Assistant Bishop of Newcastle

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The Assistant Bishop of Newcastle is an episcopal title used by the sole full-time stipendiary assistant bishop (effectively suffragan bishop) of the Church of England Diocese of Newcastle in the Province of York, England.[1] The title takes its name as the bishop who assists the diocesan Bishop of Newcastle.

Frank White has been the Assistant Bishop of Newcastle since 28 November 2010,[2] having previously served in the Diocese of Peterborough as suffragan Bishop of Brixworth for eight years.

On 28 November 2015, White (at the end of a vacancy in the diocesan See), presented a proposal to the Diocesan Synod to revive the abeyant Suffragan See of Berwick.[3][4] The Dioceses Commission approved the petition to revive the See,[5] so no new Assistant Bishop will be appointed, but a Bishop of Berwick will instead.

List of bishops[edit]

Assistant Bishops of Newcastle
From Until Incumbent Notes
1980 1998[6] Ken Gill Formerly Bishop of the Central Karnataka Diocese of the Church of South India.[7] Appointed stipendiary Assistant Bishop of Newcastle in 1980.[8]
1998 2010 Paul Richardson Formerly Bishop of Wangaratta in the Anglican Church of Australia. Resigned and joined the Roman Catholic Church[9]
2010 present Frank White Formerly suffragan Bishop of Brixworth.[2]


  1. ^ Anglican Communion — Newcastle
  2. ^ a b Diocese of Newcastle — New Assistant Bishop of Newcastle announced
  3. ^ Newcastle Diocesan Synod, 28 November 2015 — Agenda (Accessed 19 January 2016)
  4. ^ Newcastle Diocesan Synod, 28 November 2015 — Suffragan See of Berwick (Accessed 19 January 2016)
  5. ^ Diocese of Newcastle — Frank White to retire in September (Accessed 28 April 2016)
  6. ^ Haydon News, April 1998 (p. 12)
  7. ^ "Archbishop of Canterbury Awards Lambeth Degrees". Official Archbishop of Canterbury website. 7 September 2004. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  8. ^ Whittaker's Almanack (120th ed.). London: Whitaker and Sons Ltd. 1988. p. 488. ISBN 0-85021-178-6. 
  9. ^ ""Church of England bishop converts to Rome" - Damian Thompson - Daily Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph. London. 17 February 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2011.