Diocese of Oxford

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Diocese of Oxford
Cathedral oxford.jpg
Location
Ecclesiastical province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Oxford, Buckingham, Berkshire, Dorchester
Statistics
Parishes 624
Churches 847
Information
Cathedral Christ Church
Current leadership
Bishop Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford
Suffragans Colin Fletcher, area Bishop of Dorchester
Alan Wilson, area Bishop of Buckingham
Andrew Proud, area Bishop of Reading
Archdeacons Martin Gorick, Archdeacon of Oxford
Olivia Graham, Archdeacon of Berkshire
Judy French, Archdeacon of Dorchester
Guy Elsmore, Archdeacon of Buckingham
Website
oxford.anglican.org

The Diocese of Oxford is a Church of England diocese that forms part of the Province of Canterbury. The diocese is led by the Bishop of Oxford (currently Steven Croft), and the bishop's seat is at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.

History

The Diocese of Oxford was created by letters patent from Henry VIII on 1 September 1542,[1] out of part of the Diocese of Lincoln. Osney Abbey was designated the original cathedral, but in 1545 this was changed to St. Frideswide's which became Christ Church Cathedral.

In 1836 the Archdeaconry of Berkshire was transferred from the Diocese of Salisbury to Oxford. This comprises the county of Berkshire and parts of Wiltshire.

In 1837 the County of Buckingham was similarly transferred from the then Diocese of Lincoln, to become the Archdeaconry of Buckingham, although this annexation did not take effect until 1845.

In 2013 and 2014, the Diocese of Oxford discussed and resolved to undertake some pastoral alterations; the new archdeaconry of Dorchester was created on 1 March 2014.[2] On 3 March 2014, it was announced that Judy French would become the first Archdeacon of Dorchester from June 2014.[3]

Bishops

The diocesan Bishop of Oxford is assisted by the area bishops of Dorchester, Buckingham, and Reading. The suffragan See of Buckingham was created in 1914, and was the suffragan bishop for the whole diocese until 1939 when the See of Dorchester was created; the See of Reading was re-created in 1942, after having been 'in abeyance' since 1909.

The provincial episcopal visitor (for parishes in the diocese – among twelve other dioceses in the western part of the Province of Canterbury – which do not accept the ordination of women as priests) is Jonathan Goodall, Bishop suffragan of Ebbsfleet, who is licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his ministry in the diocese.

There are also eleven retired bishops resident in (or near) the diocese who are licensed to serve as honorary assistant bishops:

George Carey (retired Archbishop of Canterbury) also lives in the diocese;[14] and Humphrey Southern, former Bishop suffragan of Repton, is the Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon.[15]

Current extent

Counties

The diocese now covers the counties of

and has

Episcopal areas

Map of the dioceses of the Church of England showing Oxford Diocese in mauve

Since the creation of an area scheme in 1984,[16] the diocese has been divided into three episcopal areas corresponding to its archdeaconries. The Bishop of Oxford has authority throughout the diocese, but also has primary responsibility for the city and suburbs of Oxford, which are part of the Archdeaconry of Oxford.

See also

References

  1. ^ Clergy of the Church of England Database — Christ Church cathedral: history and description (Accessed 12 January 2016)
  2. ^ Ridgeway Broadsheet, March 2014 (Accessed 24 May 2014)
  3. ^ Diocese of Oxford – New archdeacon for Dorchester (Accessed 21 March 2014)
  4. ^ Gordon, (Archibald) Ronald (McDonald). ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Arnold, Keith Appleby. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Nott, Peter John. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Richmond, (Francis) Henry (Arthur). ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Down, William John Denbigh. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Johnson, James Nathaniel. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Russell, Anthony John. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Scriven, Henry William. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Jennings, David Willfred Michael. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  13. ^ Went, John Stewart. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "George Leonard Carey". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.  (subscription required)
  15. ^ Ripon College Cuddesdon — Appointment of new Principal (Accessed 3 April 2015)
  16. ^ "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002" (PDF). Church of England. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  • Church of England Statistics 2002

External links

  • Diocesan website
  • Churches in the Diocese of Oxford ("A Church Near You")


Coordinates: 51°49′50″N 1°18′17″W / 51.830632°N 1.304708°W / 51.830632; -1.304708

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