Bishop Michael retires
The Rt Revd Michael Langrish, Bishop of Exeter, has retired. He had served as Bishop of Exeter since 2000 and has been a priest for 40 years. He will be 67 this summer.
In a letter sent to all clergy in parishes across Devon, he said: “During the 13 years that I have had the privilege of serving as Bishop of Exeter I have grown to love this county and its people deeply.
“Although 2012 has been a challenging year, as have many others before it, I hope that I leave the Church of England in Devon in good heart. We have recently seen growth in the number of vocations to authorised ministry, positive indications in terms of the numbers of those who worship with us and cause for optimism in the financial contributions we receive. For all of these, I am enormously grateful for your support and the depth of your commitment to growing God’s Kingdom.”
What happens now? (Updated 5 July)
The process for appointing a new diocesan bishop is already underway. Six people from the diocesan Vacancy in See committee have been elected to join the Crown Nominations Committee, on which both archbishops sit. The panel will come up with the recommended name which will go forward to 10 Downing Street for approval. It is hoped the name of Devon’s next bishop will be revealed by the end of the year.
The Archbishop's Appointment Secretary and the Prime Minister's Appointment Secretary met with 150 people from businesses, public bodies and charities in a consultation process in June, which ended with a public meeting to allow everyone to feed in their thoughts on what sort of Bishop Devon needs.
The six diocesan representatives are (click on a name to send an email):
You can still have your say on what this Diocese needs, by sending an email . Emails can't be answered individually, but will all be passed on to the committee members.
Please hold all those involved in selecting our new bishop in your prayers. We pray also for Bishop Michael and Esther as they begin retirement.