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The Diocesan Administration

The Diocese is a spiritual family, headed by our Hierarchs together with our beloved clergy, who strive to live the 'Life in Christ' — the Holy Orthodox Faith — together with all the flock as one Body seeking to be 'made perfect in Christ' (cf. Hebrews 10.14).

In order to facilitate this Godly work throughout the parishes, schools, missions, colleges, printing houses, and other resources of the the Diocese, various administrative structures exist to aid the Bishops, the Clergy, and the Faithful in their work.

The Diocesan Assembly

Following the standard canonical practices of the Statutes of the ROCOR, the Diocesan Assembly plays a role in the organisation and administration of Diocesan life, engaging in such activities as receiving the Diocesan Statutes and, with the blessing of the Diocesan Hierarchy, electing members of the Diocesan Council.

  • Chair of the Diocesan Assembly: His Grace Bishop Irenei of Sacramento
  • Senior Priest (Vice Chair of the Assembly): Archpriest Andrew Phillips
  • Chancellor of the Diocese: Archpriest Paul Elliott
  • Diocesan Secretary and Treasurer: Mr Gregory Wolcough
Trustees of the Diocese

As a Charitable Trust, the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland has a board of three Trustees whose legal duty is to ensure the canonical continuity of the Diocese in terms of its establishment in Law. The Trustees of the Diocese are, at present, its Chancellor Archpriest Paul Elliott, Archrpiest Peter Baulk, and Mr Gregory Wolcough.

Diocesan Spiritual Court

In concert with the standards of ecclesiastical governance established in the Statutes of the ROCOR, our Diocese has a Spiritual Court which, as an advisory body to the Ruling Bishops, considers specific matters of Church discipline related to marriage, clergy life and service, etc. The Spiritual Court convenes as required, and operates according to the normal ROCOR Statutes. The members of the Spiritual Court are, at present, Archpriest Andrew Philips, Archpriest Peter Baulk and Archpriest Vitaly Serapinas.

Diocesan Media

The Diocesan Web Site

This web site is an official publication of the Diocese, published with the blessing of its Hierarchy. It is maintained largely through the labours of the Diocesan Chancellor and other volunteers based at the Parish of St Elisabeth the New Martyr, Wallasey, where the Diocesan Chancellery is presently located.

For news items or other materials that might be considered for publication on this web site, please contact Archpriest Paul Elliott on frpaulelliott@aol.com

The Diocesan Facebook Page

The Diocese also maintains an active Facebook Page, used to post more immediate news and announcements, photographs of Diocesan life and activities, notice of future events, etc. It is maintained chiefly by Reader Phillip Hicks of the Cheltenham Parish, to whom materials for potential posting can be sent on philip@kredoconsulting.com


Welcome the Diocese's recently revamped web site. We invite you to explore the variety of new content already in place, and ask your patience as we continue to transfer older archival items to the new system, as well as expand our materials with new information over the coming months.

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