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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Hallam comprises the County of South Yorkshire, parts of the High Peak and Chesterfield, districts of Derbyshire and the district of Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire.

It is under the patronage of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, whose feast is celebrated as a solemnity in the Diocese on the 27th June.


The Roman Catholic Diocese of Hallam Trust is a charitable trust, established by a Trust Deed dated 28th October 1981. The Charity Registration number is 512021. The charity is registered with HMRC for tax exemption purposes.

The Trust is administered by a Trust Corporation, Diocese of Hallam Trustee, incorporated 26th October 1981 and whose Company Registration Number is 01593544. Diocese of Hallam Trustee is a Company Limited by Guarantee with a licence from the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to dispense with the word Limited from its name.

Additional information about the charity can be found on the Charity Commission website (Click Here).

There are currently nine Members of the Finance Board of Diocese of Hallam Trustee.
Rt Rev Ralph Heskett CSsR, Bishop of Hallam, Ms C Bailey, Mrs A Ryalls, Rev Fr D Humphries, Rev Fr P D McGuire, Mr M Murphy, Rev Fr C Posluszny, Mgr D M Sexton VG, Rev Mr A Strike

An Introduction to the Trustees of the Diocese of Hallam

Bishop Ralph Heskett

Bishop Heskett was ordained priest on 10 July 1976 in the Redemptorist parish in Sunderland. He served the Redemptorist of the London Province over the years in a number of different roles: Parish and School Missions, Retreats, Parish ministry and Formation, as Novice Master and Postulant Master at different times.
The motto of the Redemptorists is “Corpiosa Apud eum Redemptio” (With Him there is Plentiful Redemption). The proclamation of this message was at the heart of his ministry as a Redemptorist and continues to be today.
He was ordained Bishop of Gibraltar on 10 July 2010 and installed as Bishop of Hallam on 10 July 2014.

Dr Tony Strike

Rev Dr Tony Strike was ordained Permanent Deacon in 2004. He has served Sacred Heart Parish, Hillsborough, since 2012. He is Diocesan Director of the Guild of St Stephen, Assistant Director for Diaconal Selection and Formation, and a member of the executive of the National Diaconal Conference. He retired from the University of Sheffield in 2022 as University Secretary after a career in governance, strategy, planning and human resources in the NHS and universities. His PhD (2009) was in higher education policy and he is editor of several related textbooks. Rev Strike became a Trustee in March 2023. He enjoys hill walking in the Peaks.

Catherine Bailey

Catherine Bailey was appointed Trustee of the Hallam Diocese with a focus on Safeguarding in support of caring for others. Catherine retired after 43 years’ service as a nurse in the NHS working within the clinical specialties of Critical Care and Musculoskeletal services. As a senior nurse her responsibilities included leading on the delivery of patient care, safety and services, staff wellbeing, operational matters and all things governance. Catherine is also a Trustee for Firth Homes Alms Houses and currently the Health and Safety Representative at the Cathedral Church of St Marie .

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her mother and family, socialising, singing, countryside and coastal path walking, sailing, problem solving and just generally embracing new experiences and opportunities.

Mrs Amanda Ryalls

Amanda Ryalls is a married, mum of two and nana to one, who lives in Rotherham and is a parishioner at Immaculate Conception Church. In her spare time she enjoys walking her dog, watercolour painting and various crafts.  She is passionate about living a purposeful life – putting her skills to meaningful use.
In 2015, Amanda set up her own business helping business leaders to run their businesses more effectively, so that they and their staff are happier. She specialises in performance improvement and people management. She is a licensed Investors in people consultant and also works two days a week for Sheffield City Region as a skills advisor, helping local businesses to make sure they have the right skills in their business to achieve their business ambitions.


Rev Damian Humphries

Rev Humphries is parish priest of Our Lady and St James at Worsbrough, and Holy Rood in Barnsley. He is also the Dean of the Barnsley Deanery, Episcopal Vicar for Religious in the Diocese and a member of the College of Consultors. He represents Diocesan Religious on the Council of Priests and serves on the Diocesan Historic Churches Committee.

For a number of years Rev Humphries was a Benedictine Monk with the Community of St Laurence at Ampleforth, serving both in the College and on the parishes, latterly as Prior Parish Priest and Guardian of the Shrine at Our Lady of Mount Grace, Osmotherley.

Rev Peter McGuire

Rev Peter McGuire was born in Pontefract, studied at Ushaw College and was ordained as a Priest in 1971. He spent six years as assistant Priest at both St Peter’s, Bradford and St Marie’s, Sheffield before becoming Parish Priest at Spinkhill in 1983. As well as having a consuming interest in the study and practice of liturgy, diocesan responsibilities have included work with safeguarding, education, historic churches, communications, and diocesan deacons. Rev McGuire became a Trustee in September 2014

Mr Mike Murphy QC

His Honour Michael Murphy QC is a retired Circuit Judge and was a barrister for 26 years before becoming a full time Judge of the next 17 years before retiring in 2016. He has many years’ experience on legal and general committees and has been a Trustee in the Hallam Diocese since 2017.

Rev Chris Posluszny

Rev Chris Posluszny was ordained in 1987 and is currently the Cathedral Dean of St Marie’s. He is also parish Priest of Our Lady Queen of Heaven and St Oswald Church and Holy Family, both in Sheffield.
He is part of the Slovak Chaplaincy and is Foundation Governor at All Saints, Emmaus and St Marie schools. He has been a Trustee since 2010 and also sits on the Diocesan Building Committee.
In his spare time Rev Posluszny enjoys hiking, trekking and rail travel.

