and the priests at the various services and ceremonies. They also give one another good fellowship and encourage family life. For more information please contact the Grand Knight, Mr John Holmes on 01423 548926. Membership is More>>

August 4th, 2007 - 'Happy Retirement'

Fr Tony said he is getting quality care from his parish priest and parishioners and he encourages more retired priests to move in with priest friends who could, with some adaptations, make their presbyteries available, in return these retired priests are able to give parish priests companionship More>>


The Bishop, helped by the youngest pupil and the oldest pupil in the school, buried a Time Capsule in the school grounds, which contained examples of what school life is like now in 2007.

Pupils enjoyed a very special day which ended with entertainment by a visiting theatre company.

Plans More>>


Fr. John Wilson welcomed everyone and introduced Bishop Roche, who dedicated the day to Our Lady and to St Francis of Assisi, as it was 800 years since the conversion of Francis. He challenged everyone to resolve to do two things: pray for the person we have named, and take away one idea that can More>>

June 30th, 2007 - Catholic Education Praised In Parliament

The event celebrated the contribution of Catholic schools and colleges to community cohesion and congratulated those rated “outstanding” in consecutive Ofsted inspections.

Our picture shows Bernadette King, headteacher of Mount St Mary’s Catholic High School in Leeds together with Paul More>>


June 29th 1957, saw Fr Hanlon ordained in Leeds Cathedral –so he had returned to celebrate in the Mother Church of the Diocese. For ten of the fifty years Fr Hanlon worked in the Diocese itself, but then he answered the call to go to Peru. So it was fitting that on the altar with him to celebrate More>>

June 22nd, 2007 - 60 YEARS OF PRIESTHOOD

In the company of two Bishops he was the main concelebrant at a Mass in which Bishop Roche presided and a number of other priest friends concelebrated with him.

He chose to preach the Homily himself and used the occasion to not only outline his life, but also to express how much he had More>>

June 20th, 2007 - 50 Golden Years 4 Canon Joe

In the presence of Bishop Roche priests and people gathered from far and wide to celebrate 50 wonderful years to mark the retirement of a priest who looks years younger than his age. In fact the Bishop remarked that he found it hard to believe that the Canon was that age.

Taking up the theme More>>

June 19th, 2007 - ALTAR SERVERS DAY

This has now become an annual event in the Diocese – to gather all the altar servers together, both young and old, male and female, so that the Bishop can say thank you to them for all the work they do. It also lets them meet each other as the Bishop told them in his opening words and lets them see More>>

June 15th, 2007 - 595 Years Service

The occasion was the annual Mass for the celebration of Priesthood – in his opening remarks the Bishop thanked those Priests who were leaving the Diocese and welcomed those who were coming to join it.

In his homily he reminded the Priests of their role of being shepherds to their people, as More>>

June 12th, 2007 - Dewsbury Confirmation

There was a general buzz of excitement as the church filled up waiting for the Bishop to arrive, which he did at 7pm prompt. Fr Gleeson had organised the liturgy for the night and taken great care to involve the young people not only in the prayers but also in forming and excellent little orchestra More>>

June 12th, 2007 - Prodigal Son Art Competition

Primary Schools from across the Diocese of Leeds responded to the challenge and sent in their art work. The standard of work very good. The competition was organised into four categories: Early Years (Age 3-5), Key Stage One (Age 5-7), Lower Key Stage Two (Age 7-9) and Upper Key Stage Two (Age More>>

June 10th, 2007 - Clergy Moves


Fr. John Elders
Canon Joseph Finan
Fr. Anthony Pearson

Parish Priests

Fr. Richard Aladics                    St. Brigid, Churwell
Fr. John Aveyard                       St. Joseph, Huddersfield
Mgr. Bernard More>>

June 9th, 2007 - Standing in solidarity

About 300 people gathered on Saturday, 9th June for the event at St Anne’s Cathedral, organised by Aid to the Church in Need (UK), the charity for Christians who are persecuted and in pastoral need.

In the keynote address given in the cathedral hall, Lebanese priest Fr Samer Nassif emphasised More>>

June 7th, 2007 - Open your minds and hearts to the persecuted

Bishop Arthur highlighted the need for greater awareness of the suffering Church in a message of support for Aid to the Church in Need’s day of prayer and information at St Anne’s Cathedral.

 “As Catholics who are free to practise our faith, we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters More>>


This church though is an ‘incomer’ to the Parish of St Aelred, because it has a history that goes back to 1910 when Mass was first said in the area by Fr Saxton from St Robert’s in Harrogate. The ‘Old Church’ – now the Church Hall was built in 1912, because it was too small – so a new one to More>>

May 28th, 2007 - New website marks the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s visit to Britain went live on Monday, 28 May 2007– exactly 25 years after the Pope knelt to kiss the Gatwick tarmac. This iconic image and many other photographs can be found on the new microsite.

Studio quality audio reflections More>>

May 26th, 2007 - PENTECOST

This day has now become the traditional day for those who have been received into the Church over the Easter celebrations to come back to the Mother Church of the Diocese and to again be greeted by the Bishop.

In his homily the Bishop spoke about the force of water as it cascades out of rocks More>>

May 26th, 2007 - New Parish Structure For Huddersfield

Remarking that Pentecost was "a feast which marked a new and courageous beginning for the Apostolic Church" Bishop Arthur expressed his hope that "our celebration of Pentecost will also mark a new beginning for the Church in the Huddersfield Deanery." Recognising that his More>>


The Bishop was in the Cathedral to receive from the children the money they had collected at their schools over Lent to help Children who are less fortunate than they are.

The opening was a procession of Banners from the schools, which were from far and wide across the Diocese. The Bishop More>>

May 1st, 2007 - New Ecumenical Development Officer

Bishop Roche as Chair of WYEC (West Yorkshire Ecumenical Council) – welcomed everyone to the Cathedral and explained how for the Catholics in West Yorkshire this was the second year of a five year initiative of renewal for the Diocese under the heading of Come and See. This year the theme is More>>


The Cathedral was full for the ceremony with friends from near and far – some from Hemsworth, where Christopher is to minister, as well as his wife and children – all of whom took part in the service by either reading or bringing up the gifts at the Offertory. Bishop Roche welcomed everyone and More>>

April 29th, 2007 - Bishop Arthur's Pastoral On Catholic Schools

In his letter Bishop Arthur puts forward robust arguments to demonstrate that Catholic Schools are in the front line of seeking to promote community cohesion.

"I would like to express my strong support for our Catholic Schools" writes Bishop Arthur. "The Church is rightly proud of them, More>>


His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor was the principal celebrant for the Mass and he was joined by 34 of his fellow Bishops, as well as the Papal Nuncio. Also concelebrating were about 30 priests.

The Cardinal welcomed everyone to the Cathedral and said how pleased he was to be able More>>

April 19th, 2007 - Fruits of Retirement

The publication of Mgr Dunne’s pamphlet was marked with a gathering held, appropriately, in the Library at Hinsley Hall on Wednesday, 18th April. It was also an occasion for his friends and colleagues to offer their congratulations on his 75th birthday, which he had celebrated three days More>>


When the Cathedral restoration was first being discussed he and his wife, Elizabeth, decided that this would be the opportunity of commissioning a modest piece of silver to the Cathedral.  Through his connections at Goldsmiths Hall he sent Rebecca, his daughter, to meet Rosemary Ransom Wallis, the More>>

April 19th, 2007 - Papal Honour for New Diocesan Archivist

Their meeting began with Robert being appointed as the new Diocesan Archivist and then the Bishop told him that he had been awarded a Papal Knighthood, as a member of the Order of Pope St Sylvester, in recognition of his work in promoting the history and architectural heritage of the Cathedral. More>>

April 8th, 2007 - Easter Vigil

The Cathedral Church was full as in silence the Bishop started the great Easter celebrations with the lighting and blessing of the new fire and the blessing of the Easter candle. Then as the light spread round the Cathedral Fr Paul Grogan sang the Exultet, with the singing of the Gloria the More>>

April 6th, 2007 - MAUNDY THURSDAY

Traditionally this has been the service that never seems to attract a big congregation and after the full Cathedral for the Chrism Mass the day before – it did point out a contrast.

However as usual the liturgy was carried out with a dignity that is fitting for the Cathedral and again the More>>

April 6th, 2007 - GOOD FRIDAY

Traditionally this is one of the two days of the year when the Cathedral is full, as people return to Kiss the Cross and take part in a service that recalls the events of the day that Jesus died.

The liturgy is simple in telling the story of the events of the day with the reading of the More>>

April 5th, 2007 - CHRISM MASS

As is the tradition Priests from across the Diocese and beyond gathered in the Mother Church of the Diocese for the Blessing of the oils that are to be used in the sacraments throughout the Diocese for the year and to renew their to the bishop and the people they minister to.

The Bishop in his More>>

April 3rd, 2007 - PALM SUNDAY

The Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Mohammed Iqbal welcomed everyone at the start of the service from the steps of the Civic Hall. The Parish Church choir then joined the Cathedral choir to sing the opening Antiphon Hosanna filio David. Bishop Roche then blessed the Palms and the Gospel was read by More>>

March 30th, 2007 - ‘Set me as a seal on your Heart.’

