Diocese of Carlisle


Diocese of Carlisle
Diocese of Carlisle
Location
Ecclesiastical province York
Archdeaconries Carlisle,
West Cumberland,
Westmorland and Furness
Statistics
Parishes 267
Churches 349
Information
Cathedral Carlisle Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle
Suffragan Robert Freeman, Bishop of Penrith
Archdeacons George Howe, Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness
Dr Richard Pratt, Archdeacon of West Cumberland
Kevin Roberts, Archdeacon of Carlisle
Website
carlislediocese.org.uk

The Diocese of Carlisle was created in 1133 by Henry I out of part of the Diocese of Durham, although many people of Celtic descent in the area looked to Glasgow for spiritual leadership. The first bishop was Æthelwold, formerly the king's confessor and now prior of the Augustinian priory at Nostell in Yorkshire. Carlisle was thus the only cathedral in England to be run by Augustinians instead of Benedictines. This only lasted until the reign of Henry III however, when the Augustinians in Carlisle joined the rebels who temporarily handed the city over to Scotland and elected their own bishop. When the revolt was ended, the Augustinians were expelled.

The seat of the diocese is the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity in Carlisle.

The Diocese covers the most of the non-metropolitan county of Cumbria; Alston Moor is part of the Diocese of Newcastle, and the former Sedbergh Rural District is part of the Diocese of Bradford. The diocese originally only covered the northern parts of Cumberland and Westmorland, and expanded to cover the entirety of these, as well as the Furness and Cartmel areas of Lancashire, in 1847, from part of the Diocese of Chester, although this did not take effect until 1856.

Diocesan structure

The diocese of Carlisle is overseen by the Bishop of Carlisle and the Suffragan Bishop of Penrith. It is divided into three archdeaconries, each divided into a number of rural deaneries.

Diocese Archdeaconries Rural Deaneries
Diocese of Carlisle Archdeaconry of Carlisle Rural Deanery of Carlisle
Rural Deanery of Appleby
Rural Deanery of Brampton
Rural Deanery of Penrith
Archdeaconry of West Cumberland Rural Deanery of Calder
Rural Deanery of Derwent
Rural Deanery of Solway
Archdeaconry of Westmorland and Furness Rural Deanery of Barrow
Rural Deanery of Furness
Rural Deanery of Kendal
Rural Deanery of Windermere

From 1889 to 1939, the diocese had one suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Barrow-in-Furness, and from 1939 until 1944, two suffragans bishops (Penrith and Barrow), before the see of Barrow went into the abeyance in which it remains to date.

References


Coordinates: 54°53′41″N 2°56′19″W / 54.8947°N 2.9385°W / 54.8947; -2.9385


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