Monsignor Desmond Sexton

Mgr Desmond Sexton is currently the parish priest of St Marys and St Gerard’s in Rotherham with an oversight of Blessed Trinity, also in Rotherham. He is interested in the visions of mission and parish work as proposed by the authors Fr Michael White in ‘Rebuilt’ and Fr James Mallon in ‘Divine Renovation’ and in the work of a number of authors reminding us of the rich treasure of Catholic Spirituality that guides us towards living with the mindfulness of Christ.
Mgr Sexton became a Trustee in 2006 and was appointed Vicar General for the Hallam Diocese in 2015. In his spare time he likes to walk the hills, listen to music, read a good book and celebrating a Barnsley win.

How to contact the Trustees;
Mr Ed Whittaker, Company Secretary
The Hallam Pastoral Centre
St Charles Street
S9 3WU
[email protected]

A Brief History of the Diocese of Hallam

Formed 30th May 1980 by the division of the Dioceses of Leeds and Nottingham.  It is one of the six suffragan sees in the ecclesiastical Province of Liverpool.  The Diocese derives its name from Hallamshire, an ancient name for the area.


Bishops of the Diocese of Hallam

Tenure Incumbent Notes
 3 July 1980
to 9 July 1996
 Gerald Moverley Auxiliary Bishop of Leeds;
translated to the See of Hallam
 3 July 1997
to 20 May 2014
 John Rawsthorne Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool;
installed 4 June 1997; retired
 10 July 2014
to present
 Ralph Heskett, C.Ss.R. Bishop of Gibraltar;
appointed 20 May 2014

Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Administration of the Diocese of Hallam

The administration of the Diocese of Hallam is largely based at the Hallam Pastoral Centre in the Attercliffe district of Sheffield.

The Pastoral Centre is home to the Diocesan caring, education and safeguarding services as well as departments dealing with financial, property and legal issues, including church law, including, in particular, how that relates to marriages that have broken down.

More information on the different departments can be found by following the links below:

A warm welcome to the Hallam Pastoral Centre

Hallam Pastoral Centre

How to contact departments based in the Pastoral Centre? Please follow this link for contact details.

Facilities for hire

Hallam Pastoral Centre has a range of rooms for hire at competitive rates, which are ideal for meetings, conferences and retreats for anything from two to 50 delegates as well as other events.

The Pastoral Centre is in a quiet part of Attercliffe, but is within easy reach of the M1 and Sheffield city centre and is close to public transport, including buses and the tram line linking Meadowhall to the city centre.

Its friendly staff are on hand to help and the Centre also incorporates the Chapel of St Aidan, which can be used by visitors.

Other benefits to using the Centre include:

• Access and facilities for people with disabilities.

• Ample on site parking

• Audio-visual equipment for hire

• Dining facilities, with quality catering provided by arrangement

• Free Wifi connection to a fast Broadband service

For more information or to book the facilities, please contact Matthew Bray on 0114 256 6401 or via email ([email protected]) to discuss your individual requirements. We look forward to welcoming you.

The Pastoral Centre also accommodates the administrative and support services hub of the Diocese of Hallam – individual departments can be contacted through their webpages.

Logo Diocese of Hallam

Hallam Diocese current logo was created in 2015 by designer Gianni Teruzzi.

It is an adaptation of the 15th-century Byzantine icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help which has been in the church of Sant'Alfonso di Liguori in Rome since 1499. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, this artistic iconography is known as the Virgin of the Passion or Theotokos of the Passion due to the instruments of the Passion present on the image.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help is the Patroness of the Diocese of Hallam.

If you want to use our logo please check the Copyright Protection & Use Guidelines.

You can download samples of our logo in various formats - see Logo Samples below. Please check the Logo Request  instructions on requesting use permission of the logo and original copies in the various formats.

Copyright Protection & Use Guidelines

The logo and lettering are custom-designed and benefit from copyright protection. Any attempt to copy the logo and lettering and use it for some other organisation or for some purpose not agreed by the Bishop and Trustees would be a breach of copyright which could be enforced through injunctive action in the civil courts.

Since we would wish to enable and encourage the use of the logo and lettering by schools and Diocesan organisations, by curial departments, to advertise Diocesan events and to be included in the artwork for orders of service and for many other purposes, the Communications Group feel that it is necessary to have a straightforward procedure for requesting the use of the logo and lettering.

Please Note:

The diocesan logo will be made available and should not be modified in terms of the design of the image and the font used for the text.

No words, images or parts should be added or removed.

If questions arise regarding the appropriate use of the diocesan logo, the diocesan Communication Group should be consulted.

Logo Request

To request use of our logo follow these steps:

  1. Download and carefully read the Logo Request Form at the bottom of this tab.
  2. Please fill it out in full.
  3. Send your completed Logo Request Form to the Diocese of Hallam via email: [email protected]; via fax: 0114 256 2673; or via mail: Hallam Pastoral Centre, St Charles Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S9 3WU.

Please Note:

  • Reasonable notice should be given for logo requests.
  • Approvals are for one-time use only; subsequent uses of the logo on additional communications vehicles will need to be requested separately.

Adobe_PDF_file_iconDiocese of Hallam - Logo Request Form.pdf

Hallam Pastoral Centre
St Charles Street, Sheffield S9 3WU, UK

Find us in a map & driving directions

Bus services: 52 from the City Centre (Arundel Gate) runs along Attercliffe Common - alight at Stevenson Road stop. Every 7-10 minutes.

Tram: Nearest stops either Woodbourn Road or Attercliffe. Approx 5-10 minutes walk.