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 ] and at that time covered all Anglican [2 ] chaplaincies from Portugal to the Caspian Sea. On 30 June 1980, 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 [3 ] archdeaconries.
Archdeaconries [ edit ]
A map showing the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe. Archdeaconries are colour-coded.
Eastern Archdeaconry, consisting of: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. The current archdeacon is the Venerable Patrick Curran (2008), who is based in Vienna, Austria and has served since 2002. He is assisted by two area deans, one in Athens, Greece and one in Moscow, Russia.
Archdeaconry of (including France Monaco). The current (2008) archdeacon is the Venerable Ian Naylor who is based in Pau and has served since 2013.
Archdeaconry of Gibraltar, consisting of: Andorra, Gibraltar, Morocco, Portugal, and Spain. The current archdeacon is the Venerable David Sutch who was appointed in 2008. He is based in Fuengirola, Spain.
Archdeaconry of Germany and Northern Europe, consisting of: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden. The most recent archdeacon is the Venerable Jonathan LLoyd, who was based in Copenhagen and served from 2010 until 2013, when he left to take up a position in England. He was assisted by two area deans. [4 ]
Archdeaconry of The current archdeacon is the Venerable Jonathan Boardman (2008). He is based in Italy and Malta. Rome, Italy.
Archdeaconry of Northwest Europe, consisting of: Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. The Acting Archdeacon is the Reverend Canon Meurig Williams (2012).
Archdeaconry of The current archdeacon is the Venerable Peter Potter (2009). He is based in Switzerland. Bern.
Bishops [ edit ]
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:
Michael Manktelow, retired Bishop suffragan of Basingstoke, lives in Chichester, West Sussex. 2001–present:
Richard Garrard, retired Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome & Archbishop's Representative to the Holy See and former Bishop of Penrith, lives in Upper Stoke, Norfolk and is also licensed in the Diocese of Norwich. 2002–present:
Edward Holland, retired Bishop of Colchester, lives in Hammersmith, Greater London and is licensed in the Diocese of London. 2002–present:
David Smith, retired Bishop of Bradford, lives in Dunnington, North Yorkshire and is also licensed in York diocese. 2003–present:
John Flack, retired Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome & Archbishop's Representative to the Holy See and former Bishop of Huntingdon, lives in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire. 2003–present: A retired former
Bishop of Durham and Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Revd Michael Turnbull, lives in Sandwich, Kent. 2011–present:
Michael Scott-Joynt, retired diocesan Bishop of Winchester, lives in Funtington, West Sussex. 2011–present: retired
Bishop of Salisbury David Stancliffe lives in Stanhope, County Durham (he is also licensed in Durham diocese.) 2011–present:
Stephen Venner, retired Bishop of Dover, current Bishop for the Falkland Islands and Bishop to the Forces, lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire and is also licensed in the Diocese of Rochester. 2013–present: retired
Bishop of Blackburn Nicholas Reade lives in Bexhill, East Sussex. 2014–present:
Michael Colclough, retired Canon Pastor of St Paul's Cathedral and former Bishop of Kensington, lives in Chelsea, Greater London, and is also licensed in the Diocese of London.
Additionally, there are several more honorary assistant bishops listed
Crockford's Clerical Directory as of March 2014 :
Fernando da Luz Soares, retired bishop of the Lusitanian church, is listed as having been licensed since 1995; he retired in 2013 but remains bishop emeritus of that church and apparently remains in Gaia, Portugal. 1998–present:
John Taylor, retired Bishop of St Albans, lives in Cambridge, UK, and is also licensed in Ely diocese. 1999–present:
Patrick Harris, retired Bishop of Southwell, lives in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, in the UK, and is also licensed in the Diocese of Gloucester. 1999–present:
Joachim Vobbe is a retired bishop (now bishop emeritus) of the German Old Catholic church; his address is recorded as being in Bonn, Germany.
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