After a long period of prayer and discernment Sister Carmel was Finally Professed in a joyful ceremony celebrated by Bishop Arthur Roche, pronouncing vows of poverty, chastity and obedience ‘until death’. In his homily Bishop Arthur spoke of God’s work among ordinary people - God chooses the lowly More>>

March 29th, 2007 - A Celebration Of Years

For the last 27 years Peter has been Head of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary school in Goole and by word and example has set the standards for the school.

Mgr Michael McQuinn in the place of the Bishop welcomed everyone to the celebratory Mass and brought a special word of thanks and praise from More>>

March 28th, 2007 - NEW APPOINTMENTS

The Pope has also appointed two men from this diocese as Knights of St Gregory, namely Dr James Hagerty and Mr Anthony Hester, and two women as Dames of St Gregory, namely Mrs Angela Forbes and Mrs Trina Hagerty. Bishop Roche conferred the honours yesterday evening (Tuesday) at Bishop's House. Mr More>>

March 21st, 2007 - Two New Monsignors

Fr Peter Rosser, who is the Episcopal Vicar for the Vicariate for Christian life and Fr Bernard Bickers, who is the Episcopal Vicar for clergy have both been given the honour. The Bishop said he was glad that they had been marked out in this way because of the Public roles they both fulfil. More>>

February 26th, 2007 - Visit to St George’s, Leeds

It was 20 years since the Bishop had been there – back in the days when he used to be a curate in the Cathedral Parish. As he made a tour of the building and met the director the Rev Garry Stott, he was brought up to date with the changes that had taken place over the years.

Founded in 1930 More>>

February 26th, 2007 - RITE OF ELECTION

The Leeds Cathedral Church of St Anne was full for the occasion. In the presence of Bishop Roche their family, friends and sponsors, candidates from across the Diocese had come to make their commitment public.

Bishop Roche welcomed them and encouraged them to be proud of what they were doing More>>

February 22nd, 2007 - Lent 2007

Bishop Roche was the main concelebrant fifst at Sung Vespers then at the Mass that followed for the Blessing and Distribution of the ashes.

In his homily at the Mass the Bishop described Lent ‘as a time of great grace and joy'. It was a time of joyful preparation for Easter he pointed out and More>>

February 20th, 2007 - Huddersfield Consultation

Following a further period of consultation and after taking into account all the responses to the first period of consultation the Bishop has issued another DVD setting out the present state of discussion about plans for Parishes in the Huddersfield area.

In the DVD he thanks all those who More>>

February 11th, 2007 - Marriage isn’t (just) a piece of cake

There were more married couples than I could count standing at Fr Peter Rosser’s request immediately after the homily to renew their lifetime commitment to each other. As just six of the couples who talked to Liz Maher (Family Life Minister at Ss Peter and Paul Wakefield) over tea and wedding cake More>>

January 31st, 2007 - THIS IS THE DAY

Mgr Grant one of the five Priests celebrating Ruby anniversary this year was ordained in Rome by Pope Paul VI on January 25th 1967 having trained at the Beda in Rome. He has served the Diocese in a number of Parishes as well as being secretary to the Papal Nuncio for a five year period.

The More>>

January 23rd, 2007 - A blessing and a wedding cake

Every year parishes are encouraged to use the Sunday Mass to offer married couples a chance to renew their vows and to pray for all married, as well as separated, divorced and unmarried, people in all their differing circumstances. We are encouraged to think about ways of supporting married people More>>

January 12th, 2007 - NEW DVD

After a year of closure for renovation Leeds Cathedral opened on November 13th with a special Mass and a full Cathedral. The new DVD produced for the Diocese covers not only this event, but also Vespers on November 12th and the Vespers celebrated along with the House of Bishops on November More>>

January 9th, 2007 - GREAT DAY FOR STEPHEN

Bishop Roche at the start of the service welcomed Stephen along with his parents and friends as well as Bishop Hopes, auxiliary Bishop in London, the Bishop of Whitby, and many Anglican and Presbyterian clergy.

Stephen grew up in Rawcliffe, a small village in the east of the Diocese between More>>

January 9th, 2007 - A Knight Before Christmas

In his petition to the Pope for this honour for Mr Waterton-Anderson the Bishop said he was asking for this honour, “in recognition of lifelong commitment and loyalty to the local church and in particular for his work in assisting some of the most vulnerable members of our society over a long More>>

December 24th, 2006 - A FULL CATHEDRAL

Bishop Roche welcomed everyone as he started the Mass and said how good it was to be back in the Cathedral looking so beautiful, as it was, after all the work that had been done on it.

In his homily for the Mass he urged everyone to look into their own lives and make sure that they were More>>

December 22nd, 2006 - Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award

Mrs Nolan became a passionate advocate of mainstream education for children with special educational needs after giving birth to her daughter, Sarah, who has learning difficulties. On the day that she received the award she stood down as Chair of the SEN Advisory Committee of the Diocesan Education More>>

December 18th, 2006 - 50 Proud Years for St Clare’s

A good number of people turned up despite the weather to celebrate the event and share memories of some of those past years.

On the altar along with the Bishop were a number of priests, some of them natives of the Parish some of them who had worked in the Parish and some who were just friends More>>

December 16th, 2006 - Bishop Arthur's Statement Following Death At Diocesan School

It was with great sadness that I received news of the sudden and unexpected death of Katherine Greatorex, a thirteen year old student, at St Thomas a Becket School, Wakefield on Friday. My heart and my prayers go out to her parents and her younger brother at this sad time and to all her friends More>>

December 7th, 2006 - Bishop Praises An Outstanding Police Officer

He said: “we gather to pray for and pay tribute to a very great and a brave man - a deeply loving husband and proud father – a son – a brother and valued friend – a clearly outstanding and dedicated police officer who exercised wise leadership in our community - and a much missed colleague.”



The occasion of the celebration was to commemorate the signing by the World Methodist Council in, June 2006, of the Joint declaration on Justification previously signed by the Roman Catholic and The Lutheran World Federation in 1999.

The little Church of St Luke’s was full for Vespers, with no More>>

December 6th, 2006 - Blessing For A Chapel

The Bishop had made a special journey to the College to bless the refurbished Chapel. He expressed his delight to the students in the College at seeing them again, since he recognised a lot of them from this year’s Lourdes pilgrimage.

In a reflection after the Gospel the Bishop pointed out that More>>

December 5th, 2006 - 150 Years And Going Strong

Bishop Roche was present to celebrate the Mass that marked 150 years of the Church of St Mary’s on the present site – though as Bishop Roche pointed out the history of St Mary’s goes back to before Catholic Emancipation (1829) in fact from 1783 Fr Leadbitter OP used to come on alternate Sundays to More>>

December 4th, 2006 - Mass For Deceased Clergy

The Cathedral was full for the traditional Mass celebrated for the deceased members of the clergy of the Diocese a custom, which the Bishop said was a duty on all the priests since one day they would require the same doing for themselves.  In his homily for the Mass Mgr Kieran Heskin, one of the More>>

December 4th, 2006 - A new Chapter opens

It was the day that Bishop Roche had chosen to install the nine new Canons to the Chapter and one Honorary, as well as marking the appointment of Mgr Bryan Sharp as the Provost of the Chapter.  Mgr Sharp preached the homily at the Mass pointing out the origins of the role of Canons: “So today we More>>

December 4th, 2006 - Father Smith marks the Start of His Ministry At St Columba’s

The Church was full for the occasion to witness the Dean, Fr Keiron Walker, fulfil the command of Bishop Roche and induct Fr Smith as the Priest given the charge of this part of Bradford. Gathered along with the people of the Parish were members from other denominations and a number of fellow More>>

December 4th, 2006 - Mgr Michael Celebrates in Batley

The Church of St Mary’s, Batley was full to standing room only on the evening of Friday, November 24th as local priest, now Monsignor Michael McQuinn, returned to the place of his roots.

There to greet him, were not only the local people from the Parish, but also a good number of people from More>>

December 1st, 2006 - Young People Celebrate Being Witnesses for Jesus

“… and you will be my witnesses…”

The whole day was based on the theme for World Youth Day 2008 theme from the Book of Acts (1:8), “…but you will receive the power of the Holy Spirit which will come on you and you will be my witnesses….’” The day began with a short prayer time led by Fr. Martin More>>

November 29th, 2006 - LAUNCH OF COME AND SEE YEAR TWO

Fr. John Wilson explained what the day was about and just how it all fitted into the plan for the Diocese’s work of Evangelisation and he did all this while encouraging everyone with the facts that they were doing the work already and carrying the Kingdom forward.

Clare Ward from CASE (The More>>

November 28th, 2006 - REV. HENRY JOHN TATTAN

Fr. Harry spent seven happy years, as a boarder, in Mount Mellory Cistercian Monastery. These years fostered in him (and his school friend, Fr. Ned Gearney) the desire to continue further studies for the Priesthood.  After four years at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Leeds (affectionately known/in those More>>

November 16th, 2006 - POPE SENDS SPECIAL GIFT

This he presented to Bishop Roche at the Offertory of the Mass. More>>

November 15th, 2006 - TOGETHER IN PRAYER

The meeting, fraternal in character, was based on shared prayer, discussion and a desire for further development of their shared Christian witness. Their reflections were resourced by the work of the International Anglican – Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM), whose report is More>>

November 13th, 2006 - Spelling out Repentance and Reconciliation

A vibrant liturgy was led by children from reception class to year 6. Pupils from St Anne’s, Keighley gave everybody gathered a warm welcome which was followed by a song inviting everyone to join the celebration. Children from St. Walburga’s explained that this was the first joint project of the More>>

November 13th, 2006 - BACK HOME AT LAST

From all corners of the Diocese the people flooded into the 'Edwardian Jewel' to see for themselves just what £2million had been spent on. Their verdict was that the result was well worth the sacrifices that had been made and would continue to be made for years to come.

