Diocese in Europe
|Diocese in Europe|
|Archdeaconries||Eastern, France, Germany and Northern Europe, Gibraltar, Italy and Malta, Northwest Europe, Switzerland|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar|
|Co-cathedral||St Paul's Pro-Cathedral
Holy Trinity, Brussels
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Justin Welby|
The Diocese in Europe (short form for "The Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe") is geographically the largest diocese of the Church of England and the largest diocese in the Anglican Communion, covering some one-sixth of the Earth's landmass, including Morocco, Europe (excluding the British Isles), Turkey, Mongolia and the territory of the former Soviet Union.
The See Cathedral is the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar and there are two Pro-Cathedrals in Malta and Brussels. The diocese is headed by the Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, who is assisted by the Suffragan Bishop in Europe. The present bishop, Rob Innes, was commissioned and consecrated on 20 July 2014. The current suffragan bishop is David Hamid, who was consecrated bishop on 17 October 2002. The pro-cathedrals are St Paul's Cathedral, Valletta, Malta, and Pro-Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Brussels, Belgium.
The diocese is attached to the Province of Canterbury. The Diocese of Gibraltar was created on 29 September 1842 and at that time covered all Anglican chaplaincies from Portugal to the Caspian Sea. On 30 June 1980, the diocese was amalgamated with the Jurisdiction of North and Central Europe (exercised by the Bishop of London through the Suffragan Bishop of Fulham) and renamed the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe (it has since become commonly known as the Diocese in Europe). It is divided into seven archdeaconries.
- Eastern Archdeaconry, consisting of: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. The previous archdeacon was Patrick Curran, who was based in Vienna, Austria and served 2002–2015. The archdeacon is assisted by two area deans (one in Athens, Greece and one in Moscow, Russia). Colin Williams became the full-time Archdeacon in October 2015, taking charge of both the Eastern archdeaconry and that of Germany and Northern Europe, and being based in Frankfurt, Germany.
- Archdeaconry of Germany and Northern Europe, consisting of: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden. The archdeacon is assisted by two area deans.
- Archdeaconry of France (including Monaco). The current archdeacon is Meurig Williams (2016) and is assisted by two area deans.
- Archdeaconry of Gibraltar, consisting of: Andorra, Gibraltar, Morocco, Portugal, and Spain. The current archdeacon is Geoff Johnston. The archdeacon is assisted by two area deans.
- Archdeaconry of Italy and Malta. The current archdeacon is Vickie Sims (2016). She is based in Milan, Italy and assisted by one area dean.
- Archdeaconry of Northwest Europe, consisting of: Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. The Acting Archdeacon is Paul Vrokijk (2016). The archdeacon is assisted by two area deans.
- Archdeaconry of Switzerland. The acting archdeacon is Adèle Kelham (2016) who is based in Lausanne.
The diocese also licences many honorary assistant bishops to fulfill some episcopal duties across the European diocese. Several of these are the current bishops of other churches in Europe in communion with the Church of England:
- Pierre Whalon has been the bishop-in-charge of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe since 2001. He lives in Paris, France.
- Matthias Ring has been the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of the Old Catholics in Germany since 2010; the diocese is based in Bonn, Germany.
- Jorge de Pina Cabral has been the diocesan bishop of the Lusitanian Church since 2012; the diocese is based in Gaia, Portugal.
- 1994–present: Michael Manktelow, retired Bishop suffragan of Basingstoke, lives in Chichester, West Sussex.
- 2001–present: Richard Garrard, retired Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome & Archbishop's Representative to the Holy See and former Bishop of Penrith, lives in Upper Stoke, Norfolk and is also licensed in the Diocese of Norwich.
- 2002–present: Edward Holland, retired Bishop of Colchester, lives in Hammersmith, Greater London and is licensed in the Diocese of London.
- 2002–present: David Smith, retired Bishop of Bradford, lives in Dunnington, North Yorkshire and is also licensed in York diocese.
- 2003–present: John Flack, retired Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome & Archbishop's Representative to the Holy See and former Bishop of Huntingdon, lives in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire.
- Alan Chesters, retired diocesan Bishop of Blackburn, lives in Lingfield, Surrey.
- 2003–present: A retired former Bishop of Durham and Bishop of Rochester, Michael Turnbull, lives in Sandwich, Kent.
- 2011–present: retired Bishop of Salisbury David Stancliffe lives in Stanhope, County Durham (he is also licensed in Durham diocese.)
- 2011–present: Stephen Venner, retired Bishop of Dover, current Bishop for the Falkland Islands and Bishop to the Forces, lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire and is also licensed in the Diocese of Rochester.
- 2013–present: retired Bishop of Blackburn Nicholas Reade lives in Bexhill, East Sussex.
- 2014–present: Michael Colclough, retired Canon Pastor of St Paul's Cathedral and former Bishop of Kensington, lives in Chelsea, Greater London, and is also licensed in the Diocese of London.
- Fernando da Luz Soares, retired bishop of the Lusitanian church, is listed as having been licensed since 1995; he retired in 2013 but remains bishop emeritus of that church and apparently remains in Gaia, Portugal.
- 1999–present: Patrick Harris, retired Bishop of Southwell, lives in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, in the UK, and is also licensed in the Diocese of Gloucester.
- 1999–present: Joachim Vobbe is a retired bishop (now bishop emeritus) of the German Old Catholic church; his address is recorded as being in Bonn, Germany.
- Catholic Diocese of the Old Catholics in Germany – Old Catholic/Anglican church in Germany
- Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe - another Anglican jurisdiction in Europe
- Lusitanian Catholic Apostolic Evangelical Church - Anglican church in Portugal
- Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church - Anglican church in Spain
- Diocese in Europe – New Diocesan Bishop Appointed Archived May 8, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. (Accessed 7 May 2014)
- The London Gazette: . 30 September 1842. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
- Official History of the Diocese of Europe Archived June 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- London Gazette, 3 July 1980; Diocese in Europe Measure 1980
- Diocese in Europe — First full time stipendiary archdeacon appointed (Accessed 29 May 2015)
- Diocese in Europe – Who We Are: Bishop (Accessed 25 April 2014)
- Diocese in Europe – Prayer Diary, January–June 2014 (Accessed 27 April 2014)
- Crockford's Clerical Directory – Benefice: Honorary Assistant Bishops, Diocese: Gibraltar in Europe (Accessed 25 April 2014)