The Diocesan Curia

The Diocesan Curia consists of those institutions and persons which furnish assistance to the Bishop in the governance of the entire Diocese, especially in directing pastoral activity, in providing for the administration of the diocese and in exercising judicial power. It would also include all who participate in the overall administration of the Diocese, especially those who direct diocesan departments such as education, social justice, liturgy, laity and other facets of the local Church’s life. On this website most of these Curial persons, departments or bodies have their own page or link to their specific website otherwise their details appear here.

Vicar General:

The Rev Canon Provost Dunstan Cooper VG,
St Mary’s Presbytery, Matthias Street, MORECAMBE, Lancs, LA4 5JR

Tel: 01524 410501

Diocesan Chancellor:

The Rev Canon Paul Embery
St Mary of Furness, Victoria Road, Brogden Park, ULVERSTON, LA12 0BY, Tel: 01229 582205

Judicial Vicar:

The Rev Sony Joseph DCL, Tribunal Office, The Pastoral Centre, Balmoral Road, LANCASTER
Tel: 01524 596062

Episcopal Vicars for Religious:

Rev Mgr Canon Francis Slattery, Prot.Ap.: (Cumbria)
Rev Chris Cousens: (Lancashire)


The Council of Priests (as 1 May 2009)

Constitution, Standing Orders, & Rules of Procedure (Revised by decree of 31 March 1993)
The Council of Priests is a body of priests who assist the Bishop in governing the Diocese.

The 1983 Code of Canon Law mandates that presbyteral councils exist in each diocese “to aid the bishop in the governance of the diocese according to the norm of the law, in order that the pastoral welfare of the portion of the people of God entrusted to him may be promoted as effectively as possible.”

President & Chair: The Bishop

Vice-Chairman: The Rev Philip Conner

Secretary (non-voting): Rev Philip Smith

Ex-Officio Members: Canon Dunstan Cooper VG; Mgr Francis Slattery; Rev Chris Cousens (Episcopal Vicars for Religious); Rev Darren Carden (Vocations Director),  NCP representative; Rev Kevan Dorgan

Deanery Representatives:

St Peter’s (Lancaster) Canon Paul Embery/Canon Luiz Ruscillo

Our Lady & St Wilfrid (Preston) Rev Darren Carden

St Kentigern’s (Blackpool) Rev Robert Dewhurst

Sacred Heart (Thornton) Rev John Collins

St John (Kirkham) Rev David Burns

St Mary of Furness (Barrow-in Furness) Canon Seamus Flannery

St Herbert (Carlisle) Rev Michael Docherty

Our Lady & St Benedict (West Cumbria) Rev Paul Harrison

St Thomas of Canterbury (Kendal) Mgr Francis Slattery;


Council of Priests’ Steering Committee: The Bishop (Chair); Rev Philip Smith; Rev Philip Conner


Cathedral Chapter (Erected February 16th, 1925)

Provost: The Rev Canon Dunstan Cooper VG;

Chapter Canons: Revv Canons Robert Dewhurst; John Gibson, Alf Hayes; Luiz Ruscillo; John Watson, Paul Embery, Peter Draper, Paul Swarbrick, Peter Hart, Adrian Towers

The Cathedral Chapter in this Diocese currently serves, by the Bishop’s Decree, as the College of Consultors.