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Diocese of Down and Dromore

Diocese of Down and Dromore
Ecclesiastical province Armagh
Archdeaconries Down, Dromore
Parishes 77
Churches 111
Members 64,500
Cathedral 1) Down Cathedral
2) Dromore Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Harold Creeth Miller,
Bishop of Down and Dromore
Archdeacons Philip Patterson,
Archdeacon of Down
Roderic West,
Archdeacon of Dromore

The Diocese of Down and Dromore (also known as the United Dioceses of Down and Dromore)is a diocese of the Church of Ireland in the north east of Ireland. It is in the ecclesiastical province of Armagh. The geographical remit of the diocese covers half of the City of Belfast to the east of the River Lagan and the part of County Armagh east of the River Bann.

Overview and history

When the Church in England broke communion with the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of England was established by the state as the established church. Later, by decree of the Irish Parliament, a similar new body became the State Church in the Kingdom of Ireland. It assumed possession of most Church property (and so retained a great repository of religious architecture and other items, though some were later destroyed). The substantial majority of the population remained faithful to the Roman Catholicism, despite the political and economic advantages of membership in the state church. They were obliged to find alternative premises and to conduct their services in secret. The English-speaking minority mostly adhered to the Church of Ireland or to Presbyterianism. On the death of Archbishop Trench of Tuam in 1839, the Province of Tuam was united to the Armagh. Over the centuries, numerous dioceses were merged, in view of declining membership. Until 1944, the dioceses of Down and Dromore were part of the United Dioceses of Down, Connor and Dromore. In 1944, the Diocese of Connor gained a separate existence under its own bishop. It is for this reason that the united diocese has three cathedrals.


The Diocese is the second largest of the Church of Ireland in terms of church population, with around 91,000 people and more than one hundred serving ordained Clergy. It is divided up into 79 parishes, with a total of 115 churches.


Although the United Diocese works under a single Bishop, currently the Rt Revd Harold Miller, each of the two dioceses within it has its own set of officers.

Bishops of Down and Connor[1][2]
Bishops of Down, Connor and Dromore[6]
Bishops of Down and Dromore[6]

See also


External links

  • Diocesan homepage

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