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Bishop’s Commitment To Oversee Diocesan Changes

Bishop Geoffrey has today (14 May 2012) assured clergy and lay leaders that he is committed to serving during the legislative changes planned for streamlining and updating ministry and mission in the Diocese.

Although it would be normal for the Bishop to retire at the age of 70 (his birthday is in February 2013) he has consulted the Archbishop of Canterbury who has concluded that it would be desirable for him to stay on during the process amending the Diocese in Europe Measure and other changes to allow the Church Commissioners to make further grants to the diocese for ministry and mission including the possibility of appointing four full time Archdeacons.

Since Dr Rowan Williams has already announced his retirement it has been agreed that a precise retirement date for Bishop Geoffrey can be agreed, once Dr William’s successor is in post.

The legislative changes will be reported at next month’s Diocesan Synod and it is hoped that they will be debated again at General Synod in York during July.