in the Archdiocese of Birmingham

Our Archbishop, Bernard Longley

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Our Archbishop, Bernard Longley 54, studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and New College, Oxford, and enjoys reading Russian literature. "I love Pushkin," he told the Herald this year.

His appointment as Archbishop was announced on 1st October 2009. He was installed as 9th Archbishop of Birmingham at St Chad's Cathedral by Bishop David on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8th December 2009. He received his crozier from Archbishop Vincent Nicholls.

Archbishop Bernard was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton in December 1981 and started out as assistant priest at St Joseph's, Epsom, Surrey, and as chaplain to psychiatric hospitals.

In 1996 he became national ecumenical officer at the Bishops' Conference and for nine years was on the staff of St John's Seminary, Wonersh, teaching Dogmatic Theology.

In 1999 he was appointed Moderator of the Steering Committee of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and also Assistant General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference with responsibilities for Ecumenism and Interfaith Affairs.

As Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster he had pastoral responsibility for the north London areas of Camden, Hackney, Islington, Marylebone, as well as Tower Hamlets and Westminster.