Diocese of Blackburn

Diocese of Blackburn

Coordinates: 53°45′00″N 2°29′06″W / 53.750°N 2.485°W / 53.750; -2.485

Diocese of Blackburn
Ecclesiastical province York
Archdeaconries Blackburn, Lancaster
Parishes 211
Churches 280
Cathedral Blackburn Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Nicholas Reade, Bishop of Blackburn
Suffragans John Goddard, Bishop of Burnley
Geoff Pearson, Bishop of Lancaster
Archdeacons John Hawley, Archdeacon of Blackburn
Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster

The Diocese of Blackburn is a Church of England diocese, covering much of Lancashire, created in 1926 from part of the Diocese of Manchester. The Diocese includes the towns of Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley, and the cities of Lancaster, and Preston, as well as a large part of the Ribble Valley. The cathedral is Blackburn Cathedral and the Diocesan Bishop is The Rt Revd Nicholas Reade, Bishop of Blackburn, appointed in 2004.

The Diocese has two Suffragan Bishops, The Rt Revd John Goddard, Bishop of Burnley, appointed in 2000, and The Rt Revd Geoff Pearson, Bishop of Lancaster, appointed in 2007.

The Diocesan retreat and conference centre is located at Whalley Abbey in the Ribble Valley, alongside the ruins of the 14th century Cistercian monastery, dissolved in 1537. The Abbey was in private possession until 1923 and has been in the possession of the Diocese of Blackburn since 1926.


Churches within the Diocese

Honorary assistant bishops

As of September 2011, the honorary assistant bishops of the diocese include the Rt Revd Alan Winstanley, former Bishop of Bolivia and Peru (Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of America).[1] In September 2011, it was announced that Winstanley will move to Exeter diocese (where, presumably, he will become an honorary assistant bishop, vacating that role in Blackburn).[2]


  1. ^ Diocese of Blackburn Person details
  2. ^ Church Times #7749, 23 September 2011 – Appointments, p. 26

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