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Diocese in Europe


Diocese in Europe

Diocese in Europe
Ecclesiastical province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Eastern, France, Germany and Northern Europe, Gibraltar, Italy and Malta, Northwest Europe, Switzerland
Churches 295
Cathedral Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar
Current leadership
Bishop Rob Innes, Bishop in Europe
Suffragan David Hamid, Suffragan Bishop in Europe

The Diocese in Europe (formally the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe) is geographically the largest diocese of the Church of England and arguably the largest diocese in the Anglican Communion, covering some one-sixth of the Earth's landmass, including Morocco, Europe (excluding the British Isles), Turkey and the territory of the former Soviet Union.

The cathedral is the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar and it is headed by the Bishop in Europe, who is assisted by the Suffragan Bishop in Europe. Bishop Rob Innes was commissioned and consecrated on 20 July 2014.[1] The current suffragan bishop is David Hamid, who was consecrated bishop on 17 October 2002. The pro-cathedrals are St Paul's Cathedral, Valletta, Malta, and Pro-Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Brussels, Belgium.

Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

The diocese is attached to the Province of Canterbury. The Diocese of Gibraltar was created on 29 September 1842[2][3] and at that time covered all Anglican chaplaincies from Portugal to the Caspian Sea. On 30 June 1980,[4] the diocese was amalgamated with the Jurisdiction of North and Central Europe (exercised by the Bishop of London through the Suffragan Bishop of Fulham) and renamed the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe (it has since become commonly known as the Diocese in Europe). It is divided into seven archdeaconries.


  • Archdeaconries 1
  • Bishops 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


A map showing the Diocese in Europe. Archdeaconries are colour-coded.


The diocese is led by the diocesan Bishop in Europe, Rob Innes, and the Suffragan Bishop in Europe, David Hamid. Under Geoffrey Rowell (the previous diocesan) and Hamid, there was no alternative episcopal oversight in the diocese (for churches which reject the ministry of priests who are women) because both bishops did not ordain women.

The diocese also licences many honorary assistant bishops to fulfill some episcopal duties across the European diocese. Several of these are the current bishops of other churches in Europe in communion with the Church of England:

The rest are retired Anglican bishops resident in England. The following are licensed as of March 2014 according to the official diocesan website:[7]

Additionally, there are several more honorary assistant bishops listed Crockford's Clerical Directory as of March 2014:[10]

See also


  1. ^ Diocese in Europe – New Diocesan Bishop Appointed (Accessed 7 May 2014)
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 20146. p. 2632. 30 September 1842. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  3. ^ Official History of the Diocese of Europe
  4. ^ , 3 July 1980London Gazette; Diocese in Europe Measure 1980
  5. ^ a b Diocese in Europe — First full time archdeacon appointed (Accessed 29 May 2015)
  6. ^ 2 December 2013, Diocese in Europe News, Archdeacon Jonathan to take up Canterbury diocese post. Accessed 2014-04-09.
  7. ^ a b c Diocese in Europe – Who We Are: Bishop (Accessed 25 April 2014)
  8. ^ Diocese in Europe – Anglican: under the jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury (Accessed 25 April 2014)
  9. ^ Diocese in Europe – Prayer Diary, January–June 2014 (Accessed 27 April 2014)
  10. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory – Benefice: Honorary Assistant Bishops, Diocese: Gibraltar in Europe (Accessed 25 April 2014)

External links

  • Diocese in Europe website
  • Weblog of the Suffragan Bishop in Europe
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