Anglican Bishop of Southwark

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For the Roman Catholic Bishop, see Archbishop of Southwark.
Bishop of Southwark
Bishopric
Anglican
Incumbent:
Christopher Chessun

Province: Canterbury
Diocese: Southwark
Cathedral: St Saviour and St Mary Overie, Southwark
Formation: Suffragan in 1891
Diocesan in 1905

The Bishop of Southwark /ˈsʌðɨk/[1] is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Southwark in the Province of Canterbury.[2][3]

Until 1877, Southwark had been part of the Diocese of Winchester when it was transferred to the Diocese of Rochester. In 1891, the Bishop of Rochester appointed the only Suffragan Bishop of Southwark, and an ancient parish church in Southwark was restored to become a pro-Cathedral in 1897, which later became Southwark Cathedral.[2]

On 1 May 1905,[4] the Diocese of Southwark was created and covers Greater London south of the River Thames and east Surrey, broadly defined.[2] The Bishop of Southwark is assisted by the suffragan bishops of Croydon, Kingston and Woolwich who each oversee an area of the diocese.[5]

The current and previous bishops have been cited in canonical practice in its interpretation as "valid but irregular" of three ordinations of candidates ordained abroad, associated with a conservative evangelical church-forming group, the Anglican Mission in England, having expressed, in the church's view, extreme views on a complex subject.[6][7]

The current bishop is the Right Reverend Christopher Chessun, the 10th Bishop of Southwark, who signs +Christopher Southwark. He had previously been the Bishop of Woolwich (2005–2011).

When the post-holder ranks among the longest-serving 21 bishops heading a diocese, he or she will qualify for a place in the House of Lords, joining the other five who qualify ex officio, including the two archbishops.

List of the Bishops of Southwark[edit]

Suffragan Bishop[edit]

Suffragan Bishop of Southwark
From Until Incumbent Notes
1891 1905 Huyshe Yeatman-Biggs Translated to Worcester, and later to Coventry
In 1905, Southwark became a diocesan see
Source(s): [8]

Diocesan Bishops[edit]

Diocesan Bishops of Southwark
From Until Incumbent Notes
1905 1911 Edward Talbot Translated from Rochester, later moved to Winchester
1911 1919 Hubert Burge Translated to Oxford
1919 1932 Cyril Garbett Translated to Winchester, and later to York
1932 1942 Richard Parsons Translated from Middleton, later moved to Hereford
1942 1959 Bertram Simpson Translated from Kensington
1959 1980 Mervyn Stockwood
1980 1991 Ronald Bowlby Translated from Newcastle
1991 1998 Robert Williamson Translated from Bradford
1998 2010 Tom Butler Translated from Leicester
2011 present Christopher Chessun Translated from Woolwich
Source(s): [9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southwark", in The Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer of the World (1952), New York: Columbia University Press.
  2. ^ a b c Diocese of Southwark: History. Retrieved on 21 October 2013.
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory, 100th edition, (2007), Church House Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  4. ^ London Gazette. March 21, 1905.
  5. ^ Diocese of Southwark: Bishops and Officers. Retrieved on 25 November 2008.
  6. ^ Petre, Jonathan (2005-11-04). "Evangelicals defy bishop by holding 'irregular' ordinations". Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  7. ^ "A.M.I.E". Co-Mission. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  8. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 948. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0. 
  9. ^ "Historical successions: Southwark". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I., eds. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 274–275. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 

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