HIS FIRST ENGAGEMENT The Papal Bull The consecration of the Bishop of Leeds will take place at the cathedral on Monday next. the Feast of St. Matthew, at 11 o'clock.
His Grace, the Archbishop of Liverpool, Mgr. Richard Downey, will he the consecrating prelate, and the assistant bishops will he the Bishop of Ilexham and Newcastle (Mgr. J. R. Thorman), and the Bishop of Nottingham (Mgr. McNulty).
The Bishop of Middlesbrough (Mgr. Thomas Shine), is unfortunately unwell, and will not be able to be present.
Seats will be reserved for the clergy of the diocese and other priests (about 250 in all) representatives of the various Catholic societies in the diocese, prominent laity and the relatives and friends of the bishop.
A luncheon, for clergy only, will be held afterwards at the Great Northern Hotel.
The Bishop of Leeds will fulfil his first public engagement after his consecration, at Bramley, Leeds, on Saturday, October 3, when he will bless and open the new schools of Christ the King.
A sale of work will follow the opening ceremony, and in the evening a congregational whist drive and social will be held,
The Papal Bull
The new schools are the first to be erected in the parish. They will accommodate 250 infants and juniors and have been erected by Mgr. Hawkswell, V.G., at a cost of £.7,000. Plans have been prepared for a presbytery adjoining the church, The Papal Bull, appointing Mgr. Henry John Poskitt to the See of Leeds, was read at St. Anne's Cathedral, on Sunday last, by the Very Rev. Thomas Bentley, administrator.
The following is the English translation:— Pius, bishop, servant of the servants of God, to Our beloved children, the clergy and people, of the city and diocese of Leeds, health and apostolic benediction.
Guided by Our venerable brothers, the cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, we, to-day. choose by Apostolic Authority, for your Cathedral Church of Leeds, at present without a pastor, Our beloved son, Henry John Poskitt, the Rector of your Diocesan Seminary, and We declare him to be bishop therein and pastor. By these letters We make this known to you all, and We bid you in the Lord, that you welcome the same Henry John, your Bishop Elect, as the father and pastor of your souls, giving him all due honour: and being obedient to his salutary admonitions and commands, you show him true reverence, so that he may rejoice to find
you his devoted children, and you may rejoice to find in him a Benevolent Father, And We wish and command that these Letters he publicly read in the Cathedral Church from the pulpit on the first day the people are gathered together, after their acceptance.
Given "ex-Arce Grandulphi," on the 16th day of August in the year 1936, and the 15th year of Our Pontificate.
The Bull is signed by Cardinal Pacelli, Secretary of State, and other officials of the Holy See.