New Diocese of Leeds

At Easter 2014 the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds was replaced with the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. The General Synod of the Church of England voted on July 8th 2013 to close the diocese of Ripon and Leeds along with the Diocese of Bradford and the Diocese of Wakefield.

On that same appointed day there was a new birth as the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales came into being! This was not an amalgamation nor a take-over but an entirely new entity with entirely new boundaries and an entirely new way of doing things which is still being worked out.  The new diocese is split into five archdeaconries and each of these now has an area bishop. Our parishes will be part of a large rural area focussed on Ripon. The Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines,is the diocesan bishop.  In July 2016 the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales was renamed as the Diocese of Leeds.

In many ways, what happens in our parishes is continuing as before but there will be some changes and some structures will alter. What is exciting about this is that we are yet to fully work out how this will function. We are trying to work out how the structure can best fit the mission and ministry of the churches rather than trying to fit our mission and ministry into some preconceived model.

The Bishop of Pontefract, the Right Reverend Tony Robinson is the Area Bishop for Wakefield and the Bishop of Knaresborough, the Right Reverend James Bell, the Area Bishop for Ripon.

To find out more about the Diocese visit http://www.westyorkshiredales.anglican.org/