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diocese (n.)

1.the territorial jurisdiction of an archbishop

2.the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop

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DioceseDi"o*cese (?), n.; pl. Dioceses (#). [OE. diocise, OF. diocise, F. diocése, L. dioecesis, fr. Gr. � housekeeping, administration, a province, a diocese, fr. � to keep house, manage; dia` through + � to manage a household, � a house. See Economy.] (Eccl.) The circuit or extent of a bishop's jurisdiction; the district in which a bishop exercises his ecclesiastical authority. [Frequently, but improperly, spelt diocess.]

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Algeria • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Angola • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Argentina • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Australia • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Austria • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Balkanic Europe • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Bangladesh • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Belgium • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Benin • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Bolivia • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Bosnia-Herzegovina • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Brazil • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Burkina Faso • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Burma • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Burundi • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Cameroon • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Canada • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Chad • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Chile • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in China • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Colombia • List of Roman Catholic dioceses in Costa Rica • List of Roman Catholic 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the Church of the East • Reorganization of occupied dioceses during World War II • Roman Catholic dioceses in the United Kingdom

-American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese • Anglican Diocese of Auckland • Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn • Anglican Diocese of Central Newfoundland • Anglican Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador • Anglican Diocese of Lemombo • Anglican Diocese of Liverpool • Anglican Diocese of Manchester • Anglican Diocese of Niagara • Anglican Diocese of Niassa • Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island • Anglican Diocese of Qu'Appelle • Anglican Diocese of Riverina • Anglican Diocese of Salisbury • Anglican Diocese of Western Newfoundland • Catholic Diocese of Norwich • Catholic Diocese of the Old Catholics in Germany • Diocese of Aberdeen • Diocese of Agder • Diocese of Agder og Telemark • Diocese of Bardstown • Diocese of Bath and Wells • Diocese of Bjørgvin • Diocese of Blackburn • Diocese of Bradford • Diocese of Brechin (Episcopal) • Diocese of Bristol • Diocese of Chelmsford • Diocese of Chester • Diocese of Chichester • Diocese of Clonfert • Diocese of Cloyne • Diocese of Coventry • Diocese of Derby • Diocese of Durham • Diocese of Eastern Himalaya • Diocese of Elphin • Diocese of Ely • Diocese of Exeter • Diocese of Ferns • Diocese of Formosa • Diocese of Gloucester • Diocese of Gothenburg • Diocese of Greensburg • Diocese of Guildford • Diocese of Hereford • Diocese of Härnösand • Diocese of Indianapolis • Diocese of Kalmar • Diocese of Karlstad • Diocese of Leicester • Diocese of Linköping • Diocese of Liverpool • Diocese of Llandaff • Diocese of Louisville • Diocese of Luleå • Diocese of Lund • Diocese of Mariestad • Diocese of Monterey • Diocese of Møre • Diocese of Newcastle • Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland • Diocese of Norwich • Diocese of Ohio • Diocese of Orange • Diocese of Querétaro • Diocese of Raphoe • Diocese of Ripon • Diocese of Ripon and Leeds • Diocese of San Jose • Diocese of Sheffield • Diocese of Skara • Diocese of Southwark • Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham • Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich • Diocese of St. Albans • Diocese of Stavanger • Diocese of Stockholm • Diocese of Strängnäs • Diocese of Swansea and Brecon • Diocese of Thizica • Diocese of Tunsberg • Diocese of Uppsala • Diocese of Vincennes • Diocese of Visby • Diocese of Västerås • Diocese of Wakefield • Diocese of York • Episcopal Diocese of Alabama • Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta • Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire • Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real • Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac • Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth (Episcopal Church) • Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles • Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana • Episcopal Diocese of Michigan • Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire • Episcopal Diocese of Ohio • Episcopal Diocese of Spokane • List of Churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware • List of Episcopal Churches in the Diocese of Delaware • List of parishes of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu • Metropolitan Diocese • Roman Catholic Diocese of Alta and Baja California • Roman Catholic Diocese of Andong • Roman Catholic Diocese of Awgu • Roman Catholic Diocese of Ba Ria • Roman Catholic Diocese of Baker • Roman Catholic Diocese of Ballarat • Roman Catholic Diocese of Ban Me Thuot • Roman Catholic Diocese of Banja Luka • Roman Catholic Diocese of Bardstown • Roman Catholic Diocese of Beauvais • Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise • Roman Catholic Diocese of Both Californias • Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport • Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo • Roman Catholic Diocese of Buxar • Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheju • Roman Catholic Diocese of Ch’unch’on • Roman Catholic Diocese of Da Lat • Roman Catholic Diocese of Daejeon • Roman Catholic Diocese of Dubrovnik • Roman Catholic Diocese of Eichstätt • Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth • Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno • Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay • Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg • Roman Catholic Diocese of Gulbarga • Roman Catholic Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam • Roman Catholic Diocese of Hallam • Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg • Roman 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Diocese of Monterey-Fresno • Roman Catholic Diocese of Mostar-Duvno • Roman Catholic Diocese of New Orleans • Roman Catholic Diocese of Nola • Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange • Roman Catholic Diocese of Osnabrück • Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson • Roman Catholic Diocese of Pekhon • Roman Catholic Diocese of Pusan • Roman Catholic Diocese of Quilon • Roman Catholic Diocese of Quimper • Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester • Roman Catholic Diocese of Roermond • Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Joseph • Roman Catholic Diocese of Sale • Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford • Roman Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst • Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan • Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton • Roman Catholic Diocese of Senj-Modruš • Roman Catholic Diocese of Serrinha • Roman Catholic Diocese of Shrewsbury • Roman Catholic Diocese of Sindhudurg • Roman Catholic Diocese of Sion • Roman Catholic Diocese of Superior • Roman Catholic Diocese of Suwon • Roman Catholic Diocese of 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Diocese

