Diocese of Rochester


Diocese of Rochester
Diocese of Rochester
Location
Ecclesiastical province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Bromley & Bexley, Rochester, Tonbridge
Statistics
Parishes 218
Churches 268
Information
Cathedral Rochester Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester
Suffragan Brian Castle, Bishop of Tonbridge
Archdeacons
  • Clive Mansell, Archdeacon of Tonbridge
  • Dr Paul Wright, Archdeacon of Bromley & Bexley
  • Simon Burton-Jones, Archdeacon of Rochester
Website
rochester.anglican.org

The Diocese of Rochester is a Church of England diocese in South-East England and forms part of the Province of Canterbury. It is an ancient diocese, having been established in 604; only the neighbouring Diocese of Canterbury is older in the Church of England.

The Rochester diocese includes 268 churches with parishes in:

The diocese is divided into three archdeaconries:

  • Archdeaconry of Bromley & Bexley (Archdeacon: The Venerable Paul Wright)
  • Archdeaconry of Rochester (Archdeacon: The Venerable Simon Burton-Jones)
  • Archdeaconry of Tonbridge (Archdeacon: The Venerable Clive Mansell)

The current diocesan boundaries roughly match its pre-19th century extent. In 1845 the Hertfordshire territory of the Diocese of Lincoln was added to Rochester, followed in 1846 by Essex from the Diocese of London. In 1877 Essex and Hertfordshire became the new Diocese of St Albans. It also gained part of the Diocese of Winchester, in northern Surrey, which became an independent Diocese of Southwark in 1905.

The Bishop of Rochester is currently the Right Reverend James Langstaff. The suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Tonbridge, is currently the Right Reverend Brian Castle.

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Coordinates: 51°23′20″N 0°30′12″E / 51.38889°N 0.50333°E / 51.38889; 0.50333


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