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The Bishop of Calcutta exercises episcopal leadership over the Diocese of Calcutta of the Church of North India. The diocese was established in 1813 as part of the Church of England and the first bishop was Thomas Fanshawe Middleton (1814-1822) and the second Reginald Heber (1823-1826). Under the sixth bishop Daniel Wilson (1832-1858) the see was made Metropolitan (though not made an Archbishopric) when two more dioceses in India came into being (Madras, 1835, and Bombay, 1837).

Calcutta was made a Metropolitan See by Letters patent on October 10, 1835 and in 1930 was included in the Church of India, Burma and Ceylon (from 1948 the Church of India, Pakistan, Burma, and Ceylon) until 1970. In 1970, the Church of the Province of Myanmar, Church of Ceylon and the Church of Pakistan were separated from the province.

The Anglican dioceses in Northern India merged with the United Church of Northern India (Congregationalist and Presbyterian), the Methodist Church (British and Australian Conferences), the Council of Baptist Churches in Northern India, the Church of the Brethren in India, and the Disciples of Christ to form the Church of North India in the same year.

The diocese currently has jurisdiction over the corporation limits of Calcutta and the Districts of Hooghly & Howrah in the state of West Bengal. The bishop's seat (cathedra) is located in the city of Calcutta at St. Paul's Cathedral. The current bishop is the Right Reverend Ashok Biswas.

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Succession

This is an incomplete list of people who have served as the Bishop of Calcutta.

Tenure Incumbent Notes
1814 - 1823 Thomas Fanshawe Middleton
1823 - 1826 Reginald Heber
1827 - 1828 John Thomas James
1829 - 1831 John Matthias Turner
1832 - 1858 Daniel Wilson First Metropolitan of India and Ceylon (1835)
1858 - 1866 George Edward Lynch Cotton
1866 - 1876 Robert Milman
1876 - 1898 Edward Ralph Johnson
1898 - 1902 James Edward Cowell Welldon
1902 - 1913 Reginald Stephen Copleston Consecrated Bishop of Colombo (1876), Translated (1902)
1913 - 1919 George Alfred Lefroy Consecrated Bishop of Lahore (1899), Translated (1913)
1919 - 1949 Foss Westcott Consecrated Bishop of Chota-Nagpur (1905), Translated (1919)
Metropolitan of India, 1919-45
1949 - 1952 George Hubbard
1970 - 1980 Rt Rev Joseph Amritanand consecrated 1948 Bishop of Assam
1974 - 1999 Dinesh Chandra Gorai Consecrated Bishop of Barrackpore (), Translated ()
1999 - May 2008 P S P Raju Consecrated Bishop of Calcutta (1999), Translated (2007)
2008 - Present Ashok Biswas Consecrated Bishop of Calcutta (2008)

See also

References

  • Cross, F. L. (ed.) (1957) The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. Oxford U. P.; pp. 686-88: "India, Christianity in"

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The Bishop of Calcutta exercises episcopal leadership over the Diocese of Calcutta of the Church of North India. The diocese was established in 1813 as part of the Church of England and the first bishop was Thomas Fanshawe Middleton (1814–1822) and the second Reginald Heber (1823–1826). Under the sixth bishop Daniel Wilson (1832–1858) the see was made Metropolitan (though not made an Archbishopric) when two more dioceses in India came into being (Madras, 1835, and Bombay, 1837).

Calcutta was made a Metropolitan See by Letters patent on October 10, 1835 and in 1930 was included in the Church of India, Burma and Ceylon (from 1948 the Church of India, Pakistan, Burma, and Ceylon) until 1970. In 1970, the Church of the Province of Myanmar, Church of Ceylon and the Church of Pakistan were separated from the province.

The Anglican dioceses in Northern India merged with the United Church of Northern India (Congregationalist and Presbyterian), the Methodist Church (British and Australian Conferences), the Council of Baptist Churches in Northern India, the Church of the Brethren in India, and the Disciples of Christ to form the Church of North India in the same year.

The diocese currently has jurisdiction over the corporation limits of Calcutta and the Districts of Hooghly & Howrah in the state of West Bengal. The bishop's seat (cathedra) is located in the city of Calcutta at St. Paul's Cathedral. The current bishop is the Right Reverend Ashok Biswas.

Contents

Succession

This is an incomplete list of people who have served as the Bishop of Calcutta.

Tenure Incumbent Notes
1814–1823Thomas Fanshawe Middleton
1823–1826Reginald Heber
1827–1828John Thomas James
1829–1831John Matthias Turner
1832–1858Daniel WilsonFirst Metropolitan of India and Ceylon (1835)
1858–1866George Edward Lynch Cotton
1866–1876Robert Milman
1876–1898Edward Ralph Johnson
1898–1902James Edward Cowell Welldon
1902–1913Reginald Stephen CoplestonConsecrated Bishop of Colombo (1876), Translated (1902)
1913–1919George Alfred LefroyConsecrated Bishop of Lahore (1899), Translated (1913)
1919–1949Foss WestcottConsecrated Bishop of Chota Nagpur (1905), Translated (1919)
Metropolitan of India, 1919–45
1949–1952George Hubbard
1970–1980Rt Rev Joseph Amritanandconsecrated 1948 Bishop of Assam
1974–1999Dinesh Chandra GoraiConsecrated Bishop of Barrackpore (), Translated ()
1999 - May 2008P S P RajuConsecrated Bishop of Calcutta (1999), Translated (2007)
2008–presentAshok BiswasConsecrated Bishop of Calcutta (2008)

See also

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References

  • Cross, F. L. (ed.) (1957) The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. Oxford U. P.; pp. 686–88: "India, Christianity in"

External links


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