Along with a good More>>

November 12th, 2006 - VESPERS FIRST

For over a year the Cathedral Church of St Anne in Leeds has been closed for re-ordering, but at last it opened on time on Sunday, November 12th, with the singing of Solemn Vespers. Present with Bishop Arthur were the Patrons of the Cathedral Appeal, invited clergy and Bishop David Konstant, the More>>

November 11th, 2006 - 130 YEARS HISTORY COMES TO A CLOSE

On the altar were a number of Priests who had been ordained in the Church and celebrated their first Mass there along with the Bishop, who had come to say this last Mass because of the admiration he had for the people of St Mary’s and as an expression of his thanks for all the Parish had meant More>>

November 8th, 2006 - Liturgies To Mark The Re-opening Of The Cathedral

Sunday 12th November 7.00pm
Solemn Vespers presided over by the Bishop at which the new font, confessional and cathedra are to be blessed.

Monday 13th November 3.00pm
Solemn Mass and Dedication of the new Altar celebrated by Bishop Arthur, the More>>

October 27th, 2006 - Government Withdraws Proposed Amendment To School Quotas

The Government’s decision not to table an amendment to the Education and Inspection Bill, which would have required “quotas” in admissions without reference to faith for new schools, has been heralded as excellent news. The news came on Thursday evening (26th October), More>>

October 27th, 2006 - St. Joseph's gets its Bicentenary Book

Opening the book signing was Fr Bernard Funnell, the Parish Priest, who addressed the large turnout in a heartfelt way. The assembly who not only included the friendly parishioners and their community, as well as many Irish families, also included Mgr George Bradley, Canon Peter Maguire and a More>>

October 26th, 2006 - BISHOP ROCHE SPEAKS OUT

Last weekend he sent round to all the churches in the Diocese a letter from the Catholic Education Service which said:

Bishop Roche has asked me to forward to you the attached papers with a request for your help in opposing the Government’s plan to introduce quotas of places without reference More>>

October 24th, 2006 - Bishop Arthur writes to the Hindu Temples

You will note that Cardinal Poupard quotes extensively from Pope Benedict’s recent Encyclical Letter, Deus caritas est (God is love). In this Letter, the Pope underlines that if love is to be real, it must be effective. He calls on Catholics throughout the world to manifest their faith in an More>>

October 24th, 2006 - Bishop Roche Wrote to the Muslims in living in the Diocese of Leeds

You will see that in the letter Cardinal Poupard underlines the centrality of love in both Christianity and Islam. He quotes from Pope Benedict’s recent Encyclical Letter Deus Caritas Est (God is love) in which the Pope makes clear that if love is to be credible it must be effective. His letter More>>

October 18th, 2006 - Bishop Arthur Makes The Day Special

It was special because Bishop Arthur was coming and they were going to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their school. As the Bishop said it was obvious to everyone that they were excited and that they were proud of their school. They joined in the Mass of Our Lady and explained that they had More>>

October 13th, 2006 - TWENTY YEARS ON

The mass was said by Bishop David Konstant, his co-celebrants were Fr John F Nunan the current parish priest, Fr Paul Moxon the previous parish priest, Fr Dennis Connor OMI who was parish priest during the planning and building of the church, and Frs John Murphy and Barrie Holmes from More>>

October 9th, 2006 - AN HISTORIC DAY

This will last for five years and will involve him in meetings with the Cathedral Canons and in having some oversight of the affairs of the Cathedral. However, as the Bishop of Wakefield, The Right Reverend Stephen Platten, pointed out in his Sermon having taken on the office there was a real hope More>>

October 5th, 2006 - Letter From The Cardinal

Dear Mr Thompson,

In May 2005 I wrote to congratulate the BBC on its coverage of the death and funeral of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

It is with deep disappointment that I now write to express the enormous distress and alarm of the Catholic community at More>>

October 2nd, 2006 - Archbishop Nichols Responds to Panorama Programme

A statement from Archbishop Vincent Nichols, chair of the Catholic Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults, in response to the BBC's broadcast of Panorama's programme Sex crimes and the Vatican on Sunday, 1 October.

There are two strands to the Panorama More>>

September 22nd, 2006 - MASS AT THE CHANTRY

Facilitated by Kate Taylor and the Friends of the Chantry Chapel,the Mass also marked the 650th Anniversary of the founding of the chapel: once one of four chantry chapels in the city alone, it is now one of just four bridge chapels remaining in the country.

The chapel was filled to its 60-seat More>>

September 22nd, 2006 - CONSECRATED FOR WORSHIP

It was launched at a seminar in Headingley on 19th September with members of diocesan liturgy and buildings commissions, and three Bishops- Bishop Brian Noble, Bishop Alan Hopes and Bishop Arthur, who gave the keynote address as Chairman of the Department for Christian Life and Worship. He More>>

September 15th, 2006 - First steps for Future Deacons

Christopher Stevens received the Order of Acolyte, while Peter Rudd and Charles Connor were given the Order of Lector. At the service the Bishop announced that since they were entering into a public ministry within the Church, then in future such conferring of Orders would be fittingly carried out More>>

September 14th, 2006 - School Celebrates 3 million refurbishment

The classroom block comprising 7 new classrooms, 3 laboratories, a Library and specialist Food Technology room was a project managed by the Diocese of Leeds and the school to allow adequate space for the number of students that the school actually has. Conditions before were very cramped with More>>

August 7th, 2006 - Principal says goodbye to Trinity & All Saints

The retirement was marked by governors at a lunch on 10th July and at a staff reception on 26th July, when the former Bishop of Leeds, Bishop David Konstant, thanked him and presented him with some state-of-the-art fishing gear with which to fill his retirement!

Mike has had a remarkable career More>>


On July 18th 1956, when he was ordained, St Francis of Assisi’s Church, Leeds, was on Manor Road, Holbeck; the new church, opened in 1984, is in Bismarck Street. However, this is still the same Parish, the one that he was born, baptised and grew up in until he went off to Ushaw College, Durham, to More>>


He responded by expressing his esteem for the work of the University and especially for its Department of Peace Studies which, he said, is making an “immensely valuable contribution” nationally. The Award Ceremony was presided over by the University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Christopher More>>

July 21st, 2006 - CHANGE FOR HOLY DAYS

In order to foster the celebration of the rhythm of the liturgical year and to celebrate more profoundly the mysteries of the life and mission of the Lord, the Bishops have decided to transfer to Sunday those Holy Days of Obligation which are Solemnities of the Lord (other than Christmas Day) . More>>

July 20th, 2006 - Father Anthony Wilkinson’s Golden Jubilee

Fr Anthony was born in Fagley, Bradford and studied for his priesthood at Ushaw Seminary, in Durham. In 1956, Fr Anthony was ordained at St. Mary’s Church, Bradford and his first position was at Holy Rosary Church in Chapeltown, Leeds. It was after his years in Holy Rosary that he went to Peru; to More>>

July 20th, 2006 - “50 HAPPY YEARS” SAYS FR GALLON

As befits Fr Gallon the celebrations were simple and most enjoyable.

Bishop Roche thanked Fr Michael for all the work he had done both inside and outside the Diocese and for the work he had done as a trustee of the Diocese.

In the homily the Bishop preached he pointed out how a priest is a More>>


Just as he was about to leave he was asked if he would just mind unveiling a small gift that was on the table in the Cathedral Hall. He was surprised when he did so to find a picture of the Pope painted in oils by Brother Francis - one of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal from Bradford. He was More>>

June 28th, 2006 - A Papal Thanks for 60 Years Work

Canon Denis Tangney retired from St Theresa’s, Cross Gates, some eight years ago but has always remained very active in the hearts and minds of parishioners. So as he celebrated his jubilee it seemed fitting he should return to the church where he was parish priest and much more for a celebration More>>

June 28th, 2006 - Parish Feast Day And A Sad Farewell

Mgr McGuire was the main concelebrant at the 11am Mass and he welcomed the Bishop who had come to share with him the joy of his 50 years of ministry. He also welcomed the young people who had come to express their joy at having received either confirmation or first communion in the last few weeks More>>

June 26th, 2006 - 730 years of service

Monsignor Andrew Faley, Assistant General Secretary of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales, gave the Homily and reminded them that while they had set out on a path at the beginning of their ministry they always had to remember they were continually starting afresh and heading in new More>>

June 24th, 2006 - New Deacon For The Diocese

Stephen grew up in Rawcliffe, a small village in the east of the Diocese between Goole and Selby. After school, he went to university in London where he studied theology, and whilst he was a student in London he took on a part-time job as a virger at St Paul’s Cathedral. Stephen grew up within More>>

June 22nd, 2006 - Annual Family Mass 2006

On that day 33 family ministers were commissioned in full sunshine at Mass on the lawn at the front of Hinsley Hall. Bishop Arthur presided at the Mass and Fr Donal Lucey, then Episcopal Vicar for Marriage and Family Life, read the homily and performed the commissioning ceremony. This year, the More>>

June 19th, 2006 - Fr Angel fulfils his dream

BISHOP Roche ordained Christopher Angel into the priesthood on Saturday in Bradford and took the opportunity to remind him and the large congregation of their responsibility to all of God’s children and not just those of the faith.

