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Rt. Reverend David Konstant


David Konstant


Personal: Born June 16th 1930, London, England; Son of the late Antoine and Dulcie Marion Beresford Konstant (née Leggatt)

Studies: St Edmund’s College, Old Hall Green, Ware, Hertfordshire; Christ’s College, Cambridge (MA); University Of London, Institute of Education (PGCE)

Ordained Priest: June 12th 1954 by Cardinal Bernard Griffin 
Ordained Bishop: April 25th 1977 by Cardinal Basil Hume OSB

Auxiliary Bishop In Westminster 1977 -1985; Eight Bishop Of Leeds 1985 – 2004

Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Leeds Metropolitan University, 22nd July 2004
Awarded Honorary Doctorate of the University of Bradford, 19th July 2006


1954 Cambridge Technical College & School of Arts 
1955 Christ’s College, Cambridge 
1958 University Of London, Institute of Education 
1959 Assistant Teacher, Cardinal Vaughan School, Kensington, London 
1966 Diocesan Adviser on Religious Education 
1967 Acting Head teacher, St. Michael’s Stevenage
1970 Director, Westminster Religious Education Centre 
1977 Auxiliary Bishop In Westminster (Bishop in Central London) with the Titular See of Betagbara 
1985 Eighth Bishop Of Leeds; Appointed 25th July; Installed 25th September 
2004 Retired 7th April

Other Appointments

1978-1998 Chairman of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales Department for Catholic Education and Formation (formerly Department of Catechetics then Department for Christian Doctrine and Formation)

1980-1990 Episcopal Advisor to the Catholic Teachers’ Federation

1984-1996 Chairman, Oxford and Cambridge Catholic Education Board

1987-1993 Member, International Editorial Committee for the Catechism of the Catholic Church

1991-1998 Chairman, Catholic Education Service

1982-2004 Episcopal Adviser to the Catholic Institute for International Affairs

1985-2004 Member of the Standing Committee, Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

1999-2004 Chairman, Department for International Affairs and Committee for International Justice and Peace, Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales


1967 A Syllabus of Religious Instruction for Catholic Primary Schools (ed) (Burns & Oates) 1968 A Syllabus of Religious Instruction for Catholic Secondary Schools (ed) (Burns & Oates)

1970 Beginnings (with John Cumming) (Burns & Oates)

1975 A Liturgy Of Life (Ed) (Mayhew McCrimmon)

1975 A Liturgy Of Sorrow (Ed) (Mayhew McCrimmon)

1976 Forgiveness (with Dolores Dodgson) (Mayhew McCrimmon)

1976 A Penitent’s Prayer Book (Mayhew McCrimmon)

1976 Bidding Prayers For The Church’s Year (Ed) (Mayhew McCrimmon)

1976 Religious Education for Catholic Secondary Schools: The First Three Years (Search Press: MacMillan Education)

1981 Jesus Christ: The Way, The Truth, The Life (Collins) (Published as two titles: Praying the Rosary 1985, and Praying The Gospel, 1996)

2000 The Faith of the Catholic Church: A Summary (Ed) (CTS) (Also published by Veritas, 2000; Novalis, 2001; Arrupe Publications, 2002; Twenty-Third Publications, 2002)

2001 Jesus Christ: The Way, The Truth, The Life (revised and expanded edition) (McCrimmons)

2006 The Mysteries of the Rosary ( McCrimmons)

2008 Bread Broken: journey through the Cross ( McCrimmons ); DVD published 2009

2009 Post Scripts: Some Pieces from Yorkshire ( PBK Publications )