Diocese in Europe (formally the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe) is geographically the largest diocese of the Church of England and arguably the largest diocese in the Anglican Communion, covering some one-sixth of the Earth's landmass, including Morocco, Europe (excluding the British Isles), Turkey and the territory of the former Soviet Union.
The cathedral is the
Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar and it is headed by the Bishop in Europe, who is assisted by the Suffragan Bishop in Europe. Bishop Rob Innes was commissioned and consecrated on 20 July 2014. The current suffragan bishop is [1 ] 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.
Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
The diocese is attached to the
Province of Canterbury. The Diocese of Gibraltar was created on 29 September 1842 [2 ] and at that time covered all Anglican [3 ] 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 [4 ] archdeaconries.
Archdeaconries [ edit ]
A map showing the Diocese in Europe. Archdeaconries are colour-coded.
Archdeacon of Europe's area: on 24 May 2015, it was announced that Colin Williams would become full-time "Archdeacon of Europe" from October 2015, that he would take charge of both the Eastern archdeaconry and that of Germany and Northern Europe, and that he would be based in Frankfurt, Germany.
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 current archdeacon is Patrick Curran, who is based in Vienna, Austria and has served since 2002. He is assisted by two area deans (one in Athens, Greece and one in Moscow, Russia) and is to resign before October 2015. [5 ]
Archdeaconry of Germany and Northern Europe, consisting of: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden. The most recent archdeacon is Jonathan LLoyd, who was based in Copenhagen and served from 2010 until 2013, when he left to take up a position in England. He was assisted by two area deans. [6 ]
Archdeaconry of (including France Monaco). The current (2008) archdeacon is Ian Naylor who is based in Pau and has served since 2013.
Archdeaconry of Gibraltar, consisting of: Andorra, Gibraltar, Morocco, Portugal, and Spain. The current archdeacon is David Sutch who was appointed in 2008. He is based in Fuengirola, Spain.
Archdeaconry of The current archdeacon is Jonathan Boardman (2008). He is based in Italy and Malta. Rome, Italy.
Archdeaconry of Northwest Europe, consisting of: Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. The Acting Archdeacon is Meurig Williams (2012).
Archdeaconry of The current archdeacon is Peter Potter (2009). He is based in Switzerland. Bern.
Bishops [ edit ]
The diocese is led by the diocesan
Bishop in Europe, Rob Innes, and the Suffragan Bishop in Europe, David Hamid. Under Geoffrey Rowell (the previous diocesan) and Hamid, there was no alternative episcopal oversight in the diocese (for churches which reject the ministry of priests who are women) because both bishops did not ordain women.
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:
The rest are retired Anglican bishops resident in
England. The following are licensed as of March 2014 according to the official diocesan website: [7 ]
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. [9 ] 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.
Additionally, there are several more honorary assistant bishops listed
Crockford's Clerical Directory as of March 2014 : [10 ]
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. 1998–present:
John Taylor, retired Bishop of St Albans, lives in Cambridge, UK, and is also licensed in Ely diocese. 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.
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