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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>>
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
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 www.thegoodshepherd.org.uk
Please click on the link to read the Bishop's
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
"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
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>>
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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>>
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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,
Bishop Marcus joined with students and staff to celebrate the newly established Blessed Peter Snow Catholic Academy
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
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.
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
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
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>>
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>>
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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>>
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
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
The Diocesan Year Book for 2015 is now on sale.
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.
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
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
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
November 25th, 2014 - Cardinal Nichols calls on Parliament to take a lead from Catholics
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
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
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
November 12th, 2014 - BISHOP ELECT CELEBRATES VESPERS
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
October 27th, 2014 - CONSECRATION OF THE NEW BISHOP
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
October 2nd, 2014 - CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF CATHOLIC ECUMENISM
The restoration of unity among all Christians is one of the principal concerns of the Second Vatican Council."The Second Vatican Council issued
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
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
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
July 27th, 2014 - NEW PRIEST'S FATHER IS DEACON AT ORDINATION
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
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
July 16th, 2014 - RELIGIOUS LEADERS SHOW UNITED FRONT
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
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
July 7th, 2014 - THERE IS NO PLACE IN THE CHURCH FOR ABUSERS
Vatican City, 7 July 2014 (VIS) - The following is the full text of the
"The scene where Peter
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,
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.
May 24th, 2014 - THE POPE RETURNS TO THE VATICAN AND SPEAKS TO JOURNALISTS ON THE FLIGHT
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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>>
March 4th, 2014 - CHURCH LEADERS STAND TOGETHER IN SUPPORT OF THE HUNGRY
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
November 29th, 2013 - Leeds Trinity Chaplaincy invites you.....
LEEDS TRINITY CHAPLAINCY LECTURE
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
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
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
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
October 24th, 2013 - Pope Francis addresses ICEL
Vatican City, October 18, 2013 (Zenit.org) |
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.
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I welcome the members and staff of the
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
June 11th, 2013 - BISHOP HEENAN AND THE LEEDS DIOCESE FEATURED IN NEW BIOGRAPHY
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
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
April 30th, 2013 - WEST YORKSHIRE CHURCH LEADERS PRESS GOVERNMENT ON TAX JUSTICE
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;
April 22nd, 2013 - YORKSHIRE CHURCH LEADERS LEARN ABOUT PEACEMAKING AT CORRMEELA
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,
April 18th, 2013 - ENGLISH BISHOPS MEET THE NEW POPE
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>>
March 28th, 2013 - THE CARDINAL CELEBRATES
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>>
March 18th, 2013 - FAITH AND LIGHT INTERNATIONAL
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>>
March 4th, 2013 - NEW POPE FRANCIS VISITS ST. MARY MAJOR, COLLECTS SUITCASES AND PAYS BILL AT HOTEL
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
March 2nd, 2013 - Cardinal Sodano Summons Cardinals to Rome
Vatican City, March 01, 2013 (Zenit.org) 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>>
February 27th, 2013 - BENEDICT XVI'S FINAL GENERAL AUDIENCE:
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 (Zenit.org) - 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
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
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
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
December 3rd, 2012 - THE KNIGHTS VISIT THE CATHEDRAL
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>>
November 30th, 2012 - A DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE MIDDLE EAST
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
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
October 8th, 2012 - GOLDEN CELEBRATIONS FOR ST WALBURGA'S, SHIPLEY
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
July 23rd, 2012 - ST WALBURGA'S CHURCH, SHIPLEY: GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS.
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
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>>
June 26th, 2012 - BISHOP ROCHE HEADS FOR ROME
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
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>>
June 20th, 2012 - CONCLUSION OF THE EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS, DUBLIN
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
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
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
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
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
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 March I wrote to the Queen offering her a message of loyalty and congratulations on
May 29th, 2012 - SEND FORTH YOUR SPIRIT
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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>>
March 6th, 2012 - INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS, DUBLIN
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: http://www.carenotkilling.org.uk/
The website is more interactive, easier to navigate and has
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
October 31st, 2011 - HISTORY DAY RECALLS HEROIC 19th CENTURY PRIESTS
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
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
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
October 14th, 2011 - BISHOP ARTHUR IS GREETED BY TWO SCHOOLS
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
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>>
October 8th, 2011 - CELEBRATING THE YEAR OF EDUCATION
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
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>>
October 4th, 2011 - BISHOP HAPPY TO ANSWER PUPILS QUESTIONS
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
June 30th, 2011 - Four New Monsignors Appointed
Pope Benedict has appointed four new Monsignors in the Diocese as Chaplains Of His Holiness.
