Anglican Diocese of Liverpool

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Diocese of Liverpool

Dioecesis Liverpolitana
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Liverpool
Coat of arms
Ecclesiastical provinceYork
ArchdeaconriesLiverpool, Knowsley and Sefton, St Helens and Warrington, Wigan and West Lancashire
CathedralLiverpool Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopJohn Perumbalath, Bishop of Liverpool
SuffraganBev Mason, Bishop of Warrington

The Diocese of Liverpool is a Church of England diocese based in Liverpool, covering Merseyside north of the River Mersey, part of West Lancashire, part of Wigan in Greater Manchester, Widnes and part of Warrington and in Cheshire (it was originally formed from the then West Derby hundred of the historic county of Lancashire). The cathedral is Liverpool Cathedral and the bishop is the Bishop of Liverpool. The diocese was formed on 9 April 1880[1] from part of the Diocese of Chester.


The diocese's House of Bishops comprises the diocesan Bishop of Liverpool (John Perumbalath),[2] the suffragan Bishop of Warrington (Bev Mason), and the honorary assistant bishop (since 1999) and pro-vice chancellor emeritus at Liverpool Hope University, Ian Stuart[3][4] (a former Assistant Bishop of North Queensland.) 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 Beverley, Glyn Webster. He is licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his work there.

There are two retired bishops living in the diocese:[5]

In May 2016, it was announced that Susan Goff, Suffragan Bishop of Virginia, had been licensed as an honorary assistant bishop (called "Assisting Bishop of Liverpool") in the diocese, as part of the companion link with the American Episcopalian Diocese of Virginia.[6] In response, the Diocese of Akure, Nigeria, has indicated that they wish to end their part of the companion link.[7]

Archdeaconries and deaneries[edit]

Diocese Archdeaconries Rural Deaneries
Diocese of Liverpool Archdeaconry of Liverpool Deanery of Liverpool North
Deanery of Liverpool South
Deanery of Toxteth and Wavertree
Deanery of Walton
Deanery of West Derby
Archdeaconry of St Helens & Warrington Deanery of St Helens
Deanery of Warrington
Deanery of Widnes
Deanery of Winwick
Archdeaconry of Knowsley & Sefton Deanery of Huyton
Deanery of North Meols
Deanery of Sefton North1
Deanery of Sefton South2
Archdeaconry of Wigan & West Lancashire Deanery of Ormskirk
Deanery of Wigan

1named Sefton until 2012

2named Bootle until 2017


  1. ^ "No. 24832". The London Gazette. 9 April 1880. p. 2435.
  2. ^ "Announcing the next Bishop of Liverpool". Diocese of Liverpool. 18 October 2022. Archived from the original on 18 October 2022. Retrieved 20 October 2022.
  3. ^ "The Diocese of Liverpool – Bishops". Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  4. ^ The Diocese of Liverpool – Diocesan Synod
  5. ^ Diocesan Synod Membership – March 2013 (Accessed 24 April 2014)
  6. ^ Diocese of Liverpool — Historic Appointment of Bishop Susan Goff as Assisting Bishop of Liverpool (Accessed 5 June 2015)
  7. ^ Diocese of Liverpool — The Diocese of Liverpool and the Anglican Communion (Accessed 5 June 2015)

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Coordinates: 53°23′51″N 2°58′23″W / 53.39750°N 2.97306°W / 53.39750; -2.97306