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The Bishop of Oswestry extends pastoral and sacramental care to 110 churches across thirteen dioceses in the Western half of the Province of Canterbury.

In 2022, a series of changes were announced to the names of bishops who offer extended episcopal care to parishes that cannot accept the priestly or episcopal ministry of women.

Under these changes, approved by the Dioceses Commission of the Church of England, the Bishop of Maidstone’s successor (who has had care for those  who cannot, on the grounds of complementarian evangelical theology, accept the priestly or episcopal ministry of women) will now be known as the Bishop of Ebbsfleet.

Meanwhile the role of the previous Bishop of Ebbsfleet – whose ministry was to traditional catholic parishes – will move to become that of the Bishop of Oswestry in the Diocese of Lichfield.

Up until now, Bishops of Ebbsfleet – one of the Church of England’s three ‘Provincial Episcopal Visitors’, who minister to traditional catholic parishes – have been responsible primarily for churches in the western half of the Church of England’s Province of Canterbury.

Consultations on a successor to Jonathan Goodall, the previous Bishop of Ebbsfleet, strongly suggested that it would be helpful for the new postholder be rooted in a diocese.

The Dioceses Commission has therefore agreed that Lichfield provides a good location for this ministry to this part of the Province and that Bishop Jonathan’s successor should therefore be designated as the Bishop of Oswestry.

On the Feast of Candlemas (2nd February) 2023, Father Paul Thomas SSC was consecrated as the First Bishop of Oswestry

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