Anglican Church of Bermuda

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The Anglican Church of Bermuda[1] (as the Church of England in the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda was retitled in 1978) is a single diocese consisting of nine parishes, and is a part of the Anglican Communion[2] (Episcopal), though part of no ecclesiastical province. The current Bishop of Bermuda, seated at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in the City of Hamilton, is Nicholas Dill.[3]

As an extra-provincial[4] diocese, both metropolitan and primatial authority come directly from the Archbishop of Canterbury. Among its Parish churches is St. Peter's Church, in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. George's Town. St. George's is the oldest English town in the New World, and St. Peter's is the oldest Anglican, and the oldest Protestant, church in the New World.

The first Church of England services in Bermuda were performed by the Reverend Richard Buck, one of the survivors of the 1609 wreck of the Sea Venture who began Bermuda's permanent settlement. Nine parishes, each with its own church and glebe land, were created when colonisation became official in 1612, but there was rarely more than a pair of ordained Ministers to share between them over the following two centuries. From 1625 to 1839, Bermuda was attached to the See of Nova Scotia. Bermuda then became part of the Diocese of Newfoundland and Bermuda from its creation in 1839 until 1919. In 1879, the Synod of the Church of England in Bermuda was formed and a Diocese of Bermuda became separate from the Diocese of Newfoundland, but continued to be grouped under the Bishop of Newfoundland and Bermuda until 1919, when Newfoundland and Bermuda each received its own Bishop.

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  1. ^ The Anglican Church of Bermuda
  2. ^ Anglican Communion Official Website
  3. ^ Anglican Church of Bermuda Official Website
  4. ^ Anglican Communion Provincial Directory