                   
 
Sankt Laurentii kyrka
Diocese of Linköping, Söderköpings kommun, Sweden
  Pope Pius XI blesses Bishop Stephen Alencastre as fifth Apostolic Vicar of the Hawaiian Islands in a Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace window. In Roman Catholicism, the pope is the bishop of the Diocese of Rome. He creates the other dioceses throughout the world and chooses their bishops.

A diocese is the district or see under the supervision of a bishop. It is divided into parishes.

An archdiocese is more significant than a diocese. An archdiocese is presided over by an archbishop whose see may have or had importance due to size or historical significance. The archbishop may have metropolitan authority over any other (then 'suffragan') bishops and their dioceses within his ecclesiastical province.

This structure of church governance is known as episcopal polity.

A diocese also may be referred to as a bishopric or episcopal see, though strictly the term episcopal see refers to the domain of ecclesiastical authority officially held by the bishop, and the term bishopric to the post of being bishop.

The bishops, Greek: Episkopos, elders or overseers, of the long-established churches claim Apostolic succession, a direct historical lineage dating back to the original Twelve Apostles.
The word diocese is from the Greek term διοίκησις, meaning "administration".

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  Catholic Church

As of January 2009 there are 630 Catholic archdioceses (including 13 patriarchates, two catholicates, 536 metropolitan archdioceses, 79 single archdioceses) and 2,167 dioceses in the world.

  Eastern Catholic churches

In the Eastern Catholic Churches (which recognize papal authority and are a part of the larger Catholic Church), the equivalent unit is called an eparchy.

 
St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh
Cathedral of the Diocese of Armagh and Metropolitan Cathedral of the United Provinces of Armagh and Tuam,
Church of Ireland
Anglican Communion

  Eastern Orthodox Church

The Eastern Orthodox Church calls dioceses metropoleis in the Greek tradition or eparchies in the Slavic tradition.

  Church of England and Anglican Communion

After the Reformation, the Church of England retained the existing diocesan structure which remains throughout the Anglican Communion.

