The Diocese of Canterbury is a Church of England diocese covering eastern Kent which was founded by St. Augustine of Canterbury in 597. The diocese is centred on Canterbury Cathedral and is the oldest see of the Church of England.
Diocese of Canterbury
|Archdeaconries||Canterbury, Ashford, Maidstone|
|Bishop||Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury|
|Suffragans||Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover (pseudo-diocesan)|
Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough (PEV)
Rob Munro, Bishop of Ebbsfleet (PEV)
|Archdeacons||Will Adam, Archdeacon of Canterbury|
Stephen Taylor, Archdeacon and Senior Chaplain to the Bishop of Dover
Darren Miller, Archdeacon of Ashford
Andrew Sewell, Archdeacon of Maidstone
The Report of the Commissioners appointed by his Majesty to inquire into the Ecclesiastical Revenues of England and Wales (1835) noted the net annual revenue for the Canterbury see was £19,182. This made it the wealthiest diocese in England.
The diocesan bishop is the Archbishop of Canterbury, presently Justin Welby. However, because of his roles as metropolitan bishop of the Province of Canterbury, Primate of All England and "first bishop" of the worldwide Anglican Communion, the archbishop (whose primary residence is at Lambeth Palace in London) is often away from the diocese. Therefore, his suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Dover (presently Rose Hudson-Wilkin), is in many ways empowered to act almost as if she were the diocesan bishop.
The diocese had from 1944 to 2009 a second locally focussed suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Maidstone (this version of the post was discontinued in November 2010), who had a similar though subordinate role to that of the Bishop of Dover. Two suffragans have nominal sees in the diocese — the Bishops of Ebbsfleet and Richborough, who are provincial episcopal visitors with a wider focus than the diocese.
Besides the Archbishop and the Bishop of Dover, three honorary assistant bishops supervise and officiate. Alternative episcopal oversight (for parishes in the diocese who reject the ministry of priests who are women) is provided by the provincial episcopal visitor (PEV), the Bishop suffragan of Richborough, Norman Banks. There are three honorary assistant bishops licensed in the diocese:
- 2003–present: Michael Turnbull, retired former Bishop of Durham and Bishop of Rochester, lives in Sandwich.
- 2008–present: Richard Llewellin, retired former Bishop at Lambeth (chief of staff for the Archbishop at Lambeth Palace) and former Bishop of Dover, lives in Canterbury.
- 2009–present: Graham Cray, retired Archbishops' Missioner and fresh expressions Team Leader and former Bishop suffragan of Maidstone lives in Harrietsham.
Diocesan structure edit
For organisational purposes, the diocese is divided into three archdeaconries, containing a total of fifteen deaneries, which are further subdivided into parishes: Canterbury Diocese comprises 204 parishes organised in 101 legal benefices. 
|Diocese of Canterbury||Archdeaconry of Canterbury||Deanery of Canterbury|
|Deanery of East Bridge|
|Deanery of Reculver|
|Deanery of Thanet|
|Deanery of West Bridge|
|Archdeaconry of Ashford||Deanery of Ashford|
|Deanery of Dover|
|Deanery of Elham|
|Deanery of Romney and Tenterden|
|Deanery of Sandwich|
|Archdeaconry of Maidstone||Deanery of Maidstone|
|Deanery of North Downs|
|Deanery of Ospringe|
|Deanery of Sittingbourne|
|Deanery of Weald|
See also edit
- John Wallis Academy — school in Ashford sponsored by the diocese
- The National Enclopaedia of Useful Knowledge, Vol.III, Charles Knight, London, 1847, p.362
- Canterbury Diocese — Synod News Archived June 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- "Turnbull, Michael". Who's Who. Vol. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black. Retrieved 25 April 2014. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- "Llewellin, (John) Richard (Allan)". Who's Who. Vol. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black. Retrieved 25 April 2014. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- "Cray, Graham Alan". Who's Who. Vol. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black. Retrieved 25 April 2014. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- Drew, Anna (11 September 2016). "New Archdeacon of Canterbury appointed". The Diocese of Canterbury. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
- "Deaneries and parishes". The Diocese of Canterbury. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
- "Diocese of Canterbury | Deaneries and Parishes". www.canterburydiocese.org. Retrieved 28 October 2022.