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Edward Holland (bishop)

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In office  1995–2001
Role  Bishop of Colchester
Consecration  July 22, 1986
Name  Edward Holland
Predecessor  Michael Vickers

Alma mater  King's College London
Successor  Christopher Morgan
Denomination  Anglican
Education  Dauntsey's School
Diocese  Diocese of Chelmsford
Other posts  Honorary assistant bishop in London and in Europe (2002–present) Suffragan Bishop in Europe (1986–1995)
Ordination  1965 (deacon); 1966 (priest)
Born  28 June 1936 (age 79) (1936-06-28)
Parents  Reginald Holland & Olive Yeoman

Edward Holland (born 28 June 1936) is a retired Anglican bishop, who was the Suffragan Bishop in Europe and then the area Bishop of Colchester. He is now an honorary assistant bishop in both the Diocese of London and the Diocese in Europe.


Early life

Holland was born on 28 June 1936 and educated at Dauntsey's School and trained for the priesthood at King's College London, becoming an Associate of King's College (AKC).

Ordained ministry

Holland was ordained a deacon in 1965 and a priest in 1966. His first ministry position after ordination was as a curate at Holy Trinity, Dartford. He then served at John Keble Church, Mill Hill. before a period in the Mediterranean.

Holland was precentor at Gibraltar Cathedral and then chaplain of Christ Church, Naples. He returned to London to be vicar of St Mark's, Bromley, before his ordination to the episcopate.

Episcopal ministry

Holland was consecrated as a bishop in 1986. His first episcopal appointment made use of his experience as the suffragan bishop ("Suffragan Bishop in Europe") of the Diocese in Europe, a diocese often described simply as "in Europe". The suffragan bishop in Europe assists the diocesan bishop. Holland served in this ministry for nine years.

Holland returned to the United Kingdom in 1995, to the Diocese of Chelmsford as Bishop of Colchester. That see is also one of a suffragan bishop, but this diocese is one in which the see is divided into discrete areas of administration (since 1983), so the bishop is more often referred to as an area bishop.


In February 2012, Holland signed an open letter calling for the Church of England to allow its priests to officiate at civil partnership ceremonies in their churches if their conscience allows them to. It was suggested that this would work in the same was as the remarriage of divorced couples, in that no resit would be forced to do so if their conscience did not allow it.

Later life

In retirement since 2001, Holland is an honorary assistant bishop in both the Diocese of London and the Diocese in Europe.


Edward Holland (bishop) Wikipedia

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