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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham is one of the principal Latin-rite Catholic administrative divisions of England and Wales in the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. The archdiocese covers an area of 3,373 square miles (8,740 km2), encompassing Staffordshire, the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and much of Oxfordshire as well as Caversham in Berkshire. The metropolitan see is in the City of Birmingham at the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of Saint Chad. The metropolitan province includes the suffragan dioceses of Clifton and Shrewsbury.

Archdiocese of Birmingham

Archidioecesis Birminghamiensis
Coat of Arms of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham.svg
Coat of arms of the Archdiocese of Birmingham
Country England
TerritoryCounties of Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire
Ecclesiastical provinceBirmingham
Area8,735 km2 (3,373 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2015)
443,300 (8.9%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteLatin Rite
Established29 September 1850
(As Diocese of Birmingham)
28 October 1911
(As Archdiocese of Birmingham)
CathedralMetropolitan Cathedral Church of Saint Chad, Birmingham
Secular priests260
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopMost Rev. Bernard Longley
Auxiliary Bishops
Vicar GeneralVery Rev. Mgr. Timothy Menezes VG
Episcopal Vicars
  • Very Rev. Fr Stephen Wright
  • Sr Anna O'Connor SP
Judicial VicarVery Rev. Fr Joseph McLoughlin
Bishops emeritusRt Rev. Philip Pargeter
The Archdiocese of Birmingham within the Province of Birmingham
The Archdiocese of Birmingham within the Province of Birmingham

The Archbishop is Bernard Longley, who was named the ninth Archbishop of Birmingham on 1 October 2009. He succeeds the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols (2000–09). Bishop Longley was installed as Archbishop of Birmingham at the Metropolitan Cathedral and Basilica of Saint Chad on 8 December 2009, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and one of the patronal feasts of the Archdiocese, St Chad being the other.


Erected as the Vicariate Apostolic of the Midlands District in 1688, the vicariate grew very slowly until the advent of the industrial revolution. In response to the large growth the name was changed in 1840 to the Vicariate Apostolic of Central District and a new vicariate created out of the eastern district.

Finally, in September 1850, the vicariate was elevated to a full diocese, as the Diocese of Birmingham, along with the Diocese of Nottingham and the Diocese of Shrewsbury. The diocese was then suffragan to the Archdiocese of Westminster.

The Diocese of Birmingham was elevated to archdiocese status on 28 October 1911.

Diocesan boundariesEdit

The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, has overall episcopal oversight of the diocese. The diocese is divided into three pastoral areas, each of which are headed by an area bishop and contain a number of deaneries. The pastoral area scheme was established under Archbishop Vincent Nichols on 10 January 2006.

  • Central and Western Pastoral Area (Area Bishop: vacant)

Birmingham Cathedral, Birmingham East, Birmingham North, Birmingham South, Kidderminster, Worcester

  • Northern Pastoral Area (Area Bishop: The Right Reverend David McGough)

Dudley, Lichfield, North Staffordshire, Stafford, Walsall, Wolverhampton

  • Southern Pastoral Area (Area Bishop: The Right Reverend William Kenney)

Banbury, Coventry, Oxford North, Oxford South, Rugby, Warwick


Vicars Apostolic of the Midland DistrictEdit

Vicars Apostolic of the Central DistrictEdit

Bishops of BirminghamEdit

  • William Bernard Ullathorne, O.S.B. (1850-1888)
  • Edward Ilsley (1888-1911)

Archbishops of BirminghamEdit

See alsoEdit