Diocese of Trinidad and Tobago
The Anglican diocese of Trinidad and Tobago is the administrative structure grouping together Anglicans in the nation of Trinidad and Tobago under a bishop. It is one of 8 dioceses of the Church in the Province of the West Indies.
The current bishop of Trinidad and Tobago is The Right Reverend Claude Berkley.
The diocese was set up in 1872. Originally, the area was nominally under the charge of the Bishop of London, a situation which had been assumed to hold from 1660 onwards. In 1813, the then Bishop of London denied it was his responsibility, and so it turned out that clergy appointments to the Church in the Colonies were recommended by the local governor, in this case the governor of the Leeward Islands. From 1824 until 1872 the area was administered by the Bishop of Barbados. The coat of arms of the diocese was granted by the College of Arms in London in 1951, and includes the Alpha and Omega and a version of the Shield of the Trinity.
- 1872–1889 Richard Rawle
- 1889–1904 Thomas Hayes
- 1904–1916 John Welsh
- 1918–1945 Arthur Anstey (also Archbishop of the West Indies, 1943–45)
- 1946–1949 Fabian Jackson
- 1950–1956 Douglas Wilson
- 1957–1961 Noel Chamberlain
- 1961–1970 James Hughes
- 1970–1991 Clive Abdulah
- 1992–2001 Rawle Douglin
- 2001–2011 Calvin Bess
- 2011–present Claude Berkley (coadjutor)
- Diocese website - News
- Diocese website - Schools
- Diocese website - Bishops and Clergy
- A Complete Guide to Heraldry by A.C. Fox-Davies and J.P. Brook-Little (revised 1969 edition), p. 212.
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