Diocese of Gloucester

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Diocese of Gloucester

Dioecesis Glocestrensis
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Location
Ecclesiastical province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Cheltenham, Gloucester
Statistics
Parishes323
Churches396
Information
Cathedral Gloucester Cathedral
Bristol Cathedral (1836–1897)
Language English
Current leadership
Bishop Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester [1]
Suffragan Robert Springett, Bishop of Tewkesbury
Archdeacons Phil Andrew, Archdeacon of Cheltenham
Hilary Dawson, Archdeacon of Gloucester
Website
gloucester.anglican.org

The Diocese of Gloucester is a Church of England diocese based in Gloucester, covering the non-metropolitan county of Gloucestershire. The cathedral is Gloucester Cathedral and the bishop is the Bishop of Gloucester. It is part of the Province of Canterbury.

History

The diocese was founded during the English Reformation on 3 September 1541 [2] from part of the Diocese of Hereford and the Diocese of Worcester. In 1542 the Diocese of Bristol was created to cover Bristol. Gloucester diocese was briefly dissolved and returned to Worcester again from 20 May 1552 [3] until Queen Mary re-divided the two Sees in 1554. [4] [5] [6]

Coat of arms of the Diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, consisting of the diocesan arms of Gloucester impaled with the diocesan arms of Bristol Diocese of Gloucester and Bristol arms.svg
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, consisting of the diocesan arms of Gloucester impaled with the diocesan arms of Bristol

On 5 October 1836, the Diocese of Bristol was merged back into the Gloucester diocese, which became the Diocese of Gloucester and Bristol [7] until Bristol became an independent diocese again on 9 July 1897, [8] whereupon the Gloucester diocese resumed the name Diocese of Gloucester.

The diocese has twinning links with the dioceses of Dornakal and Karnataka Central in the Church of South India, Västerås in Sweden, El Camino Real in California, USA, and Western Tanganyika in Tanzania. It is currently supporting the work of the Diocese of Western Tanganyika to build a new high school.

Organisation

The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries: Cheltenham, headed by the Archdeacon of Cheltenham, Phil Andrew, and Gloucester, headed by the Archdeacon of Gloucester, Hilary Dawson. The Archdeaconry of Cheltenham consists of the deaneries of Cheltenham, Cirencester, North Cotswold, and Tewkesbury, and the Archdeaconry of Gloucester consists of the deaneries of Forest South, Gloucester City, Severn Vale, Stroud, and Wotton.

Bishops

The diocesan Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek (the first female diocesan bishop in the Church of England), is assisted by the Bishop suffragan of Tewkesbury, Robert Springett. The provincial episcopal visitor (for parishes in this diocese – among twelve others in the western part of the Province of Canterbury – that reject the ministry of priests who are women, since 1994) is the Bishop suffragan of Oswestry, [9] who is licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his work there.

There are five former bishops licensed as honorary assistant bishops in the diocese:

Notes

  1. Diocese of Gloucester — The Bishop of Gloucester Designate Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine (Accessed 26 March 2015)
  2. Horn, Joyce M (1996), Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857, vol. 8, pp. 35–37
  3. Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857, vol. 7, 1992, pp. 105–109
  4. "Hooper, John". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/13706.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  5. Pollard, Albert Frederick (1911). "Hooper, John"  . In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica . Vol. 13 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 675–676.
  6. Lee, Sidney, ed. (1891). "Hooper, John"  . Dictionary of National Biography . Vol. 27. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  7. "No. 19426". The London Gazette . 7 October 1836. pp. 1734–1738.
  8. "No. 26871". The London Gazette . 9 July 1897. p. 3787.
  9. Beddowes, Brian. "Welcome". The See of Oswestry. Retrieved 2 December 2022.
  10. "Firth, Peter James" . Who's Who . Vol. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black. Retrieved 26 April 2014.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  11. "Jennings, David Willfred Michael" . Who's Who . Vol. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black. Retrieved 26 April 2014.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  12. "Evens, Robert John Scott" . Who's Who . Vol. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black. Retrieved 26 April 2014.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  13. "Anthony Martin Priddis" . Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing . Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  14. "Christopher John Hill" . Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing . Retrieved 18 June 2016.

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