Diocese of Coventry

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Diocese of Coventry

Dioecesis Coventriensis
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Coventry
Coat of arms
Flag of the Diocese of Coventry
Ecclesiastical provinceCanterbury
ArchdeaconriesWarwick, Coventry
CathedralCoventry Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopRuth Worsley, Acting Bishop of Coventry and Bishop of Taunton
SuffraganBishop of Warwick (vacant; Saju Muthalaly, Bishop of Loughborough is part-time Assistant Bishop of Coventry)
ArchdeaconsBarry Dugmore, Archdeacon Missioner (Archdeacon of Warwick)
Archdeacon Pastor/Archdeacon of Coventry (vacant)
Official website

The Diocese of Coventry is a Church of England diocese in the Province of Canterbury. It is headed by the Bishop of Coventry, who sits at Coventry Cathedral in Coventry, and is assisted by one suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Warwick. The diocese covers Coventry and Warwickshire.

The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries, Warwick and Coventry. Warwick archdeaconry is then divided into the deaneries of Shipston, Fosse, Alcester, Southam and Warwick & Leamington, whilst Coventry archdeaconry is divided into the deaneries of Rugby, Nuneaton, Kenilworth, and Coventry South, East and North.[1]

The diocese was formed on 6 September 1918 from part of the Diocese of Worcester.[2]

An ancient diocese exists (now called the Diocese of Lichfield) which had the title the "Diocese of Coventry" from 1102 until 1228, then "Diocese of Coventry and Lichfield" until 1539, then "Diocese of Lichfield and Coventry" until 1837, when Coventry itself was passed to the Diocese of Worcester. There were then two Bishops suffragan of Coventry in that diocese, 1891–1903.


Usually, the diocesan Bishop of Coventry, is assisted by a Bishop suffragan of Warwick, but both Sees are currently vacant. Since 6 November 2023, Ruth Worsley (Bishop of Taunton in the Diocese of Bath and Wells) is also part-time Acting Bishop of Coventry;[3] and since 9 November, Saju Muthalaly (Bishop of Loughborough in the Diocese of Leicester) has also been part-time Assistant Bishop of Coventry.[4] The provincial episcopal visitor (for parishes in the diocese who reject the ministry of priests who are women) is the Bishop suffragan of Ebbsfleet, who is licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his work there.

David Evans, a former Bishop of Peru and Bolivia, has been licensed as an honorary assistant bishop in the diocese since 2003; returned to England in 1988 and retired to Warwick in 2010.[5]

Archdeaconries and archdeacons[edit]

While the diocese is divided into archdeaconries and has archdeacons like other dioceses, Coventry diocese is unique in that the two do not correlate. In 2010, the post of Archdeacon of Warwick was replaced by that of Archdeacon Missioner (Morris Rodham was appointed) and statutory oversight over the archdeaconry of Warwick was delegated to the Archdeacon of Coventry (then Ian Watson).[6] Following Watson's retirement in 2012, John Green was appointed as Acting Archdeacon of Coventry pending his installation into the new role of Archdeacon Pastor, which duly occurred on 9 December 2012.[7] These arrangements follow the Bishop's 2009 document Signposts for the Future, and the creation of the two posts of Archdeacon Missioner and Archdeacon Pastor are consistent with the suggested "transitional period" after which there will be only one archdeacon in the diocese.[8] Rodham and Green remained, legally, collated to the Archdeaconries of Warwick and of Coventry.[9] Green retired at the end of August 2017, and Clive Hogger joined him as Acting Archdeacon for July and August, then remained Acting Archdeacon after Green's retirement.[10] Sue Field was collated Archdeacon Pastor and Archdeacon of Coventry on 18 March 2018;[11] Barry Dugmore was collated Archdeacon Missioner and Archdeacon of Warwick on 6 October 2019.[12] Field was required to resign in January 2023 following disciplinary proceedings.[13]

List of churches[edit]

