Diocese of Wakefield


Diocese of Wakefield

Coordinates: 53°40′48″N 1°30′00″W / 53.680°N 1.500°W / 53.680; -1.500

Diocese of Wakefield
Location
Ecclesiastical province York
Archdeaconries Halifax, Pontefract
Statistics
Parishes 188
Churches 234
Information
Cathedral Wakefield Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Stephen Platten, Bishop of Wakefield
Suffragan Tony Robinson, Bishop of Pontefract
Archdeacons Peter Townley, Archdeacon of Pontefract
Archdeacon of Halifax (Vacant)
Website
wakefield.anglican.org
The spire of the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Wakefield

The Diocese of Wakefield is a Church of England diocese based in Wakefield in West Yorkshire, covering Wakefield, Barnsley, Kirklees and Calderdale. The cathedral is Wakefield Cathedral and the bishop is the Bishop of Wakefield.

The Diocese of Wakefield was created out of the then Diocese of Ripon in 1888 in response to the rapid expansion in population due to the Industrial Revolution. It extends north to south from the suburbs of Leeds to Barnsley and east to west from Kellington to Todmorden.

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Future

Under the Dioceses Commission's Draft Reorganisation Scheme, the Diocese and See of Wakefield would be dissolved to facilitate the creation of a new Anglican Diocese of Leeds. The Archdeaconry of Halifax would become part of the new Huddersfield episcopal area; and the Archdeaconry of Pontefract would form the new Wakefield episcopal area. The suffragan see of Pontefract would be translated to Wakefield, and Wakefield Cathedral would become a seat for the new diocesan Bishop of Leeds (equal seats being Bradford Cathedral, Ripon Cathedral and possibly Leeds Pro-Cathedral). The canons from the colleges of the cathedrals would merge into a new diocesan college, the deans would retain day-to-day authority in their own cathedral, while one would become presiding dean of the college.[1]

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