Diocese of Derry and Raphoe
The Diocese of Derry and Raphoe is a diocese of the Church of Ireland located in the north of Ireland. It is in the ecclesiastical province of Armagh. Its geographical remit covers Derry (in Northern Ireland) and County Donegal (in the Republic of Ireland).
Overview and history
When the Church in England broke communion with the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of England was established by the state as the established church. Later, by decree of the Irish Parliament, a similar new body became the State Church in the Kingdom of Ireland. It assumed possession of most Church property (and so retained a great repository of religious architecture and other items, though some were later destroyed). The substantial majority of the population remained faithful to the Latin Rite of Roman Catholicism, despite the political and economic advantages of membership in the state church. They were obliged to find alternative premises and to conduct their services in secret. The English-speaking minority mostly adhered to the Church of Ireland or to Presbyterianism. On the death of Archbishop Trench of Tuam in 1839, the Province of Tuam was united to the Armagh. Over the centuries, numerous dioceses were merged, in view of declining membership. The historic sees of Derry and Raphoe were united in 1834. It is for this reason that the united diocese has two cathedrals.
- The Cathedral Church of St Columb, Derry, Northern Ireland.
- The Cathedral Church of St. Eunan, Raphoe, County Donegal, Republic of Ireland.
List of Bishops
The following is a basic list the bishops.
- 1958–1969: Charles John Tyndall
- 1970–1975: Cuthbert Irvine Peacocke
- 1975–1980: Robert "Robin" Eames
- 1980–2003: James Mehaffey
- 2002–present: Kenneth Raymond Good
- List of Anglican dioceses in the United Kingdom and Ireland
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Derry
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Raphoe
Church of Ireland dioceses Province of Armagh Province of Dublin Anglican Communion
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