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


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....

Easter Songs of Praise from Canterbury

St Martin’s church in Canterbury will be part of Easter Sunday’s Songs of Praise on BBC One with presenter Aled Jones observing the dawn service....

ITV film at St Martin’s for women’s history month

St Martin’s Church in Canterbury had a visit from ITV Meridian as part of its coverage for women’s history month...

Today's Prayer

13 April
Praying with the Elham Deanery: for Chaplains
Pray for all those exercising chaplaincy ministry - formally and informally - within Schools, uniformed organisations, residential care communities, community clubs, businesses, health care groups, prisons, police, armed services and in sport. May God give them wisdom to respond to the opportunities given, to be assured of their calling to be witnesses to Christ. May they know the support of local churches and see God at work wherever they go.

Please pray today for;

Malcolm Sawyer, Tricia Hill, David Slater, Bill Mills, Heather Parsons, Sarah Grinsell, Maggie Smithard, Barry Knott

Anglican Communion:
The Diocese of Dogura –
The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea


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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