Francis Mostyn (archbishop of Cardiff)

Francis Mostyn (6 August 1860 – 25 October 1939) was a Welsh prelate who served in the Roman Catholic Church as the Archbishop of Cardiff from 1921 until his death in 1939.[1]

The Most Reverend

Francis Mostyn
Archbishop of Cardiff
ChurchRoman Catholic
Appointed7 March 1921
In office1921–1939
PredecessorJames Bilsborrow
SuccessorMichael McGrath
Ordination14 September 1884
Consecration14 September 1895
by Herbert Vaughan
RankMetropolitan Archbishop
Personal details
Born(1860-08-06)6 August 1860
Talacre, Flintshire, Wales
Died25 October 1939(1939-10-25) (aged 79)
Previous postVicar Apostolic of Wales (1895–1898)
Bishop of Menevia (1898–1921)
Styles of
Francis Mostyn
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Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Grace
Religious styleArchbishop


Francis Edward Joseph Mostyn was born in Talacre, Flintshire, Wales, the fourth son of Sir Pyers Mostyn, 8th Baronet (1811–1882; see Mostyn Baronets) and Frances Georgina (née Fraser; died 1899), a daughter of the 12th Lord Lovat. He was ordained to the priesthood on 14 September 1884. On 4 July 1895, he was appointed the first Vicar Apostolic of Wales and Titular Bishop of Ascalon by Pope Leo XIII.[1]

He received his episcopal consecration on the following 14 September 1895 (the ninth anniversary of his priestly ordination) from Cardinal Herbert Vaughan, with Bishops John Carroll and John Hedley, OSB, serving as co-consecrators.[1] He was later named Bishop of Menevia upon his vicariate's elevation to a diocese on 14 May 1898. On 7 March 1921, Mostyn was appointed Archbishop of Cardiff by Pope Benedict XV, leading the only Roman Catholic Archdiocese in Wales.[citation needed]


He died in 1939, aged 79, having served as archbishop for eighteen years.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Archbishop Francis Edward Joseph Mostyn". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 5 July 2011.[self-published source]

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Catholic Church titles
New title Vicar Apostolic of Wales
Last appointment
New title Bishop of Menevia
Succeeded by
Francis John Vaughan
Preceded by
James Romanus Bilsborrow
Archbishop of Cardiff
Succeeded by
Michael Joseph McGrath