In this section, you will find profiles of our diocesan bishops, retired bishops as well as the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain - the Holy Father's representative in the UK. We also have profiles for the Catholic Bishop of the Forces, the Syro-Malabar Eparch, the Ukrainian Eparch, the Falklands Prefect and the Bishop of Gibraltar.
There are 22 dioceses in England and Wales led by an Ordinary (a bishop). A diocesan bishop is given the authority by the Pope to exercise his pastoral function over his local diocese.
The Apostolic Nuncio represents the Holy Father to the Church in the UK. His role is equivalent to that of an ambassador, representing the Holy See to the UK Government - the Apostolic Nuncio to the Court of St. James's.
The Roman Catholic Bishopric of the Forces differs from any other diocese in that it is not aligned along geographical boundaries but encompasses anywhere in the world that United Kingdom military personnel are serving or deployed.
On 15 January 2011, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published a Decree which formally established a ‘Personal Ordinariate’ in England and Wales for groups of Anglican faithful and their clergy who wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.