St Joseph’s, Pakington Street, was More>>

June 16th, 2006 - Bishop Arthur Addresses America's Catholic Bishops

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June 10th, 2006 - Bishop Arthur's Decisions For Bradford

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ

Last September I inaugurated a process of consultation with regard to our pastoral provision in the three Bradford deaneries. Together we took stock of the rich legacy which we inherited from those who had gone before us in the faith and we thought More>>

June 10th, 2006 - Clergy Appointments In Bradford

Bishop Arthur has announced the following clergy appointments, effective from 1st. September, in the first phase of implementing his Bradford decisions.

Fr. Joseph Smith and Fr. Anthony Fenton are leaving their parishes in Bingley and Cottingley respectively and More>>

June 5th, 2006 - Getting Stuck In

The celebration marked the tenth anniversary of the highly successful St Vincent’s Centre which is near the Irish Centre on York Road, Leeds, and which receives around 250 visits a week from people wishing to access its free debt and general counselling services, its free education services (basic More>>


Father Daniel Harrison, the Chaplain to the diocesan Catholic Deaf Association, concelebrated and signed for the Bishop during the liturgy. In his homily Bishop Roche remarked that God calls each person within their depths to loving communion with Him. All those present had heard this call, but More>>

May 25th, 2006 - Bishop Arthur Blesses CAFOD Office

During his visit Bishop Arthur met youth worker Joanne Taylor from St. Benedict’s Garforth who runs a parish CAFOD youth group. Joanne is keen to involve other young people in the diocese in CAFOD’s work and is willing to share her experiences with interested parishes.

The Bishop also spoke More>>

May 25th, 2006 - Baptism and Confirmation 25th May 2006

As the entrance hymn “Here in this Place” filled the air of the beautiful and wondrously colourful chapel, the 130-plus congregation of a pleasurable mix of ethnicities and ages rose to its feet as Bishop Arthur Roche entered the chapel to begin the service.

The pews of the chapel were filled More>>

May 20th, 2006 - Bishop Arthur Thanks The CWL

The Mass was their normal annual Mass before their AGM, but it was of special importance this year since the organisation is celebrating 100 years of existence.

In his homily the Bishop spoke about the love that the women brought to their work and while he admitted that they did the work More>>

May 12th, 2006 - Your Bishop ‘thinks you are wonderful’

AS usual their generosity surpassed expectations leaving Bishop Arthur breathless at their creative efforts to raise more then £30,000 and Canon Peter Maguire, Vice – chairman of Catholic Care, the main beneficiaries, was also thrilled.

Bishop Arthur told the children from each school to take More>>

May 8th, 2006 - You don’t know what you’ve missed

The speakers were, without exception, brilliant! The first was David Jackson whose style of speaking and explaining things is always interesting and amusing and very easy to listen to. He gave a definition of Interfaith Dialogue as: ‘All positive and constructive inter-religious relations with More>>

May 8th, 2006 - In Praise of Wesley

Speaking at the Spring Synod of the West Yorkshire District of the Methodist Church, Bishop Roche quoted Pope John Paul’s II ground-breaking 1995 encyclical Ut Unum Sint, “Dialogue is not simply an exchange of ideas. In some ways it is always an ‘exchange of gifts’” In this spirit he offered some More>>

May 8th, 2006 - The Reverend Charles Doughty RIP

Father Doughty came from Mullagh, Co. Meath in the Diocese of Kilmore. He was educated at All Hallows’ College, Drumcondra, Dublin where he was ordained priest for the Diocese of Leeds on 21st June l953.

On arrival in the Diocese his first appointment was to the staff at St.Joseph’s parish, More>>

May 5th, 2006 - Making Everybody Welcome in Skipton

Our workshop is part of a series we are running at various venues throughout the diocese. They are designed to give people a chance to try out some of the ‘welcome’ resources that have been made available by the Bishops’ Conference project for 2006 ‘Everybody’s Welcome’. This you may remember More>>

May 1st, 2006 - Bishop Arthur Meets Cherie Blair

Bishop Roche, on his recent visit to Rome, coincided with the visit of Mrs Blair to the Vatican. Here, he is seen with Mrs Blair and the Rector of the English College, Monsignor Nick Hudson. Mrs Blair had been invited to the Vatican to contribute to a discussion there on care. While she was there More>>

April 28th, 2006 - New website marks the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s visit to Britain went live on Monday, 28 May 2007– exactly 25 years after the Pope knelt to kiss the Gatwick tarmac. This iconic image and many other photographs can be found on the new microsite.

Studio quality audio reflections (mp3s) can be heard from Cardinal Cormac More>>

April 27th, 2006 - The young people take up the Challenge

But he disappointed them by admitting he was no rapper and had instead had to write a book for them to use rather than compose a new rap or record a cd to inspire them.

The enthusiasm in the Cathedral Hall was infectious last night at the final meeting of the ‘Plugged In’ series, as they More>>

April 15th, 2006 - Death Of Former Prison Chaplain and Poll Tax Rebel

Peter Sheridan was born in Batley in 1928.  He was in is 30's when he perceived a calling from God to serve as a priest.  He was sent to study at the English College in Lisbon and was ordained there on 23 May 1964.

First of all he served as a Curate at St Patrick’s, Bradford between More>>

April 14th, 2006 - Good Friday

There was standing room only in the church as people made their way to the service, some arriving well after the Bishop had started the proceedings. This is the day when people make every effort to spend time in prayer remembering the events of that first ‘Good Friday’. “ At the heart of this More>>

April 13th, 2006 - Last Supper

As Bishop Roche said, this is the start of the most important liturgical period in the church’s year and he welcomed those who had found their way down to Boar Lane for the celebration.

Though in unfamiliar surroundings the celebration was conducted with the normal grace and enthusiasm that is More>>

April 12th, 2006 - AN AMAZING STORY

The feisty Californian was in Leeds at the invitation of Tony Hester (and Bishop Roche) working on behalf of the Pro-Life alliance. She is in England to for the London Marathon, which she is running on April 23rd in aid of cerebral palsy, a legacy of the failed abortion attempt. After a whirlwind More>>

April 12th, 2006 - The Spirit of The Lord

Over 140 priests were present along with a full complement Deacons and religious. The small modern church was full to over capacity with people standing where ever they could. This year people had come from far and wide across the Diocese by bus and mini-bus to take part in the Mass that many More>>

April 11th, 2006 - Parish Visitation to Our Lady and St. Paulinus, Dewsbury.

The Bishop said he was delighted to see such a strong turn out at the 11 am Family Mass, in particular so many children, many of whom were preparing for the First Holy Communion. He spoke of the value of being part of a strong community. He said that faith was more appropriately expressed through More>>

April 11th, 2006 - Stations of the Cross

The successful children, parents and teachers attended a presentation at Mount St. Joseph’s Home, Leeds. The children were presented with a certificate and gift from Bishop Roche. Some of the residents of Mount St. Joseph’s attended.


April 11th, 2006 - BLESSING IN THE RAIN

As usual it was a joint celebration including all the City Centre Churches. Bishop Roche led Leeds Cathedral congregation, The Rector of Leeds, Rev Tony Bundock led the Church of England congregation and The Rev Nick Baker led the Methodist Congregation. Also present was the Deputy Mayor Ann Castle More>>


Sporting 45 new classrooms, improved sports hall, changing rooms and language and IT laboratories it will see the West Yorkshire College which takes pupils from as far as Wakefield, Leeds and Barnsley, become the largest of its kind by the end of next year.

Staff and pupils are determined More>>

March 31st, 2006 - RESURRECTION ROCK

An audience of 500 watched as they belted out songs from the musical ‘Resurrection Rock’ alternated with readings and prayers of reflection for Passiontide.

The event, at St Wilfrid’s, Featherstone, was one of three organised by the Catholic Deputy Heads Partnership in Wakefield, as part of More>>

March 28th, 2006 - Bishop Arthur hosts anti - abortion meeting

Gianna Jessen was aborted in 1977 when her 17-year-old mother was seven months pregnant, but she was delivered alive and survived the ordeal thanks to the compassion and quick thinking of a nurse in the operating theatre at a Californian abortion clinic. The nurse called an ambulance and had the More>>

March 23rd, 2006 - A proud celebration of 200 years

The church stands tall and proud on a hill overlooking the town, a living reminder of the strength of the faith that overcame the shadow of Henry VIII’s tyranny during the Reformation.

There has been a strong Catholic community in the small industrial town, better known to many outsiders for More>>


There are an increasing number of NHS hospital support teams and hospital palliative care beds and 24-hour district nursing is becoming more available, Dr Nigel Sykes told local consultants, GPs, other health professionals, Sisters of the Cross and Passion and local dignitaries. But he warned that More>>

March 18th, 2006 - NEW HEAD FOR TRINITY

Dr Freda Bridge, who is currently Dean of Education and Professional Development at the University of Huddersfield, succeeds Dr Michael Coughlan, who is retiring.

Dr Bridge said she was thrilled to have been appointed to the job at TASC, which has 2,500 students and 300 staff. This year it More>>

March 16th, 2006 - Bradford Proposals Summary Document

Bishop Arthur Roche’s complete proposals for the Bradford deaneries are set out in his DVD Presentation and this summary document should be used in conjunction with the DVD. The text is a direct quotation from Bishop Arthur’s DVD Presentation.