Location Church
Alcester St. Nicholas, Butter Street
Alderminster St. Mary and Holy Cross
Allesley All Saints, Birmingham Road
Allesley Park St. Christopher, Winsford Avenue
Alveston St. James
Ansley St. Lawrence, Church End
Ansty St. James
Arley St. Wilfrid, Rectory Road
Arrow The Holy Trinity
Ashow The Assumption of our Lady
Astley St. Mary the Virgin, Nuthurst Lane
Aston Cantlow St. John Baptist
Atherstone St. Mary, Market Square
Attleborough Holy Trinity, Fifield Close
Baginton St. John Baptist, Church Road
Barcheston St. Martin
Barford St. Peter, Church Street
Barton-on-the-Heath St. Lawrence
Bearley St. Mary the Virgin, Church Lane
Beaudesert St. Nicholas
Bedworth All Saint's
Berkswell St. John Baptist, Church Lane
Bidford on Avon St. Laurence, Church Street
Bilton St. Mark, Church Walk
Binley St. Bartholomew, Brinklow Road
Binton St. Peter
Birdingbury St. Leonard, Frankton Road
Bishop's Itchington St. Michael
Bishops Tachbrook St. Chad, Church Hill
Bourton St. Peter
Brailes St. George, High Street
Brinklow St. John Baptist
Brownsover Christ Church, Helvellyn Way
Bubbenhall St. Giles
Budbrooke St. Michael, Church Hill
Bulkington St. James, School Road
Burmington St. Barnabas and St. Nicholas
Burton Dassett All Saints
Burton Hastings St. Botolph
Butlers Marston St. Peter and St. Paul
Caldecote St. Theobald and St. Chad
Camp Hill St. Mary and St. John
Canley St. Stephen
Charlecote St. Leonard
Cherington St. John Baptist
Chesterton St. Giles
Cheylesmore Christ Church
Chilvers Coton All Saints
Church Lawford St. Peter
Churchover The Holy Trinity
Claverdon St. Michael and All Angels
Clifford Chambers St. Helen
Clifton-upon-Dunsmore St. Mary
Combroke St. Mary and St. Margaret
Copston Magna St. John
Coughton St. Peter
Coventry St. Alban
Coventry St. Anne and All Saints
Coventry St. Margaret, Ball Hill
Coventry St. Peter Hillfields
Coventry Holy Trinity
Coventry St. George
Coventry St. John Baptist
Coventry St. Mary Magdalen
Coventry St. Michael (Cathedral)
Cubbington St. Mary
Darlingscott St. George
Dunchurch St. Peter
Earlsdon St. Barbara
Eastern Green St. Andrew
Ettington Holy Trinity and St. Thomas of Canterbury
Exhall St. Giles
Farnborough St. Botolph
Fenny Compton St. Peter and St. Clare
Fillongley St. Mary and All Saints
Finham St. Martin in the Fields
Flecknoe St. Mark
Fletchamstead St. James
Foleshill St. Laurence
Foleshill St. Paul
Frankton St. Nicholas
Gaydon with Chadshunt St. Giles
Grandborough St. Peter
Great Alne St. Mary Magdalen
Halford Our Blessed Lady
Hampton Lucy St. Peter ad Vincula
Harborough Magna All Saints
Harbury Holy Trinity
Haselor St. Mary and All Saints
Haseley St. Mary
Hatton with Haseley Holy Trinity
Henley-in-Arden St. John the Baptist
Hillmorton St. John the Baptist
Holbrooks St. Luke
Honiley St. John the Baptist
Honington All Saints
Hunningham St. Margaret
Idlicote St. James the Great
Ilmington St. Mary
Kenilworth St. John
Kenilworth St. Nicholas
Kenilworth St. Barnabas
Keresley St. Thomas
Kineton St. Peter
Kinwarton St. Mary the Virgin
Ladbroke All Saints
Langley St. Mary
Leamington St. John Baptist
Leamington Hastings All Saints
Leamington Priors All Saints
Leamington Priors St. Mary
Leamington Priors St. Paul
Leamington Spa Holy Trinity
Leamington Spa St. Mark
Leek Wootton All Saints
Lighthorne St. Laurence
Lillington St. Mary Magdalene
Long Compton St. Peter and St. Paul
Long Itchington Holy Trinity
Longford St. Thomas
Long Lawford St. John
Lower Shuckburgh St. John the Baptist
Lowsonford St. Luke
Loxley St. Nicholas
Luddington All Saints
Mancetter St. Peter
Mappleborough Green Holy Ascension
Marton St. Esprit
Meriden & Great Packington St. Laurence
Monks Kirby St. Edith's
Moreton Morrell Holy Cross
Morton Bagot Holy Trinity
Napton on the Hill St. Lawrence
New Arley St. Michael
Newbold-on-Avon St. Botolph
Newbold on Stour St. David
Newbold Pacey St. George
Newton The Good Shepherd
North End All Saints
Norton Lindsey Holy Trinity
Nuneaton St. Mary
Nuneaton St. Nicolas
Offchurch St. Gregory
Old Milverton St. James
Oldberrow St. Mary
Oxhill St. Lawrence
Pailton St. Denys
Pillerton Hersey with Pillerton Priors St. Mary
Potters Green St. Philip
Preston Bagot All Saints
Preston-on-Stour St. Mary
Princethorpe St Cuthbert
Priors Hardwick St. Mary
Priors Marston St. Leonard
Radford (North) St. Francis of Assisi
Radford Semele St. Nicholas
Radford St. Nicholas
Radway St. Peter
Ratley St. Peter ad Vincula
Rowington St. Lawrence the Martyr
Rugby St Matthew
Rugby St Oswalds
Rugby Overslade Church
Ryton on Dunsmore St. Leonard
Salford Priors St. Matthew
Sambourne Mission Church
Sherbourne All Saints
Shilton St. Andrew
Shipston on Stour St. Edmund
Shottery St. Andrew
Shotteswell St. Laurence
Snitterfield St. James the Great
Southam St. James
Spernall St. Paul
Stockingford St. Paul
Stockton St. Michael
Stoneleigh St. Mary
Stratford upon Avon Holy Trinity
Stretton-on-Dunsmore All Saints
Stretton on Fosse St. Peter
Studley Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary
Styvechale St. James
Sutton under Brailes St. Thomas a Becket
Temple Grafton St. Andrew
Thurlaston St. Edmund
Tiddington St. Peter
Tile Hill St. Oswald
Tredington St. Gregory
Tysoe Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Ufton St. Michael and All Angels
Ullenhall St. Mary the Virgin
Walsgrave on Sowe St. Mary
Walton D'Eivile St. James
Wappenbury St. John Baptist
Warmington St. Michael
Warwick Christ Church
Warwick All Saints
Warwick Collegiate Church of St Mary
Warwick St. Nicholas
Wasperton St. John the Baptist
Weddington St. James
Weethley Hamlet St. James
Wellesbourne St. Peter
Weston under Wetherley St. Michael
Westwood St. John the Baptist
Whatcote St. Peter
Whichford St. Michael
Whitchurch St. Mary
Whitley St. James
Whitnash St. Margaret
Willenhall St. John the Divine
Willey St. Leonard
Willoughby St. Nicholas
Withybrook All Saints
Wixford St. Milburga
Wolford St. Michael
Wolston St. Margaret
Wolverton St. Mary the Virgin
Wolvey St. John the Baptist
Wood End St. Chad
Wootton Wawen St. Peter
Wormleighton St. Peter
Wyken St. Mary Magdalene
Wyken Croft Risen Christ


