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Bishop of Hereford Announces his Retirement

The Bishop of Hereford has announced he is to retire from his post later this year. Speaking at the end of the Diocesan Synod meeting on Saturday 2nd March, Bishop Anthony Priddis told delegates he would be leaving his post in September, by which time he will have been Hereford’s Bishop for nine and half years.
 
The Bishop said he and his wife, Kathy, had given careful consideration to the decision but felt this was an appropriate time to step down and to make the announcement. “In many ways I would be happy to stay,” the Bishop said, “but I think it’s a bit like a party, you should leave while you are still enjoying it. It has been a huge privilege to serve the people of the diocese, and to be able to do so with such excellent clergy, lay leaders and colleagues.”
 
The Bishop’s last day in office will be September 24th, the 41st anniversary of his ordination as Deacon and the day after the 40th anniversary of his becoming a Priest. A service of farewell is being planned for Hereford Cathedral on the afternoon of Saturday, 7th September, at 3.30pm.
 
Bishop Anthony has been a Bishop for 17 years, serving as the Suffragan Bishop of Warwick in the Coventry Diocese before moving to Hereford. “As I say to people, it’s been joyfully relentless,” he said. “We have been happier here than we have been anywhere.”
 
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