Bishop of Loughborough

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The Bishop of Loughborough is an episcopal title used by the sole suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Leicester in the Province of Canterbury, England. [1]


From 1987 to 2017, the Assistant Bishop of Leicester was an episcopal title used by the sole stipendiary assistant bishop (effectively suffragan bishop) of the Diocese of Leicester. The title took its name as the bishop who assisted the diocesan Bishop of Leicester. The role was created following the 1986 refusal of a request to create a suffragan bishop for the diocese, and was filled from then only with ad hoc funding arrangements for four bishops already in episcopal orders. [2] Boyle was the only incumbent to serve on a full-time basis. [3]

On 26 November 2016, Leicester Diocesan Synod approved a proposal to replace the Assistant Bishop post with a new suffragan bishop role of Bishop suffragan of Loughborough, following Boyle's retirement in 2017, with the expectation that this could be completed by the end of that year. [4] [5] The proposal was accepted by General Synod in February 2017 and the See was erected by Order of the Privy Council on 12 April 2017. [6]

The bishop's residence is Bishop's House, Rothley, in Charnwood. [7]

List of bishops

Assistant Bishops of Leicester
19871995 Godfrey Ashby
19952001 Bill Down Formerly Bishop of Bermuda [8]
20012005vacant [2]
20052007 John Austin Retired Bishop of Aston
20072009vacant [2]
20092017 Christopher Boyle Formerly the last British bishop of Northern Malawi; [9] [10] from 6 September 2009; [3] retired 31 May 2017. [11]
Bishops of Loughborough
20172021 Guli Francis-Dehqani Consecrated 30 November 2017; translated to Chelmsford 11 March 2021 [12]
2022present Saju Muthalaly Consecrated 25 January 2022. [13]

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