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Diocesan visits

Throughout the year, the Archbishop undertakes several Diocesan visits.

The Church of England comprises two Provinces, Canterbury and York. Each province is broken down into dioceses. There are 41 in England (42 including the Diocese in Europe). Each of the English dioceses has a structure of boards and councils responsible for different aspects of the Church's work, e.g. Ministry, Mission, Education, Social Responsibility.

The role of the Archbishop of York is varied. He is Primate of England and Archbishop of the Province of York.  In addition, the Archbishop leads the Dioceses in the northern province of the Church of England. These are NewcastleCarlisleSodor and ManDurham, Leeds (West Yorkshire & the Dales), Blackburn, York, ManchesterLiverpoolSheffieldChester and Southwell & Nottingham.

He is responsible for the care and encouragement of the clergy and people of the Diocese of York, geographically the largest Church of England Diocese with 470 parishes.

Northern Bishops Mission - Crossroads Mission in Sheffield 

The Archbishop of York led a team of 21 bishops in four days of mission across Sheffield Diocese from 10-13 September 2015. They worked across all the deaneries of the Diocese of Sheffield.  Find out more here 

"Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls” Jeremiah 6.16

Northern Bishops Mission -Crossroads Mission in Blackburn 

From 8th – 11th September 2016,  22 visiting Bishops, plus the Archbishop of York visited the Diocese of Blackburn alongside teams composed of a mix of lay people, youth workers, ordinands and clergy. The essence of Crossroads was local churches engaging in local mission. The events and style of the mission were decided at local church and deanery level, with the visiting mission team supporting what was decided by parishes. Find out more here

 Northern Bishops Mission - Talking Jesus in Durham 

During four days from 2nd - 5th March 2017, Twenty five Bishops and their teams from the northern half of The Church of England led by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu have been Talking Jesus in communities across the Diocese of Durham. Find out more here