Announcement of a Fourth Archdeaconry for the Diocese of Chichester
Bishop Mark has confirmed that further to recent consultations with relevant parties, the way is now clear for The Bishop of Chichester to make a Pastoral Order creating a fourth archdeaconry in the Diocese of Chichester. The new archdeaconry will consist of the deaneries of Brighton, Hove and Lewes & Seaford. At the same time, the Deanery of Westbourne will be transferred from the Archdeaconry of Horsham to the Archdeaconry of Chichester.
On behalf of all three bishops in the Diocese of Chichester, Bishop Mark said: "The Bishop of Chichester is mindful that many people wish to see ‘Lewes’ named in the title of the new archdeaconry and he will seek to initiate a new consultation to determine the final name of the new archdeaconry. For legal reasons, it will have the title of ‘The Archdeaconry of Brighton’ until this matter is concluded.
He added: "The Bishops and members of the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee are grateful to all who have participated in the recent consultations and they believe the changes will enable us more effectively to engage in mission and pastoral care."