Consecrations of two new Roman Catholic bishops

Canons David Evans and Stephen Wright were consecrated bishops by Archbishop Bernard Longley at St Chad’s Cathedral on Friday 9th October. The consecrations were originally to have taken place in June, but were postponed in response to the lockdown restrictions at the time.

Following the consecrations, Bishop David Evans take pastoral responsibility for the four Catholic Deaneries in Birmingham and the two in Worcestershire; Bishop Stephen Wright has pastoral responsibility for the Deaneries in Staffordshire and the Black Country.

The consecrations coincided with the Feast of St John Henry Newman, which was marked for the first time since Newman’s Canonisation by Pope Francis on Sunday 13 October 2019. A number of special events were held across the Archdiocese of Birmingham in connection with the Feast of St John Henry Newman.

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