Diocese of Carlisle
|Ecclesiastical province||Province of York|
Westmorland and Furness
|Bishop||James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle|
|Suffragan||Bishop of Penrith (vacant)|
|Archdeacons||Richard Pratt, Archdeacon of West Cumberland|
Lee Townend, Archdeacon of Carlisle
Vernon Ross, Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness
The Diocese of Carlisle was created in 1133 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 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.
The seat of the diocese is the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity in Carlisle.
The Diocese covers most of the non-metropolitan county of Cumbria; Alston Moor is part of the Diocese of Newcastle, and the former Sedbergh Rural District is part of 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.
There are seven other retired bishops living in the diocese who are licensed as honorary assistant bishops:
- 1994–present: George Hacker, a former Bishop suffragan of Penrith, lives in Milburn.
- 1994–present: A former Bishop suffragan of Ludlow, Ian Griggs, lives in Patterdale, in the Lake District.
- 1997–present: Alec Graham, retired Bishop of Newcastle also lives in the Lake District – in Bampton.
- 1999–present: Hewlett Thompson, retired Bishop of Exeter, lives in Warcop.
- 2001–present: Bob Hardy, formerly Bishop of Lincoln, lives in Langwathby.
- 2003–present: A retired Bishop suffragan of Bedford, John Richardson, is licensed in both Carlisle and Newcastle dioceses and lives in Bewcastle.
- 2011–present: Richard Henderson, a former Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry (in Ireland) served as a Team Vicar in the Heart of Eden team ministry between 2011 and 2012.
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
|Diocese||Archdeaconries||Rural Deaneries||Paid clergy||Churches||Population||People/clergy||People/church||Churches/clergy|
|Diocese of Carlisle||Archdeaconry of Carlisle||Rural Deanery of Carlisle||17*||38*||96,789||5,693||2,547||2.24|
|Rural Deanery of Appleby||5||33||19,451||3,890||589||6.6|
|Rural Deanery of Brampton||8||29||24,038||3,005||829||3.63|
|Rural Deanery of Penrith||8||34||30,003||3,750||882||4.25|
|Archdeaconry of West Cumberland||Rural Deanery of Calder||10||39||58,706||5,871||1,505||3.9|
|Rural Deanery of Derwent||6||35||28,292||4,715||808||5.83|
|Rural Deanery of Solway||9||23||58,418||6,491||2,540||2.56|
|Archdeaconry of Westmorland and Furness||Rural Deanery of Barrow||4||9||55,474||13,869||6,164||2.25|
|Rural Deanery of Furness||8||25||42,866||5,358||1,715||3.13|
|Rural Deanery of Kendal||15||43||56,291||3,753||1,309||2.87|
|Rural Deanery of Windermere||10||26||26,013||2,601||1,001||2.6|
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
- "George Lanyon Hacker". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
- "Ian Macdonald Griggs". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
- "Andrew Alexander Kenny (Alec) Graham". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
- "Geoffrey Hewlett Thompson". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
- "Robert Maynard Hardy". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
- "John Henry Richardson". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
- Church Times, 5 October 2012 – Gazette, Resignations and Retirements (Accessed 9 November 2013)
- Church of England Statistics 2002
- Diocese of Carlisle
- Carlisle Diocese Youth Centre (St John's-in-the-Vale)