Diocese of Bradford

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Diocese of Bradford
Diocese of Bradford arms.svg
Coat of arms
Location
Ecclesiastical province York
Archdeaconries Bradford, Craven
Statistics
Parishes133
Churches166
Information
Established25 November 1919 (1919-11-25)–20 April 2014 (2014-04-20)
Cathedral Bradford Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopAt dissolution: Nick Baines, Bishop of Bradford
Archdeacons At dissolution:
David Lee, Archdeacon of Bradford
Paul Slater, Archdeacon of Craven
Website
bradford.anglican.org

The Diocese of Bradford is a former Church of England diocese within the Province of York. The diocese covered the area of the City of Bradford, Craven district and the former Sedbergh Rural District now in Cumbria. The seat of the episcopal see was Bradford Cathedral and the bishop was the diocesan Bishop of Bradford.

The diocese was founded on 25 November 1919 [1] from part of the Diocese of Ripon and dissolved in the creation of the Diocese of Leeds on 20 April 2014. [2] The church of Saint Peter was elevated to cathedral status in 1919.

Bishops

The diocesan Bishop of Bradford had no suffragan bishops. Immediately prior to its dissolution, alternative episcopal oversight (for parishes in the diocese who reject the ministry of priests who are women) was provided by the provincial episcopal visitor (PEV) the Bishop suffragan of Beverley (then Glyn Webster.) He was licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his work there. Besides Webster, there were two retired honorary assistant bishops licensed in the diocese:

Merger

On 2 March 2013, the diocesan synod voted in favour of proposals to abolish the diocese in order to create a larger Leeds diocese; [3] the proposal was approved on 8 July 2013 by the General Synod. [4] The merger came into force on 20 April 2014, at which point the Bradford, Ripon and Leeds and Wakefield dioceses merged. [2]

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References

  1. "No. 31656". The London Gazette . 25 November 1919. pp. 14301–14302.
  2. 1 2 The Transformation Programme – First new diocese for more than 85 years created on April 20 Archived 20 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine (Accessed 19 April 2014)
  3. Thinking Anglicans – proposed new diocese for West Yorkshire (Accessed 4 March 2013)
  4. The Church of England – Synod approves new Diocese of Leeds for West Yorkshire and The Dales

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