Welcome to Canterbury Diocese

Canterbury Diocese is the oldest diocese in England, stretching from Maidstone to Thanet, the Isle of Sheppey to the Romney Marsh. We have 350 miles of coastline with historic ports and seaside resorts, alongside rural communities, market towns and commuter-belt urban developments. Affluent areas often sit alongside pockets of major deprivation, offering an exciting and challenging mission context. 

At the heart of all we do is a vision of transformation for ourselves and our communities: no one can encounter God and remain unchanged. In the Diocese of Canterbury, we want to increasingly become a Christian community transformed through encounter with Christ, growing and overflowing to transform and bless the families, homes and communities we serve: Changed Lives, Changing Lives. 

The Most Revd Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revd & Rt Hon
Justin Welby 

Archbishop of Canterbury
Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover The Rt Revd Dr Rose

Bishop of Dover


New pilgrimage route celebrates royal Kentish women

A new pilgrimage route, launching on Saturday 27 April 2024, has been developed linking churches in Canterbury, Lyminge, and Folkestone....

£3m funding for church growth in Margate and Maidstone

The Church of England has granted £3.2 million for a programme of church planting and revitalisation over five years in Margate and Maidstone...

Archbishop sees growth and revitalisation in Maidstone

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Hon and Rt Revd Justin Welby, spent Holy Week in the Maidstone Deanery, visiting churches, children’s groups, businesses and community outreach projects....

Today's Prayer

25 April
Praying Together: For wonder at the holiness of God

God of love, God of peace
God of hope, God of me
God of mercy, God of grace
Hear my praise

Holy, Holy,
God of heaven, God of earth, God of Me
Holy, Holy,
My voice and heart proclaims your majesty
I fall to my knees, God of me.

Prayer written by Jo and Richard Heywood - Authorised Lay Ministers at the Trinity Benefice, Folkestone

Anglican Communion:
The Diocese of Durham – The Church of England


Mission Priest

Isle of Sheppey...

Head of Property

Canterbury, Diocesan House...

Team Rector

North Downs Team with particular responsibility for the parish of Holy Cross Bearsted...

Reception and Hospitality Assistant

Diocesan House, Canterbury, Kent...


St Nicholas’, Allington and St Paul’s, Maidstone...
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