Bishop of Richborough

The Bishop of Richborough is a suffragan bishop and provincial episcopal visitor for the whole of the Province of Canterbury in the Church of England.[1]

The position was created in 1995 and licensed by the Archbishop of Canterbury as a "flying bishop" to provide episcopal oversight for parishes throughout the province which cannot in good conscience accept the sacramental ministry of bishops who have participated in the ordination of women. The title takes its name from Richborough, a settlement north of Sandwich in Kent. In the southern province, the Bishops of Ebbsfleet and of Richborough each minister in thirteen of the 40 dioceses. The Bishop of Richborough serves the eastern half (Canterbury, Chelmsford, Chichester, Ely, Guildford, St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, Leicester, Lincoln, Norwich, Peterborough, Portsmouth, St Albans and Winchester).[2] Prior to the creation of the see in 1995, the Bishop of Ebbsfleet served the entire area of the Province of Canterbury with the exceptions of the Dioceses of London, Rochester and Southwark which came under the oversight of the Bishop of Fulham.

On 31 December 2010, the Right Reverend Keith Newton resigned as the Bishop of Richborough and soon afterwards was received into the Roman Catholic Church. On 5 May 2011, Norman Banks was announced as the bishop-designate for the position.[3] He was subsequently ordained as a bishop on 16 June 2011.[4]

List of bishops of Richborough

Bishops of Richborough
From Until Incumbent Notes
1995 2002 Edwin Barnes SSC Became Roman Catholic on 21 January 2011
2002 2010 Keith Newton SSC[5] Resigned on 31 December 2010 to become a Roman Catholic.
2011 present Norman Banks SSC[6] Previously Vicar of Walsingham, Houghton and Barsham in the Diocese of Norwich.
Source(s): [1]

See also

Anglicanism portal


External links

  • Richborough Episcopal Area
  • Crockford's Clerical Directory - Listings

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