The Diocese of Carlisle was created in 11 April 1132 by Henry I out of part of the Diocese of Durham, although many people of Cumbric descent in the area looked to Glasgow for spiritual leadership. The first bishop was Æthelwold, who was the king's confessor and became prior of the Augustinian priory at Nostell in Yorkshire. Carlisle was thus the only cathedral in England apart from Bristol to be run by Augustinians instead of Benedictines. This only lasted until the reign of Henry III however, when the Augustinians in Carlisle joined the rebels who temporarily handed the city over to Scotland and elected their own bishop. When the revolt was ended, the Augustinians were expelled.

Diocese of Carlisle

Dioecesis Carleolensis
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Carlisle
Coat of arms
Flag of the Diocese of Carlisle
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince of York
West Cumberland,
Westmorland and Furness
CathedralCarlisle Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopBishop of Carlisle (vacant; acting: the Bishop of Penrith)
SuffraganRob Saner-Haigh, Bishop of Penrith
ArchdeaconsVernon Ross, Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness
Stewart Fyfe, Archdeacon of West Cumberland
Archdeacon of Carlisle (vacant)

The seat of the diocese is the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity in Carlisle.

The Diocese covers most of the ceremonial county of Cumbria; Alston Moor is part of the Diocese of Newcastle and the area around Sedbergh is within the Diocese of Leeds. The diocese originally only covered the northern parts of Cumberland and Westmorland, and expanded to cover almost the entirety of these, as well as the Furness and Cartmel areas of Lancashire, in 1847, from part of the Diocese of Chester, although this did not take effect until 1856.

Organisation edit

Bishops edit

Alongside the diocesan Bishop of Carlisle (vacant), the Diocese has one suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Penrith (Rob Saner-Haigh).

There are four other retired bishops living in the diocese who are licensed as honorary assistant bishops:

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 Beverley, Glyn Webster. Until his retirement on 19 July 2014, AEO was provided by John Goddard, Bishop suffragan of Burnley (from neighbouring Blackburn diocese), who was licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his work there.

Archdeaconries and deaneries edit

The diocese of Carlisle is divided into three archdeaconries, each divided into a number of rural deaneries. The data in this table is a summation of the statistics found in the list of churches.

Diocese Archdeaconries Rural Deaneries Paid clergy Churches Population People/clergy People/church Churches/clergy
Diocese of Carlisle Archdeaconry of Carlisle Rural Deanery of Carlisle 16* 34* 88,404 5,525 2,600 2.13
Rural Deanery of Appleby 3 33 19,451 6,484 589 11
Rural Deanery of Brampton 8 29 24,038 3,005 829 3.63
Rural Deanery of Penrith 9 34 30,003 3,334 882 3.78
Archdeaconry of West Cumberland Rural Deanery of Calder 11 39 58,706 5,337 1,505 3.55
Rural Deanery of Derwent 9 35 28,292 3,144 808 3.89
Rural Deanery of Solway 10 27 66,803 6,680 2,474 2.7
Archdeaconry of Westmorland and Furness Rural Deanery of Barrow 5 9 55,474 11,095 6,164 1.8
Rural Deanery of Furness 8 25 42,866 5,358 1,715 3.13
Rural Deanery of Kendal 13 43 56,291 4,330 1,309 3.31
Rural Deanery of Windermere 8 26 26,013 3,252 1,001 3.25
Total/average 100 334 496,341 4,963 1,486 3.34
Carlisle deaneries & mission communities, coloured by archdeaconry (yellow = Westmorland & Furness; purple = West Cumberland; green = Carlisle). Mission communities: (1) Brampton North/The Borders (2) Brampton Central (3) Eden Wild Goose (4) Carlisle Rural (5) Carlisle West (6) Two Rivers (7) Heart of the City (8) Carlisle South (9) Solway Plain (10) Criffel View (11) Workington (12) East of Eden (13) Penrith West (14) Penrith Central (15) Binsey (16) Grasmoor (17) Keswick (18) Heart of Westmorland (19) Appleby South (20) Central Calder (21) East Whitehaven (22) Whitehaven (23) South Calder (24) Central Lakes (25) Windermere South Lakes (26) Cartmel Peninsula (27) Beacon (28) Western Dales (29) Two Valleys (30) Kendal Helm (31) Kirkby Lonsdale (32) Kendal Estuary (33) Furness (34) Barrow

*includes Cathedral

From 1889 to 1939, the diocese had one suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Barrow-in-Furness, and from 1939 until 1944, two suffragans bishops (Penrith and Barrow), before the see of Barrow went into the abeyance in which it remains to date.

List of churches edit

References edit

  1. ^ "George Lanyon Hacker". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Geoffrey Hewlett Thompson". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  3. ^ "John Henry Richardson". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  4. ^ Church Times, 5 October 2012 – Gazette, Resignations and Retirements (Accessed 9 November 2013)

Sources edit

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