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Bishop of Hereford announces retirement

todayJanuary 9, 2019 24

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The end of his public ministry shall be marked during a service inside Hereford Cathedral at 11am on 23rd November. He successor is yet to be decided.

Bishop Richard said: “I thank God daily for the privilege of being Bishop of Hereford.


“I love the people and the area, and I have wonderful colleagues. I shall be sad to leave the diocese, but that’s still nearly a year ahead!”

Bishop Richard moved in 2014 to the West Midlands from the North East of England, where he was formerly the suffragan bishop of Hull.


The Bishop of Ludlow Rt Revd Alistair Magowan said: “Bishop Richard has brought energy and vigour to leading the Diocese during his five years here in Hereford.

“It has been a privilege to be his colleague and I am grateful for the way he has allowed me to share with him in leadership.”

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The diocese said: “He sought to empower church members in their roles and responsibilities through the development of lay ministry, local ministry development groups and greater community partnerships through the creative use of church buildings.”

Bishop Richard, who has four children and four stepchildren, is also a longstanding trustee of the Mission to Seafarers.

He describes himself as a fan of theatre and sport – particularly cricket.

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Written by: Miriam Emenike

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