Diocese of Exeter
|Diocese of Exeter|
|Archdeaconries||Barnstaple, Exeter, Plymouth, Totnes|
|Bishop||Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter|
|Suffragans||Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Crediton
Bishop of Plymouth (Vacant)
|Archdeacons||David Gunn-Johnson, Archdeacon of Barnstaple
John Rawlings, Archdeacon of Totnes
Ian Chandler, Archdeacon of Plymouth
Christopher Futcher, Archdeacon of Exeter
The Diocese of Exeter is a Church of England diocese covering the county of Devon. It is one of the largest dioceses in England. The Cathedral Church of St Peter in Exeter is the seat of the diocesan Bishop of Exeter. It is part of the Province of Canterbury. The diocesan bishop (since 30 April 2014, Robert Atwell) is assisted in his duties by two suffragan bishops: the Bishop of Crediton and the Bishop of Plymouth. The See of Crediton was created in 1897, and the See of Plymouth in 1923.
The Diocese of Crediton was created out of the Diocese of Sherborne in AD 909 to cover the area of Devon and Cornwall. Crediton was chosen as the site for its cathedral, possibly due it having been the birthplace of Saint Boniface and also the existence of a monastery there.
In 1046, Leofric became the Bishop of Crediton: following his appointment he decided that the see should be moved to the larger, more culturally significant and defensible walled town of Exeter. In 1050, King Edward the Confessor authorised that Exeter was to be the seat of the bishop for Devon and Cornwall and that a cathedral was to be built there for the bishop's throne. Thus, Leofric became the last diocesan Bishop of Crediton and the first Bishop of Exeter.
The current diocesan Bishop of Exeter is Robert Atwell, who is assisted by Nick McKinnel, Bishop suffragan of Crediton (which see was created in 1897); there is a vacant second suffragan see of Plymouth which was erected in 1923. The provincial episcopal visitor (for parishes in this diocese – among twelve others in the western part of the Province of Canterbury – who reject the ministry of priests who are women, since 1994) is Jonathan Goodall, Bishop suffragan of Ebbsfleet, who is licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his work there.
There are six former bishops licensed as honorary assistant bishops in the diocese:
- 1991–present: Colin Docker, retired former area Bishop of Horsham, lives in Bovey Tracey.
- 2005–present: Richard Hawkins, retired former Bishop suffragan of Plymouth and of Crediton, lives in Whipton.
- 2007–present: James Mason, priest-in-charge of St Maurice, Plympton since 2005, was the first diocesan Bishop of Hanuato'o in Melanesia.
- 2010–present: Martin Shaw, a retired former Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, lives in Exeter itself.
- 2011–present: Godfrey Ashby was a diocesan bishop then a divinity professor (and assistant bishop) in South Africa before returning to Britain as full-time Assistant Bishop of Leicester. He retired back to South Africa, where he was an assistant bishop then returned to live in Broadclyst; he is also licensed in Portsmouth diocese.
- 2012–present: Alan Winstanley, Team Vicar at Shirwell etc., was diocesan Bishop of Peru and Bolivia before returning to parish ministry in England in 1993.
The diocese is divided into four archdeaconries. The Bishop suffragan of Crediton generally oversees the Archdeaconries of Barnstaple and Exeter and the Bishop suffragan of Plymouth the Archdeaconries of Plymouth and Totnes.
Archdeaconry of Exeter (est. bef. 1083; Archdeacon: the Ven Christopher Futcher)
- Deanery of Aylesbeare
- Deanery of Cadbury
- Deanery of Christianity
- Deanery of Cullompton
- Deanery of Honiton
- Deanery of Kenn
- Deanery of Ottery
- Deanery of Tiverton
- Deanery of Moreton
- Deanery of Newton Abbot and Ipplepen
- Deanery of Okehampton
- Deanery of Torbay
- Deanery of Totnes
- Deanery of Woodleigh
- Deanery of Barnstaple
- Deanery of Hartland
- Deanery of Holsworthy
- Deanery of Shirwell
- Deanery of South Molton
- Deanery of Torrington
Coat of arms
The arms of the diocese are Gules two keys in saltire Or a sword hilt downwards in pale Argent with hilt Or surmounted by a mitre. The charges are emblems of Saints Peter (keys) and Paul (sword) who are the patron saints of the cathedral.
- Diocese of Exeter – Election of new Bishop of Exeter formally confirmed (Accessed 9 May 2014)
- Crediton Festival 2009. Retrieved on 5 June 2008.
- Exeter: Ecclesiastical History. Retrieved on 5 June 2008.
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- "Mason JP". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 26 April 2014. (Subscription required)
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- "Winstanley, Rt Rev. Alan Leslie". Who's Who 2014. Who's Who (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
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