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HistoryEdit

The diocese was founded during the English Reformation on 3 September 1541[2] from part of the Diocese of Hereford and the Diocese of Worcester. In 1542 the Diocese of Bristol was created to cover Bristol, but on 5 October 1836 it was merged back into the Gloucester diocese, which became the Diocese of Gloucester and Bristol[3] until Bristol became an independent diocese again on 9 July 1897,[4] whereupon the Gloucester diocese resumed the name Diocese of Gloucester.

The diocese has twinning links with the dioceses of Dornakal and Karnataka Central in the Church of South India, Västerås in Sweden, El Camino Real in California, USA, and Western Tanganyika in Tanzania. It is currently supporting the work of the Diocese of Western Tanganyika to build a new high school.

OrganisationEdit

The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries, Cheltenham, headed by the Archdeacon of Cheltenham, Phil Andrew, and Gloucester, headed by the Archdeacon of Gloucester, Jackie Searle. The Archdeaconry of Cheltenham consists of the deaneries of Cheltenham, Cirencester, North Cotswold, & Tewkesbury and Winchcombe, and the Archdeaconry of Gloucester consists of the deaneries of Forest South, Gloucester City, Severn Vale, Stroud, & Wotton.

BishopsEdit

The diocesan Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek (the first female diocesan bishop in the Church of England), is assisted by the Bishop suffragan of Tewkesbury, Robert Springett. The provincial episcopal visitor (for parishes in this diocese – among twelve others in the western part of the Province of Canterbury – that reject the ministry of priests who are women, since 1994) is Jonathan Goodall, Bishop suffragan of Ebbsfleet, who is licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his work there.

There are seven former bishops licensed as honorary assistant bishops in the diocese:

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Diocese of Gloucester — The Bishop of Gloucester Designate (Accessed 26 March 2015)
  2. ^ Horn, Joyce M (1996), Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857, 8, pp. 35–37
  3. ^ "No. 19426". The London Gazette. 7 October 1836. pp. 1734–1738.
  4. ^ "No. 26871". The London Gazette. 9 July 1897. p. 3787.
  5. ^ "John Robert Geoffrey Neale". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Firth, Peter James". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 26 April 2014. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  7. ^ "Harris, Patrick Burnet". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 26 April 2014. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  8. ^ "Jennings, David Willfred Michael". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 26 April 2014. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  9. ^ "Evens, Robert John Scott". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 26 April 2014. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  10. ^ "Anthony Martin Priddis". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Christopher John Hill". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.

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