Diocese of Oxford
|Diocese of Oxford|
Church of England
Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
|Cathedral:||Christ Church Cathedral|
| Bishop of Dorchester,|
Bishop of Buckingham, Bishop of Reading
|Archdeaconries:|| Oxford, Buckingham,|
|No. of parishes:||624|
|No. of churches:||847|
The Bishop of Oxford presides over the diocese, and his seat is Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, a unique cathedral in that it is within Christ Church College, part of the University of Oxford, and serves also as the college chapel.
The Diocese of Oxford was created by letters patent from King Henry VIII on 1 September 1542, 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.
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.
The diocesan Bishop of Oxford is assisted by the area bishops of Dorchester, Buckingham, and Reading; during the vacancy in the diocesan see, the Bishop of Dorchester is acting bishop. 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 this diocese – among twelve others in the western part of the Province of Canterbury – who reject the ministry of priests who are women, since 1994) is the Bishop of Ebbsfleet.
Since 1984, 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.
|Bishops of Oxford|
|Seat at Osney|
|1542||1546||Robert King||Suffragan Bishop of Lincoln|
|Seat at Oxford|
|1546||1558||Robert King||Suffragan Bishop of Lincoln|
|1558||1559||Thomas Goldwell||Previously Bishop of St Asaph; deprived, fled to Milan, Naples and Rome|
|1567||1568||Hugh Curwen||Translated from Dublin|
|1589||1592||John Underhill||Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford|
|1604||1618||John Bridges||Dean of Salisbury|
|1619||1628||John Howson||Student of Christ Church, Oxford; appointed Bishop of Durham|
|1628||1632||Richard Corbet||Dean of Christ Church, Oxford; appointed Bishop of Norwich|
|1632||1641||John Bancroft||Master of University College, Oxford|
|1641||1663||Robert Skinner||Translated from Bristol; deprived during the Commonwealth; restored in 1660; appointed Bishop of Worcester|
|1663||1665||William Paul||Dean of Lichfield|
|1665||1671||Walter Blandford||Warden of Wadham College, Oxford; appointed Bishop of Worcester|
|1671||1674||Nathaniel Crew||Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford, and Dean of Chichester; appointed Bishop of Durham|
|1674||1676||Henry Compton||Canon of Christ Church, Oxford; appointed Bishop of London|
|1676||1686||John Fell||Dean of Christ Church, Oxford|
|1686||1687||Samuel Parker||Archdeacon of Canterbury; died in office|
|1688||1690||Timothy Hall||Denied installation by the Chapter of Christ Church|
|1690||1699||John Hough||President of Magdalen College, Oxford; appointed Bishop of Lichfield|
|1699||1715||William Talbot||Dean of Worcester; appointed Bishop of Salisbury|
|1715||1737||John Potter||Regius Professor of Divinity, Oxford; appointed Archbishop of Canterbury|
|1737||1758||Thomas Secker||Bishop of Bristol; appointed Archbishop of Canterbury|
|1758||1766||John Hume||Bishop of Bristol; appointed Bishop of Salisbury|
|1766||1777||Robert Lowth||Bishop of St David's; appointed Bishop of London|
|1777||1788||John Butler||Prebendary of Winchester; appointed Bishop of Hereford|
|1788||1799||Edward Smallwell||Bishop of St David's|
|1799||1807||John Randolph||Regius Professor of Divinity, Oxford; appointed Bishop of Bangor|
|1812||1815||William Jackson||Regius Professor of Greek, Oxford|
|1816||1827||Edward Legge||Dean of Windsor|
|1827||1829||Charles Lloyd||Regius Professor of Divinity, Oxford|
|1829||1845||Richard Bagot||Dean of Canterbury; appointed Bishop of Bath and Wells|
|1845||1869||Samuel Wilberforce||Dean of Westminster; translated to Winchester|
|1870||1889||John Mackarness||Prebendary of Exeter|
|1889||1901||William Stubbs||Bishop of Chester|
|1901||1911||Francis Paget||Dean of Christ Church, Oxford|
|1911||1919||Charles Gore||Bishop of Birmingham; resigned|
|1919||1925||Hubert Burge||Bishop of Southwark|
|1925||1937||Thomas Strong||Bishop of Ripon; resigned|
|1937||1954||Kenneth Kirk||Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, Oxford|
|1955||1970||Harry Carpenter||Warden of Keble College, Oxford; resigned|
|1971||1978||Kenneth Woollcombe||Principal of Edinburgh Theological College; resigned|
|1978||1986||Patrick Rodger||Bishop of Manchester; resigned|
|1987||2006||Richard Harries||Dean of King's College, London; ennobled on retirement|
|2006||2014||John Pritchard||Suffragan Bishop of Jarrow|
|2014||present||Colin Fletcher, acting bishop|| Area Bishop of Dorchester|
The unusually long vacancy was due to the Crown Nominations Commission failing to appoint in May 2015, and having to rejoin the back of the 'queue' for a second chance in March 2016.
|6 July 2016||present||Steven Croft||Translated from Sheffield|
- Clergy of the Church of England Database — Christ Church cathedral: history and description (Accessed 12 January 2016)
- Ridgeway Broadsheet, March 2014 (Accessed 24 May 2014)
- Oxford Gazette: . 7 November 1665. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
- Church of England Media Centre — Vacancy in the See of Oxford (Accessed 15 May 2015)
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