In 1850 Pope Pius IX announced the restoration of the English and Welsh hierarchy in the Apostolic Letter Universalis Ecclesiae. He created thirteen new dioceses including the Diocese of Beverley and Dr John Briggs became its first Bishop. In 1878 the Diocese of Beverley was divided into the Diocese of Leeds and the Diocese of Middlesbrough. Bishop Robert Corthwaite, the then Bishop of Beverley, became the first Bishop of Leeds.
David Every Konstant
Born in London, 16th June 1930; ordained priest on 12th June 1954 by Cardinal Bernard Griffin; ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster by Cardinal Basil Hume OSB, 25th April 1977; appointed Bishop of Leeds on 23rd July 1985; installed as Bishop of Leeds on 25th September 1985. Retired 7th April 2004. Died 9th October 2016 and buried at Leeds Cathedral.