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Chichester Diocese

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Founded: Founded in 1070, formely called Selsey (AD 681).
Parishes: 361
Churches: 478
Geography: West Sussex, except for one parish in the north, in the diocese of Guildford; East Sussex, except for one parish in the north, in the diocese of Rochester; one parish in Kent
Overseas Link Dioceses: IDWAL (Inter-Diocesan West Africa Link) Ghana, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Guinea (West Africa)
Population: 1680000
Area Square Miles: 1450
Full time Stipendiary Parochial Clergy: 238
Benefices: 275
Source: The Church of England Year Book. For more information visit the Diocese page on Crockford's here

The Diocese of Chichester almost exactly covers the counties of East and West Sussex and the City of Brighton and Hove, stretching for nearly a hundred miles (160km) along the south coast of England.

It was founded in 681 by St Wilfrid who converted the Kingdom of the South Saxons and established the first cathedral (a building which no longer exists) at Selsey.

In 1075 a new Cathedral was begun a few miles away at Chichester.

Organisation of the Diocese

Today the diocese comprises 481 churches in 362 parishes which are served by 450 clergy and employed Lay Workers and 265 Readers. The parishes are grouped into 275 benefices (with one clergyman or woman in overall charge).


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