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Diocese of the UK to celebrate the 24th anniversary of its founding this January

Jan 11, 2016


The Right Reverend Damien Mead, Bishop of the Diocese of the United Kingdom

Later this month, Anglican Catholics in the United Kingdom will celebrate a unique anniversary.  On the 24th of January, which also happens to be Septuagesima Sunday, the Anglican Catholic Diocese of the United Kingdom (DUK) will commemorate 24 years of existence.

The diocese was founded in 1992, when Leslie Hamlett led a group of traditionalist Anglicans in Britain out of the Church of England.  Hamlett, a former Church of England priest, was consecrated first Bishop Ordinary of the diocese in a ceremony in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.  He served as bishop of the DUK until his resignation in 1997. 

After Bishop Hamlett's departure, the diocese was served by a series of Episcopal Visitors from the United States.  This interim period ended in 2008, when the Very Reverend Damien Mead was consecrated as the second Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese. In addition to his role in the church, Bishop Mead serves as chairman of Credo Care, Ltd. (www.credocare.co.uk), an independent fostering agency for disabled children.

In advance of the celebrations, Bishop Mead asks that the diocese give thanks for the Episcopal oversight given by his predecessors:

1992 - 1997 (1st Bishop Ordinary)
The Right Revd Leslie Hamlett.

1997 - 2001 (Episcopal Visitor)
The Most Revd John T Cahoon, Jnr.,
(Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic States, USA)

2001 - 2004 (Episcopal Visitor)
The Right Revd Mark Haverland,
(Diocese of the South, USA)

2004 - 2008 (Episcopal Visitor)
The Right Revd Rommie Starks,
(Diocese of the Mid-West, USA)

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