Diocese of Birmingham

His Grace Archbishop Bernard Longley

Archbishop Bernard Longley was born in Manchester on 5 April, 1955 and was ordained Bishop and ap-pointed as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Westminster, on 24th January 2003.

Archbishop Longley was Head of the Diocesan Pastoral Board and had pastoral responsibilities for the Deaneries of Camden, Hackney, Islington, Marylebone, Tower Hamlets, and Westminster.

Archbishop Bernard Longley studied at Xaverian College and the Royal Northern College of Music in Man-chester and New College, Oxford.

He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton on 12th December 1981 at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, and was Assistant Priest at St Joseph’s, Epsom, and Chaplain to Psychiatric Hospitals.

From 1987 to 1996 he was on the staff at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, teaching dogmatic theology.

In 1991, he was appointed Surrey Chairman of the Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Commission for Chris-tian Unity and in 1996 became National Ecumenical Officer at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Eng-land and Wales.

In 1999 he was appointed Moderator of the Steering Committee of Churches Together in Britain and Ire-land and also Assistant General Secretary of Catholic Bishops’ Conference with responsibilities for Ecu-menism and Interreligious Affairs.

Archbishop Longley authored the Catholic Commentary on the Agreed Joint Statement by the Interna-tional Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission – “Growing towards Unity and Mis-sion” (2007).

The Archbishop was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in October 2009 and was installed as the ninth Archbishop of Birmingham on Tuesday 8th December 2009. In 2010 Archbishop Longley was appointed by Pope Benedict as a member of the newly erected Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.

In 2011 Pope Benedict appointed the Archbishop as the co-Chairman of the Anglican Roman Catholic In-ternational Commission (ARCIC), with oversight of the third phase of Anglican-Catholic dialogue.

UCM Diocesan Officers

Diocesan President – Eileen Priest

Diocesan Secretary – Angela Foster

Diocesan Treasurer – Jane Barr

Foundations in the Archdiocese of Birmingham

Most Foundations have a Summer break with no meeting in August.

Acocks Green

Meetings : weekly on Tuesday after 10.00am Mass

Bear Wood

Meetings on Saturdays monthly

after 10.00am Mass


Last Monday of the month during Jan to April. Mass 10.00am followed by meeting. May to Dec, 7.00pm Mass followed by meeting


Meeting: Ist Wednesday of the month. In St John’s meeting rooms at 7.30pm

West Heath

Meeting: Thursdays monthly at 2.00pm


Meeting: Mondays weekly at 12.30pm