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Archbishop of York Celebrates Diocese of Sheffield Centenary

Sheffield Cathedral

Monday 10th November 2014

The Archbishop of York is to preach at the service that draws the Diocese of Sheffield’s centenary year celebrations to a close later this month.


The closing service will be held on 23 November 2014 at Sheffield Cathedral and it marks the final stage of the official 2014 centenary tour around the region.

People from across the Diocese of Sheffield will gather to celebrate 100 years of the Diocese at the closing service.  The Archbishop of York said: “The closing service offers an opportunity to recommit to all that God is calling the Diocese to be and do.  To celebrate the centenary together is a joyous occasion but also one which allows a reflection on what the next 100 years might bring.  With the Holy Spirit in you, everything is possible!”

Throughout the centenary year, many local companies have supported the celebration events.  Doncaster Brewery created a new product, the Sheffield Diocese Centenary Ale has been on sale throughout the year, Henderson’s Relish produced a special bottle design for purchase, Asda donated 600 cupcakes to the Cathedral and Le Pla Automation, Sheffield engineered a special centenary cross from local steel.

The Bishop of Sheffield, Steven Croft said: “It has been an incredible centenary year and I would like to thank everyone who has got involved and supported the Diocese.  The centenary tour events have included tours and walks; workshops; puppet shows; teaching; BBQs; prayers and we hope an opportunity for everyone within the Diocese to find out more about the church and for some the chance to start exploring their own faith anew which is wonderful”.

Notes to Editors:

The year 2014 marks a special year for the Church of England in South Yorkshire and East Riding as we celebrate 100 years since the creation of the Diocese of Sheffield.  Formed on 23 January 1914 by the division from the Diocese of York, it now covers the major urban areas of Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster and the surrounding towns and villages.

Sheffield Cathedral, originally a parish church, was elevated to cathedral in 1914 with the creation of the new diocese.

The first diocesan Bishop was enthroned on 1 May 1914 with reporters from Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Goole covering the event widely.


The Centenary Tour:

2 June 2014 – Mansion House tea-party

8 June 2014 - Sheffield Cathedral

15 June 2014 - Yorkshire Waterways Museum, Goole

22 June 2014 - Beauchief Abbey, Sheffield

20 July 2014 - Cusworth Hall, Doncaster

7 Sept 2014 - Roche Abbey, Maltby

14 Sept 2014 - Doncaster Minster

28 Sept 2014 - Worsbrough Mill, Barnsley

19 Oct 2014 - Rotherham Minster

23 Nov 2014 – Sheffield Cathedral

Sheffield Cathedral is leading on ticketing for this event on a first come first served basis.  Currently the service is fully booked.  However, photographs will be available after the event from [email protected]

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