Diocese of Bristol

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Coordinates: 51°27′06″N 2°36′03″W / 51.4517°N 2.6008°W / 51.4517; -2.6008

Diocese of Bristol
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Location
Ecclesiastical province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Bristol, Malmesbury
Statistics
Parishes 167
Churches 207
Information
Cathedral Bristol Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Viv Faull, Bishop of Bristol
Suffragan Lee Rayfield, Bishop of Swindon
Archdeacons Michael Johnson, Acting Archdeacon of Bristol
Graham Archer, Acting Archdeacon of Malmesbury
Website
bristol.anglican.org

The Diocese of Bristol is a Church of England diocese in the Province of Canterbury, England. It is based in the city of Bristol and covers South Gloucestershire and parts of north Wiltshire, as far east as Swindon. The diocese is headed by the Bishop of Bristol and the Episcopal seat is located at the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, commonly known as Bristol Cathedral.

History[edit]

Until the Reformation, Bristol was part of the medieval Diocese of Worcester.[1][2] Under the Suffragan Bishops Act 1534, Henry Holbeach was appointed the only suffragan bishop of Bristol in 1538 and assisted the Bishop of Worcester in overseeing the medieval diocese. Nearly two years later, Bristol became part of the newly formed Diocese of Gloucester in 1541.[1][2] The following year, the Diocese of Bristol was established on 4 June 1542 and consisted of the city of Bristol together with the county of Dorset.[1][2] The Diocese of Bristol continued until 5 October 1836 when Dorset was annexed to the Diocese of Salisbury and the remainder, the city of Bristol, formed part of the Diocese of Gloucester and Bristol.[1][3] After sixty years, the Diocese of Bristol was "reconstituted" on 7 July 1897, but with different boundaries.[4]

Organisation[edit]

Bishops[edit]

Viv Faull has been the diocesan Bishop of Bristol since the confirmation of her election on 25 June 2018;[5] the bishop is assisted by Lee Rayfield, Bishop suffragan of Swindon. The provincial episcopal visitor (for parishes in the diocese who reject the ministry of priests who are women) 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 four retired bishops licensed as honorary assistant bishops in the diocese:

Archdeaconries and deaneries[edit]

The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries, each of which is further divided into deaneries (groups of parishes).

Diocese Archdeaconries Rural Deaneries
Diocese of Bristol Archdeaconry of Bristol Deanery of Bristol South
Deanery of Bristol West
City Deanery
Archdeaconry of Malmesbury Deanery of Chippenham
Deanery of Kingswood and South Gloucestershire
Deanery of North Wiltshire
Deanery of Swindon

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Horn, J. M. (1996). "Bristol: Introduction". Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857: Volume 8: Bristol, Gloucester, Oxford and Peterborough Dioceses. British History Online. pp. 3–6.
  2. ^ a b c Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Ancient Diocese of Bristol". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.
  3. ^ "No. 19426". The London Gazette. 7 October 1836. pp. 1734–1738.
  4. ^ "No. 26871". The London Gazette. 9 July 1897. p. 3787.
  5. ^ York Minster — Acting Dean of York (Accessed 29 June 2018)
  6. ^ Neale, John Robert Geoffrey. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 25 April 2014. closed access publication – behind paywall
  7. ^ "Bristol". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  8. ^ Firth, Peter James. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 25 April 2014. closed access publication – behind paywall
  9. ^ Cassidy, George Henry. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 25 April 2014. closed access publication – behind paywall

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