Diocese of Canterbury


Diocese of Canterbury
Diocese of Canterbury
Location
Ecclesiastical province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Canterbury, Ashford, Maidstone
Coordinates 51°16′47″N 1°5′0″E / 51.27972°N 1.083333°E / 51.27972; 1.083333Coordinates: 51°16′47″N 1°5′0″E / 51.27972°N 1.083333°E / 51.27972; 1.083333
Statistics
Parishes 261
Churches 335
Information
Cathedral Canterbury Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
Suffragans Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover
Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Ebbsfleet (PEV)
Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough (PEV)
Archdeacons Sheila Watson, Archdeacon of Canterbury
Philip Down, Archdeacon of Ashford
Archdeacon of Maidstone (Archdeacon-designate: Stephen Taylor)
Website
canterbury.anglican.org

The Diocese of Canterbury is a Church of England diocese covering eastern Kent, founded by St. Augustine of Canterbury in 597. It is centred on (and named after) Canterbury Cathedral, and is the oldest see of the Church of England.

The diocesan bishop is the Archbishop of Canterbury; but because of his roles as Metropolitan of the Province of Canterbury, Primate of All England, and worldwide head of the Anglican Communion, the archbishop (whose primary residence, moreover, is at Lambeth Palace in London) is often away. Hence one of his suffragan bishops, the Suffragan Bishop of Dover, is given the additional title of "Bishop in Canterbury" and in many ways empowered to act almost as if he were the diocesan bishop. There was, until 2009, another suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Maidstone, but it was decided in November 2010 that no further appointments would be made to that post.[1] (Two further suffragans with titular settlements located in the diocese — Ebbsfleet and Richborough — are really provincial episcopal visitors with a focus more wide-ranging than the local diocese.)

For organisational purposes, the diocese is divided into three archdeaconries,[2] containing a total of sixteen deaneries:

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