Glossary of terms

This section lists some common words and terms used in the Church of England. Cclick on the first letter of the word and a list of words beginning with that letter will appear. Click on more.. for that word for an explanation.  This will open a separate window with the description and, in some cases, an image.


The area under the supervision of a bishop, derived from the Greek meaning 'administration'.  There are 40 Anglican dioceses in England, down from 42 after the merger of Ripon, Bradford and Wakefield in 2014.  Each diocese is divided into parishes.