The Bishop of St Germans is an episcopal title which was used by Anglo Saxon Bishops of Cornwall and currently in use in the Church of England and in the Roman Catholic Church.

The title is used by suffragan bishops of the Church of England, and is currently used by a suffragan bishop assistant to the Bishop of Truro of the Diocese of Truro.[1] In the Roman Catholic Church, Sanctus Germanus is a titular see, used as the title for a bishop who is not in charge of a diocese.[2]

The title takes its name after St Germans, a large village in Cornwall. In the 10th and 11th centuries, St Germans Priory was effectively the seat for the bishopric of Cornwall. In 1043, dioceses of Cornwall and Crediton merged under one bishop, and eventually they moved to Exeter in 1050.[3][4]

List of Anglican bishops

Bishops of St Germans
From Until Incumbent Notes
1905 1918 John Cornish
1918 1974 in abeyance
1974 1979 Richard Rutt Translated to Leicester
1979 1985 Br Michael (Fisher) SSF
1985 1992 Richard Llewellin Translated to Dover
1993 1999 Graham James Translated to Norwich
2000 2011 Roy Screech
2013 2019 Chris Goldsmith [5] Consecrated 14 May, installed 19 May 2013; resigned September 2019.[6]
2020 present Hugh Nelson Consecrated 15 July 2020.[7]

List of Catholic bishops

Bishops of Sanctus Germanus
From Until Incumbent Notes
12 Feb 1970 10 Dec 1970 Pierre-Marie Théas, Bishop emeritus of Tarbes-et-Lourdes Resigned titular See
2 Feb 1972 31 Oct 1974 James McGuinness, Bishop coadjutor of Nottingham Succeeded to the diocesan See of Nottingham
24 Jan 1976 27 Apr 2013 Joseph O'Connell, Auxiliary Bishop (later emeritus) of Melbourne Retired 2006, retaining titular See until death.
31 Mar 2014 present Nicholas Hudson, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster [8]


  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 948. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  2. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2010, 'Sedi Titolari', p.967.
  3. ^ St Germans Group Parish Archived July 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 10 June 2008.
  4. ^ St Germans Church, Cornwall. Retrieved on 10 June 2008.
  5. ^ "New Bishop of St Germans announced". BBC News. 23 March 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Bishop Chris Goldsmith to lead Church of England's Ministry Division". 24 June 2019.
  7. ^ "New Bishop of St Germans, the Rt Revd Hugh Nelson, is consecrated at Lambeth Palace". 15 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Mgr Nicholas Hudson appointed as new Auxiliary Bishop for Westminster". Diocese of Westminster. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  9. ^ "St Germans, Cornubiensis (Titular See)". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 6 April 2014.