  1. ^ [1] Archived 12 December 2005 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "No. 30887". The London Gazette. 6 September 1918. p. 10533.
  3. ^ "Acting Bishop of Coventry". Diocese of Coventry. Archived from the original on 21 December 2023. Retrieved 21 December 2023.
  4. ^ "Bishop Saju to support Coventry Diocese during Vacancy-in-See". Diocese of Leicester. 13 September 2023. Archived from the original on 16 November 2023. Retrieved 21 December 2023.
  5. ^ "Evans, David Richard John". Who's Who. Vol. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black. Retrieved 25 April 2014. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  6. ^ "Coventry Diocese – Background Notes to the Appointment of an Archdeacon Missioner (October 2009)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  7. ^ Coventry Diocese – A New Archdeacon for Coventry and Warwickshire Archived 12 January 2013 at archive.today
  8. ^ "Coventry Diocese – Signposts for the Future (2009)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 September 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  9. ^ National Archdeacons' Forum — Archdeacons’ News — #26, July 2017 (Accessed 9 September 2017)
  10. ^ Diocese of Coventry — Appointment of Acting Archdeacon[permanent dead link] (Accessed 9 September 2017)
  11. ^ Diocese of Coventry — Hundreds welcome our new Archdeacon Pastor[permanent dead link] (Accessed 25 March 2018)
  12. ^ "Choral Evensong and licensing of Barry Dugmore as Archdeacon Missioner – Coventry Cathedral". www.coventrycathedral.org.uk. Archived from the original on 1 October 2019.
  13. ^ "CDM Penalties imposed (under sections: 16 | 30 | 31 )". Church of England. Archived from the original on 31 January 2023. Retrieved 10 March 2023.

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