Biography

Archbishop Bernard Longley

09/07/2015 7:32 pm

Archbishop Longley incense vespers

Archbishop of Birmingham

Archbishop Bernard was born in Manchester in 1955 and was educated at the Xaverian College in Rusholme, later studying at the Royal Northern College of Music and New College, Oxford.

He was ordained a priest in 1981 for the diocese of Arundel and Brighton serving as assistant priest in Epsom. Fr Bernard taught theology at St John’s Seminary in Wonersh becoming Surrey Chairman of the Diocesan Committee for Christian Unity in 1991.

This work for ecumenism is a strong theme in Archbishop Bernard’s life as in 1996 he became the National Ecumenical Officer for the Bishops’ Conference and in 1999 accepted the post of Moderator of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland’s Steering Committee.

He was consecrated bishop on 24 January 2003 (titular see of Zarna), and served as auxiliary in Westminster before he was installed as ninth Archbishop of Birmingham on 8 December 2009.

Archbishop Bernard serves as the Catholic Co-chair for ARCIC, the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission, and holds important posts at the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in fields of dialogue, unity and priestly formation.

Archbishop Bernard is a member of the Pontifical Council for the Promoting of the New Evangelisation.