New Parishes More>>

March 9th, 2006 - PLUGGED –IN FOR JESUS

Bishop Arthur said after the first session of discussions and workshops they had been filled with grace. But he also said the questions they had been encouraged to raise and discuss were natural but should remind them of God’s love for them.

“When you think of all the doubts you have More>>

March 9th, 2006 - Bishop Roche and Terry Waite Visit Emmaus, Leeds

The Bishop and Mr Waite discussed the work of the Centre for about half an hour and toured the premises, visiting workshops, the residential section and the café and chatting to some of the men who live and work there. At the Leeds centre, which is one of eleven in the country, the residents More>>

March 7th, 2006 - Bishop Arthur attends sixth form conference

The Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrew’s was responding to a presentation by the clinician who is heading up research on human cloning in Britain, Professor Alison Murdoch. “The early embryo is no less human than the later embryo, he said. “It is just less developed. We must More>>

March 6th, 2006 - A RIGHT DAY OF ELECTION

There were 142 candidates who came forward, all of whom were greeted individually by the Bishop and made to feel personally welcome. “It was,” he said “ a most important day for them and the communities they belonged to, as well as for the church as a whole.”

The Bishop congratulated them on More>>

February 26th, 2006 - Bishop Arthur's Pre-Lenten Pastoral

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

In today’s first reading from Hosea, we hear the Lord speaking to us of his passionate love for us all: I am going to lure you and lead you into the wilderness, he says, and speak to your heart. They are the words of a lover in the spring-time of More>>

February 16th, 2006 - New Club For The Diocese

The celebrant, Mgr Kieran Heskin, VG, spoke of the need for lay people and clergy to support each other. “We need you just as you need us,” he said. He added that all Christians shared in Christ’s priesthood and that therefore they all shared in His sacrifice.

Mgr Heskin urged families to More>>

February 7th, 2006 - Faith Leaders Gather in Solidarity

“The intention is to express our solidarity and respect for one another's faiths,” comments the Revd Neil Bishop, Secretary of Faith Together in Leeds 11.

Forum Director, Inderjit Bhogal, who has been awarded an OBE in recognition for his services to inter-faith relations, commented “We need to More>>

February 2nd, 2006 - ‘Heroes of the Faith’

At a Mass, led by Bishop Arthur, hundreds of parishioners packed into the Cooper Lane church to give thanks for the courage and fortitude their forebears had in establishing the church in the late 1950s.

Notes in a special booklet published to commemorate the anniversary reminded people how the More>>

January 24th, 2006 - Death Of Fr. Ken Taylor

Father Ken Taylor, who trained at St Cuthbert’s College, Ushaw was ordained at St Joseph’s, Bradford on 24 May 1964. He served as Curate at St Austin’s, Wakefield between 1964 and 1973, at St William’s, Bradford between 1973 and 1975, and at St Patrick’s, Sheffield between 1975 and 1978. More>>


Principal celebrant, Bishop Arthur Roche, welcomed those forced out of their usual city centre place of worship, due to renovation, and those who tuned in to celebrate the birth of Christ or just appreciate the music and singing of Leeds Cathedral Choir, led by musical director, Benjamin More>>

December 17th, 2005 - FROM POLICEMAN TO PASTOR

Following four long years of study and soul searching the former Dewsbury policeman achieved a lifetime’s ambition to devote his life’s ministry to God.

In his address to the packed congregation, Bishop Arthur, said that the sacrament of the Deaconate made heavy demands on the individual, More>>

December 4th, 2005 - LIGHT UP A LIFE

These services, for people who are bereaved, are so well attended that the 700-seat Cathedral is filled twice, by ticket only. The tall Christmas tree is covered in lights, which are lit during the service to symbolise remembrance and prayer at Christmas. Names of deceased family and friends are More>>

December 2nd, 2005 - Fr John Moves Into Wetherby

Fr John Nunan took over from Fr Paul Moxon at St Joseph’s in Wetherby. The church was nicely full and two buses had brought some of Fr John’s former parishioners from Wakefield, who wanted to see where their Fr John had moved to.

Along with a clutch of Deans who had gathered to celebrate the More>>


The charismatic Ugandan arrived in York by boat and then walked through the streets anointing children as he went, completely disregarding tradition. And then perpetrated his ‘crime’ by attacking the Anglican bretheren for being scandalous in abandoning their discipleship of Jesus.

The first More>>

November 29th, 2005 - FR CHRIS TAKES OVER AT ST URBAN’S

Fr Christopher Willis was inducted into the Parish, by Mgr Peter Grant, Dean for the area. In his homily, Mgr Grant noted the enormous task that a new parish priest can face and encouraged the people of the parish to re-affirm their commitment through the Ceremony of Induction. For many years Fr More>>


Led by Bishop Arthur representatives from schools, parishes and other communities gathered to contemplate the future of their own personal faith and that of their groups.

It is part of a five year plan aimed at getting back to the basics of the Catholic faith and covering subjects including More>>


Over 600 delegates from all across the Diocese packed into the conference hall at the Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford, to hear Bishop Roche challenge them and the Diocese to “.. grasp this moment with great confidence and let us put out into the deep!” It was the start of the 'Come and See' programme More>>

November 27th, 2005 - Bishop Roche Opens First General Assembly of the Diocese

First of all, I wish to warmly welcome you all to this event and to thank you for responding so generously to my invitation to join me. A very special word of welcome to our guest speakers: Michelle Moran, a Yorkshire lass, from the Sion community and her husband, Peter, who leads our music; and to More>>


In his homily to the students, who packed the newly built sports hall and auditorium, Bishop David Konstant spoke of faith and light, but the headteacher, David Lewis said it had been the Bishop's faith in the ability of the school, to turn itself around that was being celebrated.

By February More>>

November 24th, 2005 - DEACONS TAKE A STEP CLOSER

Trained by Fr Kevin Firth, who is based at Sowerby Bridge all are part way through their four year training programme towards full ordination as Deacons.

David Marshall, from Liversedge will be ordained as a Deacon in December while the other three, Chris Stevens from St Peter and Paul, More>>


“I can assure you that the Catholic Church will do her part to respond generously and unhesitatingly to what has been an appalling disaster in the history of our world,” he said at a fund-raising dinner at which the Pakistani High Commissioner, Dr Maleeha Lodhi, and a number of leading More>>


Copies of the controversial DVDs were left on the steps of a mosque in Saville Street last Tuesday, and immediately handed over to the police by concerned church elders, worried they could lead to further tensions after the terrorist attacks in London during the summer.

When he heard of the More>>


Three weeks seemed a long time to be away, but in reality it rushed past us as we involved ourselves in the whole process. All together there were 25O bishops from throughout the world assembled with the Pope to discuss the ‘Eucharist as the Source and Summit of the Mission and the Life of the More>>

November 1st, 2005 - Greetings To The Muslim Community For Eid al-Fitr

From Bishop Arthur Roche.

My dear Muslim friends,

It is a great joy for me to greet you as Eid al-Fitr appraoches. I should like to wish you and your families every happiness as you come together at this important moment to give thanks to God.

It has been an More>>

November 1st, 2005 - Reflection For The Feast Of All Saints

In its very broad sense, “the saints”, originally a self-designation of all Christians collectively, means those “sanctified through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and through the Spirit of our God” (I Cor. 1:30-31), St. Paul further identifies a saint as a Christian who endeavours to fulfil More>>

November 1st, 2005 - Greetings To The Hindu Community For Diwali

From Bishop Arthur Roche:

My dear Hindu friends,

It is a cause of great joy for me to greet you as the notable feast of Diwali approaches. As I go about the diocese I hear tell of many ways in which Catholics and Hindus are cooperating in local communities. I thank God that More>>

November 1st, 2005 - Bishop Arthur Signs WYEC Covenant

During Mass for All Saints' Day and in the presence of Bishop John Packer, the Anglican Bishop of Ripon and Leeds who is currently the Chair of WYEC, Bishop Arthur signed the WYEC covenant previously signed by Bishop David Konstant. The Mass was held, appropriately enough, in Holy Trinity Anglican More>>

October 20th, 2005 - New Ideas Wanted in West Leeds

Fr Patrick Wall was inspired to act when the Gospel recently was about invitations.

“I decided to open the subject up to include getting involved and asked the question of my parishioners are we doing enough and is there anything else we could be doing in the parish,” he said.

Fr Pat is More>>

October 17th, 2005 - Fr Ingwell Moves Into His New Parish

The Parish was delighted to welcome Bishop David Konstant to induct Father Ingwell as the new Parish Priest. The Bishop welcomed the representatives from other local churches and thanked them for coming. In his homily, Bishop Konstant spoke of the threefold responsibilities of the Parish Priest — More>>

October 17th, 2005 - An Interview From Rome

At the end of Bishop Arthur's first week as a participant in the Synod on the Eucharist, Phillipa Hitchings from 105live – Vatican Radio spoke to him about the way the Synod was going. More>>

October 11th, 2005 - Bishop Sends Message Of Support To Earthquake Communities

The world has been greatly saddened at the news of the devastation and loss of life caused by the earthquake in the Kashmiri parts of Pakistan and India as well as parts of Afghanistan. Much now needs to be done in order to relieve the suffering of those affected by this disaster and to help in More>>

October 7th, 2005 - Changes In The Arrangements Resulting From The Cathedral Closure

Dear Cathedral Parishioners,

Alternative Venue During Cathedral Closure

I am writing to you on behalf of Bishop Arthur who is participating in the Synod on the Eucharist at this time.

