About Us

The Diocese of Peterborough

The Diocese of Peterborough, founded in 1541, has 348 parishes and 379 churches covering Northamptonshire, the northern part of Peterborough and the county of Rutland. Peterborough Cathedral is our mother church. With around 200 clergy and a similar number of lay ministers, we serve a population of just under a million people.

Our worshipping community consists of over 20,000 people of all ages and backgrounds and around 12,000 people attend a service each Sunday. Almost 20,000 4-18 year olds attend over 100 church schools in the diocese.

The Diocese is led by The Bishop of Peterborough, assisted by the suffragan Bishop of Brixworth. The 39th Bishop of Peterborough is the Right Reverend Debbie Sellin.  Bishop Debbie was installed at a service in Peterborough Cathedral on 3 March 2024.  


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The Bishops

The Diocesan Bishop is the most senior clergy person in the diocese.  She is assisted by a Suffragan Bishop.

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The Dean and Archdeacons

Who they are the senior clergy, what they do, and how do they support parishes? 

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Clergy and Lay Ministers

What does a clergy person actually do?  And who are lay ministers? 

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Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility.  Find out more here, including how to disclose a concern.

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Teams Supporting Parish Ministry

There are many teams available to help clergy and parishes.  Find out who they are and what they can do to help you.

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Governance and Synods

The Diocese of Peterborough is lead by the bishops, but run by various synods, boards and committees.  Find out a little more about the inner workings of the diocese.

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Click here for the latest news from the Diocese of Peterborough.

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Here you can find links to all diocese publications, and sign up to recieve them.

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Link with the Church in Korea

More information about our friendship with the Church in Seoul.

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What is a diocese, a deanery or a parish? 

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