The Bishop of Oxford is the diocesan or most senior bishop, responsible for oversight of the whole diocese. Because of its large size, the Diocese of Oxford is divided into four smaller ‘episcopal Areas’, each overseen by their own Area Bishop.
In some instances these ‘Areas’ are larger than entire dioceses elsewhere in the Church of England. In addition to his diocese-wide and national responsibilities, the Bishop of Oxford has pastoral care of the two deaneries of Oxford and Cowley, which cover the City of Oxford, right in the heart of the diocese.
Lent begins this year on Ash Wednesday, 14th February, and lasts for 40 days until Easter. Lent began in the early church as 40 days of preparation time for new Christians to prepare for baptism at Easter. The whole Church started to keep this 40 days to go back to the heart of the gospel […]