St. John’s Church was selected for use during the closure of the More>>

October 7th, 2005 - Death of Fr. Patrick Henry

Father Henry, who was 80, studied for the priesthood at All Hallows’ College, Dublin, where he was ordained on 19th June 1949.

He was a Curate at the Holy Family, Leeds, between September 1949 and October1949; St Catherine’s, Sheffield between 1949 and 1954; Christ the King, Bramley, More>>

October 1st, 2005 - Bishop Arthur prepares for Rome

Bishop Arthur will spend three weeks in Rome at the personal invitation of Pope Benedict to supplement the Bishops delegation. “I am sure I have been invited due to my work with the International Commission for English in the Liturgy (ICEL),” he said.

"Our group includes bishops from such More>>

September 29th, 2005 - Papal Nuncio celebrates with the Carmelites

Wherever he goes in the world, Archbishop Sainz – Munoz said he loves to spend time with contemplative orders because he believes everyone, whether in religious orders or not, could learn the value of quiet reflective time in a hectic world.

He said it was relevant to everyone to be reflective More>>

September 26th, 2005 - Mill Parish celebrates its centenary

CHILDREN in Birstall were asked to promise the Bishop that in another 50 years they would return to St Patrick’s church to celebrate it’s next major landmark, as parishioners gathered for its centenary recently.

He told them he wouldn’t be around for More>>

September 23rd, 2005 - Bishop Arthur Blesses New Friary In Bradford

Five brothers from the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal will be based at the Sedgfield Terrace site, a former Convent, most recently used by the Order of Divine Love. Two of them are British, while two are from the United States where the Order was founded in 1987 by Capuchin friars.

Bishop More>>

September 16th, 2005 - Medal for man who worked for Peru

As the Mass opened he said he was pleased to be there so that he could thank all those people who worked hard to help support the mission in Peru; not only the sisters and the priests who worked out there but also all those people who gave of their time and money so freely to help the workers in More>>

September 13th, 2005 - Founder of Uppermill Parish Dies

Members of the Society of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (of which he was a prominent member), relatives and friends. Mgr. Michael McQuinn VG represented the Diocese of Leeds.

Fr. Scriven had died peacefully on Thursday 1st September in St Joseph's Care Home Mt Desert, Cork after a long More>>

September 12th, 2005 - Accolade for Bishop Roche

The appointment was made by Pope Benedict XVI and is a fantastic accolade for the Batley born bishop. Bishop Arthur said of the appointment; "I am very honoured, as Chairman of ICEL, to be asked by the Holy Father to participate in this important Synod on the Eucharist. It speaks of the regard More>>

September 10th, 2005 - Canon Stephen Corbally. 1914-2005

Born in Selby on 19th January 1914, Stephen Corbally trained for the priesthood at St Cuthbert’s College, Ushaw, and was ordained priest at Leeds Cathedral in 1945.

His first appointment was as a Curate at St Theresa’s, Leeds, between 1945 and 1952. He also served as a Curate in St More>>

September 6th, 2005 - Diocesan Pilgrimage To Walsingham

Saturday’s annual pilgrimage to England’s national shrine to our Lady was bathed in glorious, warm sunlight. Several coaches had set out early to ferry pilgrims to Walsingham in Norfolk. Other pilgrims spent the weekend in the area staying at the Pilgrim Bureau or the Sue Ryder More>>

September 2nd, 2005 - Providing Priests For The People - Bradford Deaneries


A DVD has been prepared to describe the issues and challenges facing the Catholic Church in Bradford.  It features footage of all our church and related properties highlighting some of the challenges of maintaining and funding the provision we make. It also More>>

August 12th, 2005 - Clergy Summer Moves

The Bishop has accepted the retirement of Canon Hugh Barr (pictured right) and Fr. Bernard Ratlidge

The following were appointed Parish Priests:
Fr. Neil Byrne,                        St Joseph's, Harrogate
Fr. John Carter                       St More>>

August 11th, 2005 - GERMANY HERE WE COME

After months of planning by the Youth Team of Fr Kelly and Anna Cowell they were ready to set off for Germany. They all arrived early to check in and make sure they had all their documents. Then there was time to meet up with new friends and plan just who they would sit with on the marathon bus More>>

August 10th, 2005 - Meeting of ICEL

Bishop Roche as Chairman of ICEL (The International Committee for English in the Liturgy) chaired one of the quarterly meetings from August 8th to 12th at Hinsley Hall, this year. The Bishops had chosen to meet at Hinsley, as a number of them were then to travel on to Germany for World Youth More>>

August 8th, 2005 - World Youth Day 2005

From the 10-22nd August, 120 young people from the Leeds Diocese will join up with a million young people from all over the world in responding to the invitation of Pope John Paul II to gather together as young Catholics for the 20th World Youth Day.

World Youth Day is an opportunity for More>>

August 8th, 2005 - Diocesan Recruitment Drive for Evangelisation

The Catholic Agency to Support Evangelisation (CASE) is hoping to recruit people from every background for what it describes as the most important job in England and Wales. There are currently a wide variety of evangelisation opportunities nationally which have yet to be taken up. Mgr Keith More>>

July 31st, 2005 - DAY OF JOY FOR DIOCESE

For the two men it was the culmination of many years of studying and soul searching as they took the journey from laymen to priests. But both agreed it was the happiest day of their lives and more than met expectations. Both told me afterwards that they had felt called to the priesthood from an More>>

July 28th, 2005 - St Augustine’s Marks Its Centenary

For weeks the people of the Parish had been preparing the Church and Hall for the occasion by rolling their sleeves up and not just cleaning the Church up but painting it as well along with the Hall. “ Not a penny was paid,” said Fr Kelly the Parish Priest “ all the work was done for free.” Along More>>

July 27th, 2005 - Fifty years and celebrating

They enlisted the help of Mgr Bryan Sharp’s Australian relatives and sister, Carol, and her family, to fill in missing details to remind the former Bradford lad of his numerous achievements as a priest in the Diocese of Leeds. And to make sure he didn’t forget too many of the details many More>>

July 21st, 2005 - Bishop Arthur Dedicates Stained Glass Window

It was one of many social events planned to celebrate 40 years which included a re-union and various dinners. But on a more serious note the Bishop of Leeds was more than happy to dedicate a stained glass window in the chapel after he had celebrated Mass with staff and pupils, past and More>>

July 20th, 2005 - 40th Anniversary Mass in a Walled Garden

The Principal Celebrant was Fr Sean Gilligan who was joined by 10 other priests, former Chaplains and Parish Priests in the Deanery. Nearly 100 invited guests including The Mayor of Keighley Councillor Tony Wright a former pupil of the school and his Deputy Councillor Graham Mitchell who also has More>>

July 15th, 2005 - Bishop Arthur Joins Friday Prayers

They met first of all at Dewsbury Minster and were joined by representatives from the Muslim community as well as local Christians from most denominations in the town. After a short service of prayer led by Bishop Robinson, the local MP, Shahid Malik, spoke on behalf of the Muslim community. He More>>

July 14th, 2005 - Bishop Arthur leads two mintues silence in Leeds

Marking the national two minutes silence to commemorate those who died in last Thursday’s London terror bombings they proved that Leeds is still a diverse religious city devoid of sectarian prejudice or racism and heard Bishop Roche call on them to pick up the challenge of proving their More>>

July 13th, 2005 - Joint Church Leaders' Press Statement

Today’s meeting brought together the members and the representatives of the faith leaders of Leeds and the civic and local community representatives of this city. In one sense, apart from the extraordinary circumstances that have brought us together today, it is a continuation of a relationship More>>

July 13th, 2005 - Bishop meets the people of Leeds

Bishop Roche spent today, Wednesday 13th of July, meeting members of the Leeds Community. He first of all went down to Burley Road where property had been raided and upwards of 500 residents had been made homless overnight. He spoke to local residents, the media and members of the emergency More>>


Just as he was about to leave he was asked if he would just mind unveiling a small gift that was on the table in the Cathedral Hall. He was surprised when he did so to find a picture of the Pope painted in oils by Brother Francis- one of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal from Bradford. He was More>>


The money is needed because the Cathedral is in need of repair and also to bring it up to date. There is need for a new heating system and new lighting. Some of the side chapels need urgent work on them as does the sanctuary Reredos. The Stations of the Cross and the Baptistery need restoration More>>


In a statement he said: “I offer my prayers for all those caught up in this appalling tragedy in London and to the friends and relatives of those who have been killed. As someone who worked as a bishop in London, I know of the character and resilience of Londoners. This was an indiscriminate and More>>

June 30th, 2005 - Mass Support for Rally

The destination of the people on board will be the Rally ‘Make Poverty History’ in Edinburgh. They will join up with people from all over the country in an effort to make the leaders of the World, who are gathering for the G8 conference, aware that people think that steps can be taken now to put More>>

June 30th, 2005 - Day For Life

The Annual Day for Life was called for by Pope John Paul II. He wanted to encourage a greater awareness within the Church of the crucial importance of the Church’s teaching on the gift of life. The theme this year celebrates that gift in the lives of older people, and the witness the Church More>>

June 27th, 2005 - St Michael's College Centenary

But coupled with the shouts of recognition and swapping of old jokes was a poignant reminder that at the end of this term the school will close and no new pupils will start as St Michael’s is acquired by Mount St Mary’s.

