Bernard Longley was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton in 1981. He became Surrey Chairman of Diocesan Commission for Christian Unity in 1991, and National Ecumenical Officer at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in 1996. From 1987 to 1996, he taught dogmatic theology at St. John’s Seminary in Wonersh. In 1999, he was named Moderator of the Steering Committee of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, as well as Assistant General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference with responsibilities for Ecumenism and Interfaith Affairs. He was consecrated as Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster in 2003 and as Archbishop of Birmingham in 2009.