Please join us online this Friday (9 Oct) to witness the ordination of two new Bishops on the Feast of St John Henry Newman.

Canon David Evans and Canon Stephen Wright will be ordained Bishops by Archbishop Bernard Longley at St Chad’s Cathedral.

They will serve as Auxiliary Bishops in the Archdiocese.

Bishop David Evans will have pastoral responsibility for the four Deaneries of Birmingham and the two Deaneries of Worcestershire.

Bishop Stephen Wright will have pastoral responsibility for the Deaneries of Staffordshire and the Black Country.

Everybody is most welcome to join the livestream broadcast at 12noon.

Please pray for our two new Bishops as they take up their new roles.

This Friday’s Feast of St John Henry Newman will be marked for the first time since his Canonisation by Pope Francis on Sunday 13 October 2019.

A number of special events are set to be held across the Archdiocese in connection with the Feast of St John Henry Newman including…

St Margaret Mary, at Perry Common in Birmingham, is hosting a celebration of Mass on Friday at 7.30pm.  Celebrated by Fr Peter Conley, previously of Christ the King, Kingstanding, and Our Lady of the Assumption, Maryvale.  

A Mass with live streaming to all schools in the St John Henry Newman Cluster (Churches of Holy Trinity, Bilston; St Joseph, Darlaston; St Mary, Willenhall; St Joseph, Wolverhampton) will take place on Friday at 10am.

The schools will be tuning in from their classrooms and pupils will deliver the readings and bidding prayers and a special reflection will be done by one school. 

A special display of heart to heart prayers from the school children will also adorn the altar. 

Feast Day events at Newman University include a morning seminar and evening prayer.

Main picture: Canon David Evans, Archbishop Bernard Longley, Canon Stephen Wright