Bishop of Ebbsfleet

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The Bishop of Ebbsfleet is a suffragan bishop who fulfils the role of a provincial episcopal visitor (also known as a "flying bishop") for the western half of the Province of Canterbury in the Church of England.[1]

The position was created in 1994 and licensed by the Archbishop of Canterbury as a "flying bishop" to provide episcopal oversight for parishes throughout the province which do not accept the sacramental ministry of bishops who have participated in the ordination of women. The position is named after Ebbsfleet in Thanet, Kent. In the southern province, the Bishops of Ebbsfleet and of Richborough each minister in thirteen of the 40 dioceses. The Bishop of Ebbsfleet serves the western thirteen dioceses (Bath and Wells, Birmingham, Bristol, Coventry, Derby, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford, Lichfield, Oxford, Salisbury, Truro and Worcester).[2] Until the creation of the suffragan See of Richborough in 1995, the Bishop of Ebbsfleet served the entire area of the Province of Canterbury with the exceptions of the Dioceses of London, Rochester and Southwark which came under the oversight of the Bishop of Fulham.

Jonathan Goodall was announced as the fifth Bishop of Ebbsfleet on 2 August 2013.[3] His episcopal consecration took place on 25 September 2013 at Westminster Abbey. He had been the chaplain and ecumenical secretary to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

List of Bishops of Ebbsfleet

Bishops of Ebbsfleet
From Until Incumbent Notes
29 April 1994 31 October 1998 John Richards
December 1998 18 December 1999 Michael Houghton SSC Died in office
30 November 2000 31 December 2010 Andrew Burnham SSC Resigned to become a Roman Catholic[4]
16 June 2011 13 February 2013 Jonathan Baker SSC Translated to Fulham
25 September 2013
present Jonathan Goodall SSC
Source(s): [1]

See also


  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 946. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  2. ^ See of Ebbsflett
  3. ^ Suffragan See of Ebbsfleet: nomination of Reverend Canon Jonathan Goodall approved. 2 August 2013.
  4. ^ The Resignation of Bishop Andrew Archived 7 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. 24 November 2010.

External links

  • See of Ebbsfleet website
  • Crockford's Clerical Directory - listings

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