- Suffragan bishop
A suffragan bishop is a
bishopsubordinate to a metropolitan bishopor diocesan bishop.
Bishop (Catholic Church)"
Catholic Churchthis term is applied to all non-metropolitan bishops (that is, diocesan bishops of dioceses within a metropolitan's province, and auxiliary bishops).
AnglicanChurches, the term applies to a bishop who is a full-time assistant to a diocesan bishop, for example, the Bishop of Jarrowis suffragan to the Bishop of Durham(the diocesan). Some Anglican suffragans are given the responsibility for a geographical area within the diocese (for example, the Bishop of Selbyis an "area bishop" within the Diocese of York). The practice of appointing such bishops can be traced to the Suffragan Bishops Act 1534.
Church of Irelandhas no Suffragan Bishops, not even in the geographically large dioceses or in the two archdioceses.
Episcopal Church in the United States of America, Suffragan Bishops are fairly common in larger dioceses, but usually have no specific region of responsibility within a diocese, and so are not given the title of a particular city. Thus Barbara Clementine Harriswas titled simply "Suffragan Bishop of Massachusetts".
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