Diocese of Canterbury

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Diocese of Canterbury

Dioecesis Cantuariensis
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Location
Ecclesiastical province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Canterbury, Ashford, Maidstone
Coordinates 51°16′47″N1°5′0″E / 51.27972°N 1.08333°E / 51.27972; 1.08333 Coordinates: 51°16′47″N1°5′0″E / 51.27972°N 1.08333°E / 51.27972; 1.08333
Statistics
Parishes231
Churches327
Information
Cathedral Canterbury Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
Suffragans Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover (pseudo-diocesan)
Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough (AEO)
Jonathan Goodall, Bishop of Ebbsfleet (AEO) [1]
Rod Thomas, Bishop of Maidstone (AEO) [2]
Archdeacons Jo Kelly-Moore, Archdeacon of Canterbury
Stephen Taylor, Archdeacon of Maidstone
Darren Miller, Archdeacon of Ashford
Andrew Sewell, Acting Archdeacon of Maidstone
Website
www.canterburydiocese.org

The Diocese of Canterbury is a Church of England diocese covering eastern Kent which was founded by St. Augustine of Canterbury in 597. The diocese is centred on Canterbury Cathedral and is the oldest see of the Church of England.

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The Report of the Commissioners appointed by his Majesty to inquire into the Ecclesiatical Revenues of England and Wales (1835) noted the net annual revenue for the Canterbury see was £19,182. [3] This made it the wealthiest diocese in England.

Bishops

The diocesan bishop is the Archbishop of Canterbury, presently Justin Welby. However, because of his roles as metropolitan bishop of the Province of Canterbury, Primate of All England and "first bishop" of the worldwide Anglican Communion, the archbishop (whose primary residence is at Lambeth Palace in London) is often away from the diocese. Therefore, his suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Dover (presently Rose Hudson-Wilkin), is in many ways empowered to act almost as if she were the diocesan bishop.

The province had from 1944–2009 a second locally focussed suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Maidstone, discontinued November 2010. [4] Three suffragans have nominal sees in the diocese — the Bishops of Ebbsfleet, Richborough and (since 2014) Maidstone who are provincial episcopal visitors with a wider focus than the diocese.

Besides the Archbishop and the Bishop of Dover, three honorary assistant bishops supervise and officiate. Alternative episcopal oversight (for parishes in the diocese who reject the ministry of priests who are women) is provided by the provincial episcopal visitor (PEV), the Bishop suffragan of Richborough, Norman Banks. There are three honorary assistant bishops licensed in the diocese:

Diocesan structure

For organisational purposes, the diocese is divided into three archdeaconries, [8] containing a total of fifteen deaneries: [9]

Diocese Archdeaconries Rural Deaneries
Diocese of Canterbury Archdeaconry of Canterbury Deanery of Canterbury
Deanery of East Bridge
Deanery of Reculver
Deanery of Thanet
Deanery of West Bridge
Archdeaconry of Ashford Deanery of Ashford
Deanery of Dover
Deanery of Elham
Deanery of Romney and Tenterden
Deanery of Sandwich
Archdeaconry of Maidstone Deanery of Maidstone
Deanery of North Downs
Deanery of Ospringe
Deanery of Sittingbourne
Deanery of Weald

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References

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  2. Thinking Anglicans – Appointment of a bishop who takes a conservative evangelical view on headship (Accessed 4 December 2014)
  3. The National Enclopaedia of Useful Knowledge, Vol.III, Charles Knight, London, 1847, p.362
  4. Canterbury Diocese — Synod News Archived June 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
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