  Lutheranism

  Poland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Finland

Certain Lutheran denominations such as the Church of Sweden do have individual dioceses similar to Roman Catholics. These dioceses and archdioceses are under the government of a bishop (see Archbishop of Uppsala).[1] Other Lutheran bodies and synods that have dioceses and bishops include the Church of Denmark, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, the Evangelical Church in Germany (partially), and the Church of Norway.[2]

  Lutheranism in USA

Some American Lutheran synods such as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America do have a bishop acting as the head of the synod,[3] but the synod does not have dioceses and archdioceses as the churches listed above. Rather, it is divided into a middle judicatory.[4] The Lutheran Church-International, based in Springfield, Illinois, presently uses a traditional diocesan structure, with four dioceses in North America. Its current president is Archbishop Robert W. Hotes.[5]

  Churches that have neither dioceses nor bishops

  Methodism

In the British Methodist Church and Irish Methodist Church, churches are grouped together in sections. Sections are grouped together to form Circuits. Circuits are grouped together to form Districts. All of these, combined with the local membership of the Church, are referred to as the 'Connexion'. This 18th-century term, endorsed by John Wesley who remained within the Church of England, describes how people serving in different geographical centres are 'connected' to each other. The Methodist Church has an annual president. Each District is headed by a 'Chair' who oversees its functioning. Each Circuit is governed by a superintendent minister. The geographical regions covered by circuits and dioceses rarely overlap.

In the United Methodist Church (the United States and some other countries), a bishop is given oversight over a geographical area called an Episcopal Area. Each episcopal area contains one or more annual conferences, which is how the churches and clergy under the bishop's supervision are organized. Thus, the use of the term "diocese" referring to geography is the most equivalent in the United Methodist Church, whereas each annual conference is part of one episcopal area (though that area may contain more than one conference). The African Methodist Episcopal Church has a similar structure to the United Methodist Church, also using the Episcopal Area.

  Baptists

Most Baptists hold that no church or ecclesiastical organization has inherent authority over a Baptist church. Churches can properly relate to each other under this polity only through voluntary cooperation, never by any sort of coercion. Furthermore, this Baptist polity calls for freedom from governmental control.[6] Most Baptists believe in "Two offices of the church"—pastor-elder and deacon—based on certain scriptures (1 Timothy 3:1–13; Titus 1–2).

Exceptions to this local form of local governance include a few churches that submit to the leadership of a body of elders, as well as the Episcopal Baptists that have an Episcopal system.

  History

 
Dioceses
of the Roman Empire
400 AD

In the later organization of the Roman Empire, the increasingly subdivided provinces were administratively associated in a larger unit, the diocese (Latin dioecesis, from the Greek term διοίκησις, meaning "administration").

With the adoption of Christianity as the Empire's official religion in the 4th century, the clergy assumed official positions of authority alongside the civil governors. A formal church hierarchy was set up, parallel to the civil administration, whose areas of responsibility often coincided.

With the collapse of the Western Empire in the 5th century, the bishops in Western Europe assumed a large part of the role of the former Roman governors. A similar, though less pronounced, development occurred in the East, where the Roman administrative apparatus was largely retained by the Byzantine Empire. In modern times, many diocese, though later subdivided, have preserved the boundaries of a long-vanished Roman administrative division. For Gaul, Bruce Eagles has observed that "it has long been an academic commonplace in France that the medieval dioceses, and their constituent pagi, were the direct territorial successors of the Roman civitates.[7]

Modern usage of 'diocese' tends to refer to the sphere of a bishop's jurisdiction. This became commonplace during the self-conscious "classicizing" structural evolution of the Carolingian empire in the 9th century, but this usage had itself been evolving from the much earlier parochia ("parish"), dating from the increasingly formalised Christian authority structure in the 4th century (see EB 1911).

  See also

  Notes

  1. ^ Adam of Bremen, Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum, online text in Latin; scholia 94.
  2. ^ see List of Lutheran dioceses and archdioceses.
  3. ^ Office of the Presiding Bishop on ELCA.org. Retrieved 2010-16-04.
  4. ^ LERNing newsletter from July 2005 at ELCA.org. Retrieved 2010-16-04.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Pinson, William M., Jr.. Trends in Baptist Polity. Baptist History and Heritage Society. http://www.baptisthistory.org/contissues/pinson.htm. 
  7. ^ Bruce Eagles, "Britons and Saxons on the Eastern Boundary of the Civitas Durotrigum" Britannia 35 (2004:234–240) p 234, noting for instance E.M. Wightman, Gallia Belgica (London) 1985:26.

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