Bishop of Ebbsfleet

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The Bishop of Ebbsfleet is a suffragan bishop who fulfils the role of a provincial episcopal visitor (also known as a "flying bishop") for the western half of the Province of Canterbury in the Church of England. [1]

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The see was erected under the Suffragans Nomination Act 1888 by Order in Council dated 8 February 1994 [2] and licensed by the Archbishop of Canterbury as a "flying bishop" to provide episcopal oversight for parishes throughout the province which do not accept the sacramental ministry of bishops who have participated in the ordination of women. The position is named after Ebbsfleet in Thanet, Kent. In the southern province, the bishops of Ebbsfleet and of Richborough each minister in 13 of the 40 dioceses. The Bishop of Ebbsfleet serves the western 13 dioceses (Bath and Wells, Birmingham, Bristol, Coventry, Derby, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford, Lichfield, Oxford, Salisbury, Truro and Worcester). [3] Until the creation of the suffragan See of Richborough in 1995, the Bishop of Ebbsfleet served the entire area of the Province of Canterbury with the exceptions of the dioceses of London, Rochester and Southwark which came under the oversight of the Bishop of Fulham.

Jonathan Goodall was announced as the fifth Bishop of Ebbsfleet on 2 August 2013. [4] His episcopal consecration took place on 25 September 2013 at Westminster Abbey. He had been the chaplain and ecumenical secretary to the Archbishop of Canterbury. He was the fourth of the five bishops to be affiliated with the Society of the Holy Cross. On 3 September 2021 he resigned his episcopacy in order to be received into the Roman Catholic Church. [5]

In June 2022, it was announced that, from January 2023, oversight of conservative Catholics in the west of Canterbury province (formerly the Bishop of Ebbsfleet's area) would be taken by a new Bishop of Oswestry, suffragan to the Bishop of Lichfield; while oversight of conservative Evangelicals would be taken by the next Bishop of Ebbsfleet; the See of Maidstone would be left vacant, available for other uses. [6]

List of bishops

Bishops of Ebbsfleet
FromUntilIncumbentNotes
29 April 199431 October 1998 John Richards
December 199818 December 1999 Michael Houghton SSC Died in office
30 November 200031 December 2010 Andrew Burnham SSCResigned to become a Roman Catholic [7]
16 June 201113 February 2013 Jonathan Baker SSCTranslated to Fulham
25 September 2013
8 September 2021 Jonathan Goodall SSCResigned to become a Roman Catholic [8]
8 September 2021presentvacant
Source(s): [1]

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  3. See of Ebbsflett
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  7. The Resignation of Bishop Andrew Archived 7 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine . 24 November 2010.
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