Diocese in Europe

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Diocese in Europe
Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.jpg
Ecclesiastical province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Eastern, France, Germany and Northern Europe, Gibraltar, Italy and Malta, Northwest Europe, Switzerland
Churches 295
Cathedral Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar
Current leadership
Bishop Bishop in Europe (currently vacant)
Suffragan David Hamid, Suffragan Bishop in Europe

The Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe, also called simply the Diocese in Europe, is geographically the largest diocese of the Church of England and arguably the largest diocese in the Anglican Communion, covering some one-sixth of the Earth's landmass, including Morocco, Europe (excluding the British Isles but including Iceland), Turkey and the territory of the former Soviet Union.

The cathedral is the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar and it is headed by the Bishop in Europe, who is assisted by the Suffragan Bishop in Europe. The most recent bishop is the Right Reverend Geoffrey Rowell, who was enthroned in Gibraltar Cathedral on 1 November 2001 and retired on 8 November 2013. The current suffragan bishop is the Right Reverend David Hamid, who was consecrated bishop on 17 October 2002. The pro-cathedrals are St Paul's Cathedral, Valletta, Malta, and Pro-Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Brussels, Belgium.

The diocese is attached to the Province of Canterbury. The Diocese of Gibraltar was created on 29 September 1842[1][2] and at that time covered all Anglican chaplaincies from Portugal to the Caspian Sea. On 30 June 1980,[3] the diocese was amalgamated with the Jurisdiction of North and Central Europe (exercised by the Bishop of London through the Suffragan Bishop of Fulham) and renamed the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe. It is divided into seven archdeaconries.

The Right Revd Geoffrey Rowell, retired Bishop in Europe


A map showing the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe. Archdeaconries are colour-coded.


The diocese is led by the diocesan Bishop in Europe and the Suffragan Bishop of Europe – while the diocesan see is vacant, the Suffragan Bishop, David Hamid, is also acting diocesan bishop. There is no alternative episcopal oversight in the diocese (for churches which reject the ministry of priests who are women) because the bishop does not ordain women.

The diocese also licences many honorary assistant bishops to fulfill some episcopal duties across the European diocese. Several of these are the current bishops of other churches in Europe in communion with the Church of England:

The rest are retired Anglican bishops resident in England. The following are licensed as of March 2014 according to the official diocesan website:

Additionally, there are several more honorary assistant bishops listed Crockford's Clerical Directory as of March 2014:

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