Diocese of Coventry
|Diocese of Coventry|
Church of England
|No. of parishes:||199|
|No. of churches:||245|
The Diocese of Coventry is a Church of England diocese in the Province of Canterbury. It is headed by the Bishop of Coventry, who sits at Coventry Cathedral in Coventry, and is assisted by one suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Warwick. The diocese covers much of Warwickshire, excluding the parts within the Diocese of Birmingham.
The current diocesan Bishop of Coventry is assisted by one suffragan, the Bishop of Warwick. The provincial episcopal visitor (for parishes in the diocese who reject the ministry of priests who are women) is the Bishop of Ebbsfleet.
The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries, Warwick and Coventry. Warwick archdeaconry is then divided into the deaneries of Shipston, Fosse, Alcester, Southam and Warwick & Leamington, whilst Coventry archdeaconry is divided into the deaneries of Rugby, Nuneaton, Kenilworth, and Coventry South, East and North.
While the diocese is divided into archdeaconries and has archdeacons like other dioceses, Coventry diocese is unique in that the two do not correlate. In 2010, the post of Archdeacon of Warwick was replaced by that of Archdeacon Missioner and statutory oversight over the archdeaconry of Warwick was delegated to the Archdeacon of Coventry. Following a retirement in 2012, John Green was appointed as Acting Archdeacon of Coventry pending his installation into the new role of Archdeacon Pastor, which duly occurred on 9 December 2012. These arrangements follow the Bishop's 2009 document Signposts for the Future, and the creation of the two posts of Archdeacon Missioner and Archdeacon Pastor are consistent with the suggested "transitional period" after which there will be only one archdeacon in the diocese.
The diocese was revived in 1918 under King George V.
|Bishops of Coventry|
|1918||1922||Huyshe Yeatman-Biggs||Translated from Worcester.|
|1922||1931||Charles Carre||Translated to Hereford.|
|1931||1943||Mervyn Haigh||Translated to Winchester.|
|1952||1976||Cuthbert Bardsley||Translated from Croydon.|
|1976||1985||John Gibbs||Translated from Bradwell.|
|1998||2008||Colin Bennetts||Translated from Buckingham.|
- London Gazette: , 6 September 1918. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
- Coventry Diocese – Background Notes to the Appointment of an Archdeacon Missioner (October 2009)
- Coventry Diocese – A New Archdeacon for Coventry and Warwickshire
- Coventry Diocese – Signposts for the Future (2009)
- Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 241.
- "Historical successions: Coventry". Crockford's Clerical Directory. http://www.crockford.org.uk/listing.asp?id=701. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
|Dioceses of the Church of England|
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