About Us

  • The Diocese serves a population of 2.097 million, the 5th largest by population in the country.
  • The Diocese serves an area of 1,740 square-miles, the 9th largest by size in the country.
  • The Diocese has 238 Benefices, 424 Parishes and 545 Churches.
  • The Diocese has 502 clergy in active ministry 142 women and 360 men.
  • On average, each member of the clergy serves 3,660 people.

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Rites of Passage

In 2018, the Diocese performed 1487 weddings.

The Diocese held 4499 church funerals in 2018, as well as 3061 in crematoria and other locations.

In 2018, the Diocese baptised 4135 people - a fall from 2017.

There were 541 people confirmed in 2018, a fall on 2017.

Some 44,000 children and young people are educated in Church of England schools in the diocese.
There are 196 Primary schools, six Middle schools and four Secondary schools in seven local education authority areas: Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Walsall.

73 schools received Denominational Inspections (statutory inspection of anglican schools) in 2006/07 and 19% were judged Outstanding, 60% Good and 21% Satisfactory. No school was unsatisfactory. On average, over the period 2003-06, in Key Stage 2 SATs results Church of England schools in the Diocese of Lichfield outperformed all schools in the seven relevant local authority areas by 8% (number of pupils achieving Level 4 (the expected level) in the three main curriculum areas (Literacy, Numeracy, Science)).

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