The future of the Wakefield Diocese is set to be decided today.
Members of the General Synod will make a decision on whether it should be dissolved, along with the diocese of Bradford and Ripon and Leeds, and replaced with a single, larger Diocese of Leeds - dubbed the ‘super diocese.’
Senior clergy from Wakefield and the surrounding areas are calling for everyone to come together and Pray for Wakefield’ today as the decision is due to be voted on in York.
If given the go-ahead, it could be the first time synod members vote to dissolve a diocese against its will, after Wakefield voted against the proposals earlier this year, saying bigger isn’t always better’ and that the benefits of the change do not justify its considerable cost’.
The day of prayer will be held at Wakefield Cathedral from 12.30pm until 4pm.
The parish church of All Saints became Wakefield Cathedral in 1888, and the Wakefield Diocese, which celebrated its 125th anniversary last week, was born.