Old boys travelled from as far away as Australia to shake hands More>>

June 24th, 2005 - A Week of Celebration

A full Church heard the Bishop sketch out the early years of the Parish when it was served by the Jesuits from both Wakefield and Pontefract and that was as far back as 1867. The present celebrations are however to mark the centenary of the Parish Church. It was under Fr Frederick Herfkens that the More>>

June 15th, 2005 - Cardinal calls for support for rally

Together with the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor will lead the rally, which is calling on the leaders of the G8 wealthiest nations to meet the Millennium Development Goals. The MDGs are pledges made by the G8 to halve world poverty by More>>

June 14th, 2005 - A New Deacon For The Diocese

St Cuthbert’s Chapel was full as Bishop, Priests and fellow students made their way in, in procession, to join the family and friends of the three to be ordained. The entrance Hymn of ‘Be thou my vision’ rang out with Organ and Brass; later we were to get violin and guitar to accompany other More>>

June 9th, 2005 - Birthday Book For Bishop David

Bishop Roche paid tribute to the work done by Bishop David and brought him greetings from friends who were unable to be present, as well as welcoming all those who had gathered and acknowledged some of them for the work they had done to produce a special book of essays in honour of Bishop David. More>>

June 4th, 2005 - Memorial Mass For Mgr. Morgan V. Sweeney

Bishop David Konstant will preside at a special Memorial Mass for Mgr. Sweeney which will be celebrated at St. Bede's Grammar School in Bradford. The Mass will commence at 12 noon and light refreshments will follow. The school would like an indication of numbers attending in order to prepare More>>

June 3rd, 2005 - Pope Honours Monsignor John Murphy

Mgr. John Murphy was taken by surprise at the Celebration of Priesthood on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart. One hundred priests and both Bishop Arthur and Bishop David had gathered in the Cathedral for this annual celebration which also honours those priests celebrating special jubilees in any More>>

May 26th, 2005 - Reflection For The Feast Of Corpus Christi

The feast of the Body and Blood of Christ is one of the major feasts of the Latin Christian Church and honours the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, following the injunction of our Lord in the gospels. Like many feasts, it has a humble beginning; originating in 1246 when the then More>>

May 25th, 2005 - Vatican Official Urges Halt to Cloning Technique

Bishop Elio Sgreccia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, sounded that warning Saturday on Vatican Radio. Echoing a report in The Times newspaper the day before, Vatican Radio explained that a team at Newcastle University, headed by Alison Murdoch and Miodrag Stojkovic, created three More>>

May 16th, 2005 - 50 Years At Greengates

Bishop Arthur took the opportunity to remind the congregation that the celebration was all about the people and their faith, but that they also faced a challenge in the 21st century to take that out and be courageous in their love of God and ensure it passed to the next generation.

“It is Jesus More>>

May 15th, 2005 - Diocesan Schools Receive A Lasting Reminder Of The Year Of The Eucharist

The Cathedral Nave was filled with colour as school groups from all corners of the diocese gathered in their uniforms. They knew that they were to receive a lasting momento from Bishop Arthur of the Eucharist but few had little idea that the framed picture would be so big or so heavy. In some More>>

May 15th, 2005 - Bishop Arthur's Pentecost Sermon

We include here an extract of Bishop Arthur's Pentecost homily together with link to the complete homily.

The gospel shows us Jesus' gentle way of teaching his disciples – it is too much for you to understand now, we hear him say, but when the Holy Spirit comes he will lead you More>>

May 11th, 2005 - Clergy Study New General Instruction Of The Roman Missal

Each year the clergy of the diocese gather for a plenary conference. This being the Year of the Eucharist it was very approporiate to study the new General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM). This has been made available in English by the Bishops' Conference together with a booklet entitled More>>

May 11th, 2005 - 125 Years In Bingley

More than 200 people, including visitors from the neighbouring Anglican community, crammed into the small church hidden among the terraces and close to the nearby primary school to listen to the Bishop tell them how exciting it was for a church to celebrate it’s 125th anniversary. More More>>

May 5th, 2005 - Monsignor Morgan V. Sweeney MA, MEd, Prot. Ap

Monsignor Sweeney was born in Sheffield on 27th September 1912 and studied for the priesthood at St Cuthbert’s College, Ushaw. He was ordained priest in Leeds on 31st March 1940.

He served as a curate in the parish of Holy Rosary, Leeds, (April – September 1940) and then completed further studies More>>

May 4th, 2005 - A Reminder To Those Newly Baptised Or Received Into The Church

On the First Sunday of Lent Bishop Arthur presided at the Rite of Election and welcomed 40 new converts to Christianity and 40 new members of the Catholic Church. The Cathedral was full for the occasion. At Easter Vigils around the Diocese these converts were baptised or received into the Catholic More>>

May 4th, 2005 - Diocesan Schools Gather In Cathedral To Celebrate Year Of The Eucharist

Over 90 schools were able to join Bishop Arthur in the Cathedral on the Feast of the English Martyrs, May 4th. He had invited them to join with him in celebrating the Year of the Eucharist. Conducted by the Assistant Director of Music, Chris McElroy, the choir of St. Joseph's Primary School, More>>

April 26th, 2005 - Good Shepherd Collection

Each school came with their school banner and a cheque for the money they had raised for the Good Shepherd collection. They had collected the money throughout Lent with a number of different activities to give to the Catholic Care charity which looks after children and vulnerable adults in the More>>

April 20th, 2005 - Bishop Welcomes Election Of Pope Benedict During Choral Vespers

The Order of Service planned was hastily amended when news of the Pope's election was received and it was truly fitting that the Radio 3's regular Wednesday broadcast of Evening Prayer should come from a Catholic Cathedral the day following Pope Benedict's Election.

The Cathedral Adult and More>>

April 20th, 2005 - Pope Benedict's First Address

"Grace and peace in abundance to all of you! In my soul there are two contrasting sentiments in these hours. On the one hand, a sense of inadequacy and human turmoil for the responsibility entrusted to me yesterday as the Successor of the Apostle Peter in this See of Rome, with regard to the More>>

April 19th, 2005 - New Pope

The new Pope is an oustanding Theologian and worked as an expert at the Second Vatican Council. Bishop Roche issued the following statement on the news: "I am absolutely delighted at the news of the election of our new Holy Father. Pope Benedict is well known and deeply respected. The fact that More>>

April 14th, 2005 - Diocesan Pilgrimage To Lourdes 2005

Diocesan Pilgrimage To Lourdes 2005


July 2nd-7th 2005 by Air from Leeds/Bradford Airport or Overland by Coach

The pilgrimage offers a full spiritual programme led by Bishop Arthur. Sick pilgrims are at the heart of the More>>

April 7th, 2005 - Solemn Requiem Mass For Pope John Paul

Bishop Arthur Roche was joined by Bishop Emeritus, David Konstant, many clergy and a host of people from the whole diocese for the Solemn Requiem Mass for Pope John Paul. Polish children came in national costume and Polish Scouts proudly wore their uniforms. School groups in their school uniforms More>>

April 6th, 2005 - Ecumenical Vespers Following The Death Of Pope John Paul

The Catholic community was greatly honoured by many civic and religious leaders, who at very short notice, responded to Bishop Arthur's invitation to join him in prayer and tribute for Pope John Paul.

Civic guests were led by the Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire, Dr. Ingrid Roscoe, and included More>>

April 2nd, 2005 - Bishop Arthur 's Appreciation of Pope John Paul's Life

When John Paul II was elected Pope on 16 October 1978, few people outside the former Soviet Bloc had ever heard of him. Following the sudden and unexpected death of his predecessor, Pope John Paul I (who had only survived 33 days), Pope John Paul II faced the world beyond the Iron Curtain as a More>>

April 2nd, 2005 - Bishop David Konstant's Tribute To Pope John Paul

Click below to hear a snippet from this homily

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My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

There are a few days in our lives that for one reason or another are imprinted on our memories. We More>>

March 24th, 2005 - The Easter Triduum With Bishop Arthur

Maundy Thursday.

The Cathedral Choir led the singing as Bishop Arthur accompanied by five priests and two deacons celebrated the Mass of the Lord's Supper. Following the Gospel of the Foot Washing, twelve members of the congregation came forward to have their feet washed by More>>

March 23rd, 2005 - Bishop Arthur Holds Up Oscar Romero As A Model For His Priests

Our diocesan website has carried significant sermons from Bishop Arthur in their entirety. In a new departure we will from time to time carry significant snippets rather than whole sermons in order to make these sermons more accessible to visitors of our website with limited time. Full copies of More>>

March 20th, 2005 - Invitation To Life In The Spirit Weekend

Come and be renewed by the Spirit!

