Easter to see launch of super diocese

The Rt Rev John Packer.
The Rt Rev John Packer.

The Bishop of Ripon and Leeds has welcomed the announcement the new super diocese for Yorkshire will be created at Easter next year.

The Rt Rev John Packer was responding to a statement by the Archbishop of York John Sentamu of when the merger of the Ripon and Leeds diocese with those of Wakefield and Bradford will go ahead.

“I welcome the road map which gives us clarity as we look forward to the future,” said the Bishop on the plans for the super diocese, which has the working title of West Yorkshire and the Dales.

“There’s a vision here to be seized and I pray that we will all work together to take this opportunity to further the work of the kingdom of God in West Yorkshire and the Dales.”

The enlarged diocese will be led by a bishop based in Leeds and divided into five areas covering Ripon, Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and Wakefield.

The controversial change had been opposed by the Bishop of Wakefield, Stephen Platten, but backed by the Rt Rev John Packer and the Bishop of Bradford, Nick Baines.