08 July 2013
Audio of the debate is available online here
The General Synod has, today, approved a draft reorganisation
scheme that will see the creation of a new Diocese of Leeds,
serving West Yorkshire and The Dales, and replacing the current
Dioceses of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds, and Wakefield.
The new diocese will come into existence on a day to be set by
the Archbishop of York after the scheme has been confirmed by Her
Majesty the Queen through an Order in Council. Synod also approved
a resolution establishing a Vacancy in See Committee for the new
diocese so that the process for appointing the first Bishop of
Leeds could begin.
Professor Michael Clarke, chair of the Dioceses Commission that
prepared the scheme, welcomed the decision of the Synod. "Synod's
historic decision confirms the Commission's judgement that the
radical creation of a new diocese centred on Leeds offered the best
way of meeting the mission challenges facing the Church in West
In addition to the Bishop of Leeds, the new diocese will be
served by four area bishops of Bradford, Huddersfield, Ripon and
Wakefield (the latter two being renamed Sees currently
occupied by the Bishops of Knaresborough and Pontefract).
The Cathedrals of Bradford, Ripon, and Wakefield will be the
cathedrals of the new diocese. There is provision for Leeds Minster
to become a pro-cathedral in the future if the Bishop of
Leeds so directs.
So as to be more in sync with civic boundaries existing
archdeacon and deaneries will be reorganised under the scheme and a
small number of parishes will transfer to neighbouring dioceses.
Detailed arrangements about the workings of the new diocese are
still to be worked out, as these will be for local decision.
The scheme was drawn up to enhance the ability of the Church to
respond to the challenges of mission in the West Yorkshire
The detailed scheme can be read at
Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York's speech in the debate
can be read at
The Rt Rev Nick Baines, Bishop of Bradford's speech can be read
Diocese of Wakefield, http://www.wakefield.anglican.org/index.htm.
Diocese of Ripon & Leeds, http://www.riponleeds.anglican.org/.