Diocese of Exeter

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Diocese of Exeter
Location
Ecclesiastical province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Barnstaple, Exeter, Plymouth, Totnes
Statistics
Parishes 506
Churches 625
Information
Cathedral Exeter Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter
Suffragans Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Crediton and Bishop-designate of Plymouth
Archdeacons Ian Chandler, Archdeacon of Plymouth
Christopher Futcher, Archdeacon of Exeter
Clive Cohen, Acting Archdeacon of Totnes
Mike Edson, Acting Archdeacon of Barnstaple
Website
exeter.anglican.org

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)[1] 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.

History[edit]

The Diocese of Crediton was created out of the Diocese of Sherborne in AD 909 to cover the area of Devon and Cornwall.[2] 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.[3]

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.[3]

The diocese remained unchanged until 1876, when the former Archdeaconry of Cornwall became the independent Diocese of Truro.

Organisation[edit]

Bishops[edit]

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 five former bishops licensed as honorary assistant bishops in the diocese:

Archdeaconries[edit]

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)

Archdeaconry of Totnes (est. bef. 1140; Archdeacon: the Ven John Rawlings)

Archdeaconry of Barnstaple (est. bef. 1143; Archdeacon: the Ven David Gunn-Johnson)

Archdeaconry of Plymouth (est. 1918; Archdeacon: the Ven Ian Chandler)

Coat of arms[edit]

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.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Diocese of Exeter – Election of new Bishop of Exeter formally confirmed (Accessed 9 May 2014)
  2. ^ Crediton Festival 2009. Retrieved on 5 June 2008.
  3. ^ a b Exeter: Ecclesiastical History. Retrieved on 5 June 2008.
  4. ^ "Hawkins, Rt Rev. Richard Stephen". Who's Who 2014. Who's Who (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mason JP". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 26 April 2014.  (Subscription required)
  6. ^ "Shaw, Rt Rev. (Alexander) Martin". Who's Who 2014. Who's Who (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ashby, Rt Rev. Godfrey William Ernest Candler". Who's Who 2014. Who's Who (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ashby GWEC". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 August 2014.  (Subscription required)
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ Exeter Diocese: Resources in "CCEd, the Clergy of the Church of England database" (Accessed online, 5 February 2014)

Further reading[edit]

  • Oliver, George (1846) Monasticon Dioecesis Exoniensis: being a collection of records and instruments illustrating the ancient conventual, collegiate, and eleemosynary foundations, in the Counties of Cornwall and Devon, with historical notices, and a supplement, comprising a list of the dedications of churches in the Diocese, an amended edition of the taxation of Pope Nicholas, and an abstract of the Chantry Rolls; [with supplement and index]. Exeter: P. A. Hannaford, 1846, 1854, 1889

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°43′21″N 3°31′46″W / 50.72250°N 3.52944°W / 50.72250; -3.52944