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The Diocese of Winchester is a structure to enable a very complicated organisation of spiritual, political, social and heritage significance for the region to operate as effectively as possible bring the life and light of the Gospel of Christ to people of all outlooks and background.

An Anglican diocese has a number of ‘layers’: the Parishes and chaplaincies are often the most visible, but they are a unity with the administrative centre with its various supportive departments handling things like training for ministry, finance, Safeguarding and property issues. Holding all this together is a structure of senior clergy including our two Archdeacons and three bishops.

Winchester has a Diocesan Bishop and two ‘Suffragans’, the Bishops of Basingstoke and Southampton respectively. Governance is by means of ‘Bishop in Synod’ and our diocese is one of the five most senior among the Church of England’s 44 dioceses. Our diocesan Bishop is one of the 27 ‘Lords Spiritual’ in the House of Lords.  There are two Archdeaconries, Winchester in the north and Bournemouth in the south, each administered by one of our Archdeacons.  Each Archdeaconry is then seperated into administrative areas called deaneries, 6 in Winchester and 8 in Bournemouth.



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Legislation on women bishops becomes law

The General Synod has enacted the measure enabling women to be ordained as Bishops in the Church of England.

Debbie Thrower installed as an Honorary Canon

Debbie Thrower has been installed as an honorary lay Canon and member of Winchester Cathedral Chapter

Bishop Tim Dakin's visit to East Africa

The Bishop of Winchester recently returned from an official visit to East Africa in his capacity as the Church of England’s spokesperson on further and higher education.

New Chair of the House of Clergy appointed

On Saturday 8 November Diocesan Synod appointed a new Chair of the House of Clergy

Diocese welcomes changes to Reader Ministry

This summer, with the agreement of the Bishop’s Council and in line with other dioceses, we have started to use the term ‘Licensed Lay Minister’ (LLM) rather than ‘Reader’ for all those exercising this important ministry.

Bishops to mark Remembrance Sunday

Local Bishops will commemorate outbreak of World War One alongside communities in Winchester, Southampton and Basingstoke

The Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt RIP

We are sorry to announce the death of the former Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt.

New Bishop of Basingstoke consecrated

The Reverend Canon David Williams consecrated by the Most Reverend Justin Welby , the Archbishop of Canterbury, at Winchester Cathedral

New Archdeacon for Mission Development starts work

Rev Canon Dr Paul Moore joins Diocesan team

Winchester Cathedral's Learning Centre Reopened

HM Lord-Lieutenant Open Winchester Cathedral's Refurbished Learning Centre