Diocese of Carlisle

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Diocese of Carlisle
Diocese of Carlisle.PNG
Location
Ecclesiastical province York
Archdeaconries Carlisle,
West Cumberland,
Westmorland and Furness
Statistics
Parishes 267
Churches 349
Information
Cathedral Carlisle Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle
Suffragan Robert Freeman, Bishop of Penrith
Archdeacons Penny Driver, Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness
Dr Richard Pratt, Archdeacon of West Cumberland
Kevin Roberts, Archdeacon of Carlisle
Website
carlislediocese.org.uk

The Diocese of Carlisle was created in 1133 by Henry I out of part of the Diocese of Durham, although many people of Celtic descent in the area looked to Glasgow for spiritual leadership. The first bishop was Æthelwold, he was the king's confessor and became prior of the Augustinian priory at Nostell in Yorkshire. Carlisle was thus the only cathedral in England to be run by Augustinians instead of Benedictines. This only lasted until the reign of Henry III however, when the Augustinians in Carlisle joined the rebels who temporarily handed the city over to Scotland and elected their own bishop. When the revolt was ended, the Augustinians were expelled.

The seat of the diocese is the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity in Carlisle.

The Diocese covers the most of the non-metropolitan county of Cumbria; Alston Moor is part of the Diocese of Newcastle, and the former Sedbergh Rural District is part of the Diocese of Bradford. The diocese originally only covered the northern parts of Cumberland and Westmorland, and expanded to cover the entirety of these, as well as the Furness and Cartmel areas of Lancashire, in 1847, from part of the Diocese of Chester, although this did not take effect until 1856.

Organisation[edit]

Bishops[edit]

Alongside the diocesan Bishop of Carlisle (James Newcome), the Diocese has one suffragan bishop, Robert Freeman, Bishop suffragan of Penrith, appointed in 2011.

John Satterthwaite has lived in Carlisle since his retirement as Bishop in Europe in 1994;[1] there are seven other retired bishops living in the diocese who are licensed as honorary assistant bishops:

Alternative episcopal oversight (for parishes in the diocese which reject the ministry of priests who are women) was, until his retirement on 19 July 2014, provided by the Rt Revd John Goddard, Bishop suffragan of Burnley (from neighbouring Blackburn diocese), who was licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his work there. Following his retirement, no announcement regarding arrangements for AEO has yet been made.

Archdeaconries and deaneries[edit]

The diocese of Carlisle is divided into three archdeaconries, each divided into a number of rural deaneries.

Diocese Archdeaconries Rural Deaneries
Diocese of Carlisle Archdeaconry of Carlisle Rural Deanery of Carlisle
Rural Deanery of Appleby
Rural Deanery of Brampton
Rural Deanery of Penrith
Archdeaconry of West Cumberland Rural Deanery of Calder
Rural Deanery of Derwent
Rural Deanery of Solway
Archdeaconry of Westmorland and Furness Rural Deanery of Barrow
Rural Deanery of Furness
Rural Deanery of Kendal
Rural Deanery of Windermere

From 1889 to 1939, the diocese had one suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Barrow-in-Furness, and from 1939 until 1944, two suffragans bishops (Penrith and Barrow), before the see of Barrow went into the abeyance in which it remains to date.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Satterthwaite JR". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 9 November 2013.  (Subscription required)
  2. ^ "Hacker GL". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 9 November 2013.  (Subscription required)
  3. ^ "Griggs IM". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 9 November 2013.  (Subscription required)
  4. ^ "Graham AAK". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 9 November 2013.  (Subscription required)
  5. ^ "Thompson GH". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 9 November 2013.  (Subscription required)
  6. ^ "Hardy RM". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 9 November 2013.  (Subscription required)
  7. ^ "Richardson JH". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 9 November 2013.  (Subscription required)
  8. ^ Church Times, 5 October 2012 – Gazette, Resignations and Retirements (Accessed 9 November 2013)

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Coordinates: 54°53′41″N 2°56′19″W / 54.8947°N 2.9385°W / 54.8947; -2.9385