A Welcome For Bishop Martin This Autumn

Our bishops Robert and David are kept busy travelling around the diocese – which covers 9 time zones and 41 countries. They offer pastoral oversight and regularly visit churches with ministry including baptisms, confirmations and ordinations. Each of them serves as “lead bishop” in the countries and archdeaconries under their care which allows them to give more focussed attention to different parts of the diocese.

From time to time they are assisted by Honorary Assistant Bishops who are invited to serve the diocese by being available for liturgical celebrations and pastoral activities. Some retired diocesan or suffragan bishops can offer their detailed, specialised knowledge of the diocese in Europe and can bring valuable assistance.

Rt Rev Martin Wharton has accepted an invitation to serve as an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the diocese. Bishop Martin was until recently Bishop of Newcastle and was awarded the CBE for his services to the North East of England. As co-chair of the Porvoo Contact Group he has gained some understanding and experience of our churches in Scandinavia and the Baltics, and he is well acquainted with chaplaincies in Spain and Portugal.

It is hoped that he will be formally commissioned at the annual Friends of the Diocese service at St. Matthews Westminster at 6pm on Wednesday 19th October.