About the Diocese of Lichfield
Located in the heart of England, Lichfield Diocese serves a
population of two million people across Staffordshire, the northern
half of Shropshire, most of the Black Country and a small part of
The diocese traces its roots back to AD656 and the See of
Mercia. In AD 664, Saint Chad moved the seat of the diocese
to Lichfield from Repton. The city's name means "Field of the Dead"
and is believed to stem from the slaughter of 1,000 Christians in
the city at the hands of the Roman emperor Diocletian.
Lichfield has had a troubled past having been ravaged by the
Vikings and laid siege to during the English Civil War. Over time
the seat of the diocese was transferred to Chester, Coventry and
then back to Lichfield in order to provide protection.
In Chad's time the diocese stretched from the Welsh border to
the North Sea; and from Northumberland to the Thames. And, despite
having shrunk somewhat over the years as parts of the diocese were
carved off to form neighbouring dioceses, Lichfield remains one of
the largest in the Church of England, covering an area of 1,744
square miles. The diocese has 583 churches and 427 parishes.
The diocese is headed up by the 98th Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt
Revd Jonathan Gledhill, and is served by 294 full time stipendiary
(paid) clergy and an even larger number of non-stipendiary
(volunteer) clergy and lay ministers.
Today, it enjoys missionary partnerships with the Dioceses of
Kuching, West Malaysia and Singapore in South East Asia; the
Diocese of Qu'Appelle in Saskatchewan, Canada; the Diocese of
Matlosane in South Africa; and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of
Mecklenburg in north-east Germany.
The diocese provides a supportive framework for ministry in an
area which celebrates its diversity, with thriving Anglo-Catholic
and Evangelical congregations located throughout the three
episcopal areas of Shrewsbury, Stafford, and Wolverhampton.