Bishop Richard Challoner


Bishop of Debra, vicar Apostolic of the London district. Born of Protestant parents, he was received into the Catholic Church at the age of 13, and educated at Douai, where he was later professor and vice-president. In 1730 he entered with zeal into the work of the mission at London, which involved many hardships. In 1741 he was consecrated bishop, and in 1758 became vicar Apostolic. As administrator he founded schools, instituted conferences among the London clergy, and aided the relief of the poor and aged. He was forced by the laws of England to spend his life in hiding, and with difficulty escaped Protestant informers. He wrote many religious books, among them the well-known meditations “Think Well On’t,” the “Garden of the Soul,” a favorite book of devotion, “Meditations for Every Day in the Year,” and “Memoirs of Missionary Priests.” He also prepared a revised edition of the Douay Bible and Rheims New Testament, which is, practically speaking, the version of the Bible used by all English-speaking Catholics today.



MLA Citation

  • “Bishop Richard Challoner“. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 November 2013. Web. 19 January 2019. <>