About our Chaplaincy and Diocese
The Chaplaincy of St. George, Malaga belongs to the Archdeaconry of Gibraltar, which is part of the Diocese in Europe of the Church of England. The church building was originally the chapel of the English Cemetery and the dwelling for the caretaker, and was converted in 1890-91 to become the present St George’s Church. (For the previous 50 years, even before the appointment of the first permanent chaplain in 1850, services had been held in a room in or adjacent to the British Consulate.) Over the years all the other chaplaincies along the Costa del Sol, from Estepona to Nerja, grew out of St George’s.
English churches and congregations have been established on the Continent of Europe since before the Reformation. The number of these grew to such an extent that in 1633 congregations of the Church of England in all foreign countries were placed under the single jurisdiction of the Bishop of London. In 1842 the Mediterranean rim and Iberia were placed in a Diocese under the episcopal care of the Bishop of Gibraltar, but northern and central Europe remained with London. In July 1980, these disparate parts were united and the Diocese in Europe was formed. The Cathedral Church is that of the Holy Trinity in Gibraltar.
The Bishop of the Diocese of Europe is the Rt. Revd. Dr Robert Innes, who was appointed in July 2014. After a career in business and engineering he was ordained into the Church of England. He moved to the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe to become Senior Chaplain and Chancellor of the Pro-Cathedral of The Holy Trinity, Brussels in 2005 and was additionally appointed a Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen in 2012. Bishop Robert still resides in Brussels - see his interesting blog on Brexit and other matters European.
The Suffragan Bishop is The Rt. Revd. Dr David Hamid, who has particular responsibility for the Archdeaconry of Gibraltar, including our own Chaplaincy. Bishop David's blog gives interesting information about events in our diocese.
The Diocese maintains friendly relations with other Christian churches in mainland Europe and is committed to the quest for the full visible unity of the church. This commitment is reflected in the congregations of the Malaga chaplaincy, where everyone is welcome to worship with us and the Holy Communion is shared with all baptised persons regardless of church affiliation.
Bishop Robert Innes