Diocese of Canterbury
|Diocese of Canterbury|
Coat of Arms of the Diocese of Canterbury
|Archdeaconries||Canterbury, Ashford, Maidstone|
|Bishop||Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury|
|Suffragans||Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover
Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough (PEV)
Jonathan Goodall, Bishop of Ebbsfleet (PEV)
|Archdeacons||Sheila Watson, Archdeacon of Canterbury
Philip Down, Archdeacon of Ashford
Stephen Taylor, Archdeacon of Maidstone
The Diocese of Canterbury is a Church of England diocese covering eastern Kent, founded by St. Augustine of Canterbury in 597. It is centred on Canterbury Cathedral, and is the oldest see of the Church of England.
- in the Archdeaconry of Canterbury — Canterbury, East Bridge, Reculver, Thanet and West Bridge;
- in the Archdeaconry of Ashford — Ashford, Dover, Elham and Sandwich;
- in the Archdeaconry of Maidstone — Maidstone, North Downs, Romney and Tenterden, Ospringe, Sittingbourne, and the Weald.
The diocesan bishop is the Archbishop of Canterbury, presently the Most Reverend Justin Welby. However, because of his roles as Metropolitan of the Province of Canterbury, Primate of All England and head of the worldwide Anglican Communion, the archbishop (whose primary residence is at Lambeth Palace in London) is very often away from the diocese. Therefore one of his suffragan bishops, the Bishop of Dover (the Rt Revd Trevor Wilmott), is in many ways empowered to act almost as if he were the diocesan bishop.
There was, until 2009, another suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Maidstone, but it was decided in November 2010 that no further appointments would be made to that post. Two further suffragans whose sees are located in the diocese — Ebbsfleet and Richborough — are really provincial episcopal visitors with a focus more wide-ranging than the local diocese.
Besides the Archbishop and the Bishop of Dover, several other men are licensed as bishops in the diocese. Alternative episcopal oversight (for parishes in the diocese who reject the ministry of priests who are women) is provided by the provincial episcopal visitor (PEV) the Bishop suffragan of Richborough, the Rt Revd Norman Banks. Unlike most in dioceses, Banks does not need to be licensed as an honorary assistant bishop since he is a suffragan in the diocese. There are four honorary assistant bishops licensed in the diocese:
- 2000–present: The Rt Revd Michael Gear, retired former Bishop suffragan of Doncaster, lives in Yalding in the neighbouring diocese of Rochester.
- 2003–present: A retired former Bishop of Durham and Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Revd Michael Turnbull, lives in Sandwich.
- 2008–present: In Thanington Without (in Canterbury itself) lives the Rt Revd Richard Llewellin, a retired former Bishop at Lambeth (chief of staff for the Archbishop at Lambeth Palace.)
- 2009–present: The Rt Revd Graham Cray, the Archbishops' Missioner and fresh expressions Team Leader (a former Bishop suffragan of Maidstone) lives in Harrietsham.
- John Wallis Academy — school in Ashford sponsored by the diocese