About the Diocese of Portsmouth
Founded relatively recently, in 1927, the Diocese of Portsmouth combines very diverse communities, ranging from much densely populated and relatively deprived city and coastal areas to some very rural places. The Diocese of Portsmouth is one of 41 dioceses in the Church of England and is geographically one of the smaller dioceses; it covers 408 square kilometres, and has a population of 766,000.
There are 4 distinct communities:
- The city of Portsmouth and island of Portsea
- The so-called A3(M)/M27 corridor (Gosport, Fareham and Havant)
- The rural areas around Petersfield, East Meon, and Bishop’s Waltham
- The Isle of Wight
Each diocese comes under the authority of the Bishop of Portsmouth. There are no suffragan bishops.
The routine management of the clergy and parishes is overseen by three Archdeacons:
- The Archdeacon of the Meon: Canon Kathryn Percival (from July 2)
- The Archdeacon of Portsdown: The Ven Jenny Rowley
- The Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight: The Ven Steve Daughtery
In turn, the archdeacons are supported by seven area deans, one from each Deanery.
Click for more information about governance within our diocese: Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod.
The administration of the diocese is undertaken by staff at the diocesan office in Portsmouth.