The Bishop of Bath and Wells to retire

Saturday 3rd November 2012

Caption:Bishop Peter will retire in June 2013

The Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Right Reverend Peter Price, today announced he is to retire. Speaking at the Diocesan Synod held in Wells Cathedral this morning, he told the congregation:

“In June of next year I will be into my 70th year and have proffered my resignation of the See of Bath and Wells as from June 30th 2013.”

“I have had the privilege of serving this diocese as its bishop for nearly 11 years. It has been among the most special periods of my life and I thank you for all that you have been and done in support of that ministry.”

Peter Price became Bishop of Bath and Wells in 2002 and a member of the House of Lords in 2008 where he takes particular interest in international aid and foreign affairs. For many years Bishop Peter has been active in issues of reconciliation, contributing to peace-making in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Zimbabwe.  In 2011 he was able to revisit friends in El Salvador, including one Bishop he was instrumental in saving from execution 20 years ago.

The Archdeacon of Taunton, the Venerable John Reed, who has worked alongside Bishop Peter since 2002, praised his ministry:

“Bishop Peter’s passion for the truths of Jesus Christ has been transparent to us all. Reconciliation, justice, peace and love are key words for the Bishop. It has been a privilege and joy to serve under his leadership. Peter and his wife Dee together have lived out their commitment to hospitality and the building-up of relationships and community through their ministry and life here in Somerset. I thank God for them and will miss them greatly.”

Bishop Peter and Dee have lived at the historic Bishop’s Palace in Wells since 2002 and have brought about changes in the way the public can access and engage with the Palace building and surrounding gardens. Peter Stickland, Executive Trustee of the Bishop’s Palace Trust, paid tribute to Bishop Peter and Dee:

“Peter and Dee have initiated some deep-seated changes to the Palace over the past ten years and it will never be the same again. Peter’s legacy to the Palace is a determination to provide a special place where people can come and be inspired; all he has done here sits alongside his achievements across a wide canvas of church and political life.”

The Bishop also used this morning’s address to add his support to the ordination of women “to all three offices in the Church”. He added: “It is my belief that appropriate provision can and will be made for those opposed to the ordination of women to the episcopate.” He sounded a stark warning of the potential damage to the Church if there is a failure to vote through the Measure when delegates meet for the General Synod in November.

Read the full transcript of the Bishop's Synod Address

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