“In our own age, then, we are called anew by the ever ancient and ever new faith of the Church, to draw near to the Holy Spirit as the giver of life.” (Pope John Paul II)

Fr. Fio Mascarenhas, SJ is a Jesuit priest from More>>

March 20th, 2005 - Palm Sunday Celebrations In Leeds City Centre

Choirs from the Cathedral and Leeds Parish Church gathered in Millennium Square, Leeds, for the Blessing of Palms. They were joined members of the congregations of both churches. The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Christopher Townsley, accompanied by his wife Margaret, were on the steps of Civic More>>

March 16th, 2005 - Bishop Arthur Inugurates

After the final Lenten Lectio Divina of 2005, Bishop Arthur joined the young participants in Cathedral Hall and introduced them to the new localised edition of the already established website. is a christian website carrying news, reviews, information, forums etc. which many young More>>

March 16th, 2005 - Fifth Lenten Lectio Divina For Young People

A characteristically enthusiastic crowd of young people came together around Bishop Arthur to pray, share the scriptures and adore the Lord present in the Eucharist. Once, again we offer a link to those who wish to be enriched by the various reflections but were unable to come to the Cathedral. More>>

March 12th, 2005 - Celebration Of The Council Of Laity

Members of the Council of Laity gathered from all corners of the Diocese for a carefully prepared Liturgy to celebrate the achievements of four years work. Representatives from the sixteen deaneries of the Diocese each lit a candle placed on the altar. Scripture readings and prayers aided the More>>

March 9th, 2005 - Fourth Lenten Lectio Divina

Two hundred youngsters gathered in the Cathedral to reflect on the Gospel of the Transfiguration and take part in Eucharistic Adoration.

Click here to listen to Bishop Arthur's introductory words of welcome:


March 3rd, 2005 - Bishop Blesses New Buildings At Notre Dame

In his opening words Dr. Adlard thanked the Bishop for making time to be with them and pointed out that this was the start of a new phase of the College’s life, building on the work started by Mr. Metcalfe.

Bishop Roche in his opening remarks thanked all those who had made it possible for the More>>

March 2nd, 2005 - Blessing Of Building Site At St. Wilfrid's Featherstone

A £7 million building programme has begun at St. Wilfrid's School in Featherstone. A large Sports Hall and 45 additional classrooms will transform school facilities for pupils and staff. The Chief Education Officer of Wakefield Metropolitan Council, Mr. John McCloud, led the delegation from the More>>

March 2nd, 2005 - Third Lenten Lectio Divina

Following the format of previous weeks, visitors to the website can share the experience of the young people in our Cathedral as they join Bishop Arthur in a Lenten Journey focusing on the Eucharist.

Click here to listen to the Bishop's Introduction


February 26th, 2005 - Diocese Prays For Holy Father

The Bishop asks the Diocese to pray for Pope John Paul. He said:

"It is clear that the whole world is watching and praying as the Holy Father recovers in hospital. In the official bulletin that was issued by the Vatican, it is reported that when the Pope returned to his room, after his More>>

February 26th, 2005 - Bishop Arthur Meets With Women Religious

Religious Sisters from all corners of the Diocese joined for a day of recollection at Hinsley Hall. Two speakers gave inputs including Bishop Arthur. Taking his cue from the Year of the Eucharist his talk focused on the theme "Eucharist and Community". This was followed by a "question and answer" More>>

February 23rd, 2005 - Second Gathering For Lectio Divina

This year the Lenten Lectio Divina reflections take their cue from the Year of the Eucharist and are all focusing on an aspect of the Eucharist. This week's theme was "The Eucharist: Gift of Communion". The reading chosen for the reflection was from St. Paul's first letter to the Corinthians More>>

February 16th, 2005 - Young People Gather For Lectio Divina

At the first of the five Lenten Lectio Divina gatherings, young people from many corners of the diocese reflected on the eucharistic sermon of Jesus found in John chapter 6.  Following the Bishop's words of welcome, the gospel passage was read several times and the young people wrote down their More>>

February 14th, 2005 - Solemn Profession Of Carmelite Sister

A former Anglican nun of 30 years was professed as a Carmelite nun on Monday after admitting that Cilla Black and Elvis Presley helped her find faith.

Sister Pamela of the Divine was professed by the Bishop Arthur while the Anglican bishops of Sheffield and Bradford watched one of their More>>

February 13th, 2005 - Cathedral Hosts Rite Of Election

The nave of the Cathedral was packed on Sunday afternoon 13th February. A special celebration took place which was being replicated in Cathedrals up and down the land. Those who have been preparing to become full members of the Catholic Church were formally presented to the Bishop.

After More>>

February 11th, 2005 - Our Lady Of Lourdes, Leeds, Marks Golden Jubilee

Friday, February 11th, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, was a suitable occasion for a splendid celebration to mark 50 years of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Leeds. Bishop Arthur presided over the celebrations and he was joined by a number of priests who had served in the parish and a number of More>>

February 10th, 2005 - Young People's Lectio Divina 2005

Once again, Bishop Arthur is leading the young people of the diocese in a Lenten Journey. Starting on Wednesday 16th February, young people are invited to the Cathedral in Leeds for Scriptural Reflection and Prayer. Bishop Arthur himself will lead this prayer, called Lectio Divina.

The More>>

February 5th, 2005 - Bishop Arthur's Pastoral Letter For The Lenten Season

Click on link to listen to Bishop Arthur's Pastoral Letter

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Wednesday marks the More>>

January 18th, 2005 - New Book On The History Of Catholicism In Ilkley And Addingham

From the 16th to the 19th century, the Middeltons of Myddelton Lodge sustained the Catholic faith in the face of hostile litigation and cruel repression. Often in danger of death and at great financial cost they housed Benedictine chaplains and provided a chapel and school. Fifty years after More>>

January 14th, 2005 - A New Initiative - Bishop's First Pastoral Letter To Young People

My dear young people,

Once again we come to the beginning of another year and I want to share with you some thoughts as you return to your schools and colleges. The new year is often a time when we look back over the past twelve months. I know that some memories will bring you deep suffering More>>

January 13th, 2005 - Bishop O'Brien Buried At Middlesbrough Cathedral

St. Mary's Cathedral, Middlesbrough, was full to capacity for Bishop Kevin's funeral. His body had previously been taken to his former parish of St. Charles, Hull and finally brought to Middlesbrough for internment in the new crypt set aside for Middlesbrough's bishops outside the main entrance to More>>

January 4th, 2005 - Bishop Thanks His People

At this moment in excess of £300,000 has been given to the Appeal the Bishop mandated at the weekend. This figure will go on rising since some churches are holding their collection next week and some have not, as yet, got round to being able to bank the money they did collect. At the same time, More>>

December 28th, 2004 - Death of Bishop Kevin O'Brien, former priest of the Diocese

Tribute paid by Bishop John Crowley of Middlesbrough on the occasion of Bishop Kevin's 80th birthday.

Funeral arrangements are as More>>

December 25th, 2004 - Bishop Arthur's Christmas Homilies

Click here for Bishop Arthur's homily from Midnight Mass:

Click here for a link to Bishop Arthur's homily given on Christmas Morning: More>>

December 19th, 2004 - Bishop Arthur Ordains New Deacon

St. Anne’s Cathedral 11.00am Mass, Sunday morning 19th December, was the setting for Bishop Arthur’s first ordination to the Diaconate. David Murray of St. Edward’s Parish, Clifford, was the first man Bishop Arthur has ordained a deacon following his completion of the pre-ordination More>>

December 16th, 2004 - Priests Lead By Example And Head For Confession

Bishop Arthur presided at a special Advent Penitential Service held in the church of Sts. Peter and Paul at Sandal in Wakefield. Around 40 -50 priests gathered for the occasion held on Thursday morning, 16th December. A number of confessors had been arranged who came either from the religious More>>

December 10th, 2004 - Bishop Arthur Presents CCRS Certificates

On Thursday evening December 2nd, Bishop Arthur presented Certificates to those who have recently successfully completed the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies. The presentation ceremony took place in the chapel of Hinsley Hall and a number of the course tutors were able to be More>>

December 10th, 2004 - Bishop Arthur Inducts Mgr. Philip Moger

First Martyrs Church in Heaton, Bradford, was full to capacity for the induction on Friday evening, December 3rd, of its new parish priest. Unusually, Mgr. Philip Moger was inducted by the Bishop with the Bishop Emeritus concelebrating the Mass. This was because, prior to his appointment to First More>>

December 10th, 2004 - Sabbatical Rest For Mgr. Holroyd

A special celebration was held at Hinsley Hall on the afternoon of Friday 3rd. December. It was held to thank Mgr. Philip Holroyd for his time at the helm of the Diocesan Religious Education Team, as an Episcopal Vicar and as Director of Hinsley Hall. Mgr. Philip Holroyd is commencing a short More>>

December 6th, 2004 - Annual Financial Report of the Leeds Diocesan Trust

A message from Bishop Arthur Roche....

My Dear People,

You will find below the annual accounts of our Diocese. Please take a little time to see how we are managing our resources. I am very grateful to our Finance Department for producing such a straightforward overview of our More>>

December 4th, 2004 - Bishop writes letter to the people of St Marie's, Halifax

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

All of us were very shocked to wake up on Tuesday morning and learn that Father Michael Ingwell had been so savagely attacked in his presbytery.  It was a remarkable grace that despite his injuries he was able to summon help.  I was able to visit More>>

November 24th, 2004 - Menwith Hill Hold A Memorial Mass For Fr. Pat O'Lenny

The Parishioners of Holy Family Parish on the USAF Base at Menwith Hill gathered on Friday 3rd December for a special Memorial Mass for their former Chaplain, Fr. Pat O’Lenny who died suddenly on 22nd November. Fr. John Marsh, Fr. Pat’s successor at the Base, presided at the Mass and was joined by More>>

November 20th, 2004 - Bishop Roche's Grant of Arms Explained

It is nearly eight months since Bishop Arthur Roche succeeded as Ninth Bishop of Leeds. Visitors to the Cathedral will have noted that Bisho