Anglican Diocese of Peterborough

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Diocese of Peterborough

Dioecesis Petroburgensis
Peterborough Diocese Logo.jpg
Diocesan logo
Diocese of Peterborough arms.svg
Coat of arms
Location
Ecclesiastical province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Northampton, Oakham
Statistics
Parishes352
Churches386
Information
Cathedral Peterborough Cathedral
Language English
Current leadership
Bishop Debbie Sellin
Suffragan John Holbrook, Bishop of Brixworth
Archdeacons Richard Ormston, Archdeacon of Northampton
Alison Booker, Archdeacon of Oakham
Website
peterborough-diocese.org.uk

The Diocese of Peterborough forms part of the Province of Canterbury in England. Its seat is the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Andrew, which was founded as a monastery in AD 655 and re-built in its present form between 1118 and 1238.

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History

Founded at the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1541 (it was until then part of the Diocese of Lincoln), the Diocese covers the areas of:

Until 1927 the Peterborough diocese covered what is now the (modern) Diocese of Leicester. [1]

Peterborough Abbey became a cathedral at the Reformation, one of six wholly new bishoprics founded under Henry VIII. On 4 September 1541 letters patent were issued converting the abbey church of Peterborough into a cathedral church, with a dean and chapter and ecclesiastical staff. The last abbot, John Chambers, was consecrated in his former abbey church on 23 October 1541 as the first Bishop of Peterborough.

A link with the Anglican Church of Kenya Diocese of Bungoma was formed by the two bishops following the Lambeth Conference in 1998.

Organisation

The Diocese is divided into two Archdeaconries:

The parts of the City of Peterborough that are south of the River Nene and so, were in the historic county of Huntingdonshire rather than the Soke of Peterborough, fall within the Diocese of Ely. The previous Bishop of Peterborough was commissioned as Assistant Bishop in the Ely Diocese so he could exercise pastoral care in these parishes, which include Stanground, Orton, Woodston, Yaxley and Fletton. [2] [3] [4] Thorney, historically in the Isle of Ely and now within the boundaries of the Peterborough unitary authority area, is unaffected by this arrangement. [5]

Bishops

The Bishop of Peterborough (Debbie Sellin) leads the diocese, and is assisted by the Bishop suffragan of Brixworth (John Holbrook). The suffragan see of Brixworth was created by Order in Council on 26 July 1988. [6]

Alternative episcopal oversight (for parishes in the diocese which reject the ministry of priests who are women) is provided by the provincial episcopal visitor, Norman Banks, Bishop suffragan of Richborough, who is licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his work there. There is also one former bishop, Ed Condry, living in the diocese who is licensed as honorary assistant bishop. [7]

List of churches

Deanery of Brackley

Deanery of Brixworth

Deanery of Corby

Deanery of Daventry

Deanery of Greater Northampton

Deanery of Higham

Deanery of Kettering

Deanery of Oundle

Deanery of Peterborough

Deanery of Rutland

Deanery of Towcester

Deanery of Wellingborough

See also

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