Diocese of Newcastle
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|Diocese of Newcastle|
|Bishop||Christine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle|
|Suffragan||Frank White, Assistant Bishop of Newcastle[N 1]
Bishop of Berwick (bishop-designate: Mark Tanner)
|Archdeacons||Geoff Miller, Archdeacon of Northumberland
Peter Robinson, Archdeacon of Lindisfarne
The Diocese of Newcastle is a Church of England diocese based in Newcastle upon Tyne, covering the historic county of Northumberland (and therefore including the part of Tyne and Wear north of the River Tyne), as well as the area of Alston Moor in Cumbria (historic Cumberland).
The diocese came into being on 23 May 1882, and was one of four created by the Bishoprics Act 1878 (41 & 42 Vict. c. 68) for industrial areas with rapidly expanding populations. The area of the diocese was taken from the part of the Diocese of Durham which was north of the River Tyne, and was defined in the legislation as comprising:
"the county of Northumberland, and the counties of the towns of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Berwick-upon-Tweed, and to include such detached parts of any other county as are under any Act of Parliament deemed to form part of the county of Northumberland, or have been or can be transferred to the county of Northumberland by the justices in general or quarter sessions assembled, and to include also the ancient common law parish of Alston with its chapelries in the county of Cumberland".
The diocesan Bishop of Newcastle is the ordinary of the diocese and is assisted by the Assistant Bishop of Newcastle (who is technically a stipendiary assistant bishop since there is no suffragan bishop in the diocese – although there is one lapsed suffragan see.) Alternative episcopal oversight (for parishes in the diocese who reject the ministry of priests who are women) is provided by the provincial episcopal visitor (PEV) the Bishop suffragan of Beverley, Glyn Webster. He is licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his work there.
On 28 November 2015, Frank White, the Assistant Bishop, presented a proposal to the Diocesan Synod (within which diocese Berwick now lies) to revive the abeyant Suffragan See of Berwick. The Dioceses Commission approved the petition to revive the See and the post was advertised in April 2016.
Besides Webster, there are two retired honorary assistant bishops licensed in the diocese:
- 2003–present: A retired Bishop suffragan of Bedford, John Richardson, lives in Bewcastle, Cumbria and is also licensed in Carlisle diocese.
- 2005–present: Stephen Pedley, retired Bishop suffragan of Lancaster, lives in Warden, Northumberland.
- 2014–present: Stephen Platten, Rector of St Michael Cornhill (Diocese of London) and retired Bishop of Wakefield (also in London and Southwark dioceses.)
- 2014–present: John Packer, Bishop of Ripon and Leeds and former Bishop suffragan of Warrington, retired in 2014 to Cullercoats.
- The London Gazette: . 23 May 1882. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
- Newcastle Diocesan Synod, 28 November 2015 — Agenda (Accessed 19 January 2016)
- Newcastle Diocesan Synod, 28 November 2015 — Suffragan See of Berwick (Accessed 19 January 2016)
- Diocese of Newcastle — Frank White to retire in September (Accessed 28 April 2016)
- Diocese of Newcastle — Suffragan See of Berwick ~ consultation (Accessed 28 April 2016)
- "John Henry Richardson". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016. (subscription required)
- Pedley, Rt Rev. (Geoffrey) Stephen. Who's Who. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- "Appointments". Church Times (#7920). 2 January 2014. p. 31. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 2 January 2015. (subscription required (. ))
- "John Richard Packer". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016. (subscription required)
- The Assistant Bishop of Newcastle is not technically or legally a suffragan bishop, but generally acts as one in every other way.