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Rt Rev. Leo McCartie

A profile of the late Catholic Bishop Emeritus of Northampton, the Right Reverend Patrick Leo McCartie.

Bishop Emeritus of Northampton

The Right Reverend Patrick Leo McCartie was Bishop of Northampton from 20 February 1990 to 29 March 2001.

Born in West Hartlepool, in 1925, Bishop McCartie was ordained to the priesthood in July 1949.

He was first appointed an Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham in 1977 then, in February 1990, he was appointed the tenth Bishop of Northampton.

He retired in 2001 having reached the retirement age of 75 after 43 years as an active Bishop.

He was the oldest living Bishop in England and Wales and in July 2019 celebrated 70 years of priesthood with Mass attended by the former Bishop of Northampton, Bishop Peter Doyle – now Emeritus – and Archbishop Kevin McDonald who was Bishop McCartie’s immediate successor in Northampton.

He is remembered as a pastoral man of God who relentlessly shared the Gospel through word and action.

Bishop McCartie died on the evening of Thursday 23 April 2020 in St Joseph’s Home in Birmingham, aged 94.

Requiescat in pace.


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