It comprises five distinct areas – Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Huddersfield and Ripon – each with a distinct character and degree of autonomy in how they serve their particular region.
There will be one Diocesan Bishop and four Area Bishops. The Diocesan Bishop’s title is Bishop of Leeds; he will be both the Diocesan Bishop and Area Bishop of Leeds. He is scheduled to be enthroned in the summer of 2014.
The three current Cathedrals – Ripon, Bradford and Wakefield – will remain with equal status.
The advantages include:
• Having a Diocesan Bishop who will be one of the most influential in the country.
• Stability and robustness of a large organisation with considerable financial resources.
• Ability to develop full time specialists and support people who can work diocese-wide.
• Clergy employment and deployment opportunities.
• Opportunities to develop new models of clergy/laity working.
• Ability to network, share and learn from many more people across a large organisation.