Bishop of Dorchester (modern)

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The modern Bishop of Dorchester is an episcopal title used by an area bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Oxford, in the Province of Canterbury, England.[1] The Bishop of Dorchester, along with the Bishop of Buckingham and the Bishop of Reading, assists the Diocesan Bishop of Oxford in overseeing the diocese.

The title takes is name after the town of Dorchester-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, and was first used by the historic Bishops of Dorchester; at first for a West Saxon diocese, and later for a Mercian diocese. The bishops suffragan of Dorchester have been area bishops since the Oxford area scheme was founded in 1984.[2]

List of bishops[edit]

Suffragan Bishops of Dorchester
From Until Incumbent Notes
1939 1952 Gerald Allen Formerly Bishop of Sherborne
1952 1956 Kenneth Riches Translated to Lincoln
1957 1972 David Loveday
1972 1977 Peter Walker Translated to Ely
1979 1988 Conrad Meyer First area bishop from 1984.
1988 2000 Anthony Russell Translated to Ely
2000 present Colin Fletcher OBE [3]
Source(s): [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 946. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0. 
  2. ^ "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002". Church of England. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  3. ^ God in the Life of Colin Fletcher. Retrieved on 5 June 2008.

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