New Bishop of Hallam to be installed

St Maries Catholic Cathedral in Sheffield
St Maries Catholic Cathedral in Sheffield
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A new bishop will be installed for the Roman Catholic diocese of Hallam in a special ceremony tomorrow.

Representatives of parishes and schools across the region will join civic dignitaries at a ceremony at St Marie’s Cathedral in Norfolk Row, Sheffield, where Bishop Ralph Heskett will formally succeed Bishop John Rawsthorne.

Bishop Heskett

Bishop Heskett

Bishop Ralph, aged 61, has been been the Bishop of Gibraltar and he takes over the role from Bishop John, who is retiring after 17 years.

Bishop John will still carry out pastoral work in his home patch of Liverpool.

The service takes place at 11am and will be preceded by a procession.

It will be attended by the Archbishop of Liverpool, the Most Rev Malcolm McMahon, and a papal nuncio who will read out the appointment.

Bishop John said: “There is a sense of joy and anticipation in welcoming a new Bishop and I rejoice in this moment.”

Bishop Ralph has visited the diocese since the announcement was made in May and led the annual Corpus Christi procession in Sheffield city centre.

Hallam has more than 60 churches and covers the whole of South Yorkshire and parts of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and is the smallest Catholic diocese in England.

Bishop Ralph was born in Sunderland in March 1953 and was ordained to the Priesthood on July 10, 1976.

He has served the Archdioceses of Liverpool and Southwark and in 1999 he was appointed Parish Priest of St Mary’s Clapham in South London where he remained until 2008.

Bishop Ralph was ordained seventh Bishop of Gibraltar on July 10, 2010 - one hundred years after the first.