June 24th, 2011 - TAKING THE LORD WITH US AS WE JOURNEY
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
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
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
June 22nd, 2011 - Fifty Years, Fifty Miles, Fifty Students
Bishop Arthur Joins Pilgrimage of Solidarity
Students from Leeds Catholic High
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
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
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
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
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
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>>
April 21st, 2011 - GATHERED IN UNITY AROUND THEIR BISHOP
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
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>>
April 4th, 2011 - CASTLEFORD'S CANON JOINS THE CHAPTER
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
April 4th, 2011 - FAREWELL TO PIONEERING MAN OF PROPERTY
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
December 2nd, 2010 - Pope Greets Baghdad Cathedral Attack Victims
VATICAN CITY, DEC. 1, 2010 (Zenit.org).- 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.
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
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
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>>
November 22nd, 2010 - GATHERING TO REMEMBER AND TO PRAY
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
November 16th, 2010 - HOLY SEE SENDS GREETINGS TO THE HINDU COMMUNITY
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
November 8th, 2010 - BREAD FOR BISHOP ARTHUR IN HALIFAX
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
September 23rd, 2010 - Reflections On A Journey
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As you know, I have just returned from my first More>>
September 20th, 2010 - MEETING WITH BISHOPS OF ENGLAND, WALES AND SCOTLAND
VATICAN CITY, 2010 (VIS) - Yesterday at 4.45 p.m. the Holy Father met
September 20th, 2010 - POPE THANKS BRITISH FOR WARM WELCOME AND HOSPITALITY
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>>
September 19th, 2010 - BEATIFICATION OF CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN
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'
September 18th, 2010 - PROGRESS IN MANY AREAS OF ANGLICAN-CATHOLIC DIALOGUE
At 3.40 p.m. yesterday the Holy Father
September 18th, 2010 - ECUMENICAL VESPERS IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY
At 7 p.m. yesterday the Pope arrived at
September 18th, 2010 - DEEP SORROW FOR INNOCENT VICTIMS OF CHILD ABUSE
VATICAN CITY, 18 SEP 2010 (VIS) - In the archbishop of Westminster's palace
September 17th, 2010 - A MEETING WITH THE RELIGIOUS
This morning the Holy Father travelled
September 17th, 2010 - 4,000 GREET THE POPE
At the end of his meeting with religious
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).
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?
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
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
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.
September 8th, 2010 - MESSAGE FROM THE POPE FOR HIS VISIT TO THE UNITED KINGDOM
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
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,
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
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
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.
July 7th, 2010 - CLERGY APPOINTMENTS FOR 2010
Bishop Roche has announced the following appointments for the Diocese:-
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>>
June 25th, 2010 - BISHOP'S SPEECH INSPIRES EDUCATORS
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 -
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>>
April 27th, 2010 - NEW PRINCIPAL CATHOLIC CHAPLAIN FOR RAF
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.'
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
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
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
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
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
March 20th, 2010 - Statement from Archbishop Nichols, president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, on the Pope's Pastoral Letter to the people of Ireland.
I welcome the strong leadership of the Holy Father in issuing this
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
February 1st, 2010 - FIRST NATIONAL CONGRESS FOR YOUTH LEADERS
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
December 22nd, 2009 - MIDNIGHT MASS LIVE FROM LEEDS CATHEDRAL
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
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
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
December 1st, 2009 - ROMAN CATHOLIC PRISON CHAPLAINS
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
November 16th, 2009 - BISHOP ROCHE WELCOMES HIS EXCELLENCY THE PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM
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
November 14th, 2009 - CELEBRATING SAINT JEANNE JUGAN
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>>
November 13th, 2009 - CIVIC CELEBRATION TO LAUNCH A NEW UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY IN LEEDS
Leeds Trinity University College honored a long-serving Leeds MP and a well-known author at a Civic Reception on Friday 13 November.
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
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
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
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
October 20th, 2009 - RE-OPENING OF THE NEWLY RESTORED CHURCH OF THE VENERABLE ENGLISH COLLEGE, ROME
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
October 6th, 2009 - NEW SISITERS FOR THE DIOCESE
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
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
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
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
September 25th, 2009 - DEDICATION OF THE ANNUNCIATION SHRINE OF THE MOTHER OF BRADFORD
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,
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
September 21st, 2009 - CEMETERY EXTENSION GIVEN BISHOP’S BLESSING
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
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