"Retirement" beckons for the Bishop of Bath & Wells

Thursday 20th June 2013

The 78th Bishop of Bath & Wells, the Rt Revd Peter Price, is to retire from his position as head of the diocese. The occasion will be marked by a special farewell service held at Wells Cathedral on Saturday. The bishop, who is now 69, has served in the role for nearly 11 years. During his tenure as Bishop of Bath & Wells, he spent many years serving in the House of Lords where he took particular interest in international aid and foreign affairs.

Bishop Peter says: “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. I have met some wonderful people and shared many fond memories. However, all good things must come to an end. Saturday will mark a new phase in my life and the life of the diocese and I very much hope you can join me at Wells Cathedral for the service.”

The Archdeacon of Wells, the Venerable Nicola Sullivan quipped: "After 11 full and happy years Bishop Peter and his wife Dee will be moving to Dorset for retirement - although those of us who know them well doubt if the idea of ‘retirement’ is one for them!"

The service, which begins at 2pm, is open to all. TV screens in the cathedral will ensure everyone can see and hear. The service will be followed by a party on the Cathedral Green and will include music and entertainment for all ages.

Bishop Peter and his wife Dee are moving from the Bishop’s Palace in Wells to their own home in Dorset and look forward to finding time for grandchildren and all the other attractions of retirement.

In his final appearance in the House of Lords last week, Bishop Peter Price urged G8 leaders to seize a “rare opportunity” for hope in resolving differences on Syria. A few weeks earlier he argued against Government plans to try to lift an EU sanction on the supply of arms to Syria.

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.

Those who have known and worked with Bishop Peter have been keen to express messages of thanksgiving.

The Archdeacon of Bath, the Venerable Andy Piggott says: “Bishop Peter has been a great leader of the staff team and personally a great encouragement to me. I‘m especially grateful for his energy and his ideas and for his commitment to the cause of Christ.”

The Archdeacon of Taunton, the Venerable John Reed says Bishop Peter has maintained an, “unerring determination to keep in front of us the message of Jesus Christ in which lies the timeless call to reconciliation, justice and peace between all people and with their Creator, God.”

The Archdeacon of Wells, the Venerable Nicola Sullivan says: “Bishop Peter has energetically led this diocese by his passionate commitment to make the Christian gospel relevant and adventurous in our times.  His gifts as a brilliant teacher and communicator have been widely appreciated.”

On Twitter messages of support have been exchanged under the hashtag #farewellpeter.

The Bishop of Taunton, Rt Revd Peter Maurice, will lead the diocese until a successor is appointed. - See more at: http://www.bathandwells.org.uk/diocese/news/story/570/#sthash.DQr5hBQv.dpuf

The 78th Bishop of Bath & Wells, the Rt Revd Peter Price, is to retire from his position as head of the diocese. The occasion will be marked by a special farewell service held at Wells Cathedral on Saturday. The bishop, who is now 69, has served in the role for nearly 11 years. During his tenure as Bishop of Bath & Wells, he spent many years serving in the House of Lords where he took particular interest in international aid and foreign affairs.

Bishop Peter says: “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. I have met some wonderful people and shared many fond memories. However, all good things must come to an end. Saturday will mark a new phase in my life and the life of the diocese and I very much hope you can join me at Wells Cathedral for the service.”

The Archdeacon of Wells, the Venerable Nicola Sullivan quipped: "After 11 full and happy years Bishop Peter and his wife Dee will be moving to Dorset for retirement - although those of us who know them well doubt if the idea of ‘retirement’ is one for them!"

The service, which begins at 2pm, is open to all. TV screens in the cathedral will ensure everyone can see and hear. The service will be followed by a party on the Cathedral Green and will include music and entertainment for all ages.

Bishop Peter and his wife Dee are moving from the Bishop’s Palace in Wells to their own home in Dorset and look forward to finding time for grandchildren and all the other attractions of retirement.

In his final appearance in the House of Lords last week, Bishop Peter Price urged G8 leaders to seize a “rare opportunity” for hope in resolving differences on Syria. A few weeks earlier he argued against Government plans to try to lift an EU sanction on the supply of arms to Syria.

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.

Those who have known and worked with Bishop Peter have been keen to express messages of thanksgiving.

The Archdeacon of Bath, the Venerable Andy Piggott says: “Bishop Peter has been a great leader of the staff team and personally a great encouragement to me. I‘m especially grateful for his energy and his ideas and for his commitment to the cause of Christ.”

The Archdeacon of Taunton, the Venerable John Reed says Bishop Peter has maintained an, “unerring determination to keep in front of us the message of Jesus Christ in which lies the timeless call to reconciliation, justice and peace between all people and with their Creator, God.”

The Archdeacon of Wells, the Venerable Nicola Sullivan says: “Bishop Peter has energetically led this diocese by his passionate commitment to make the Christian gospel relevant and adventurous in our times.  His gifts as a brilliant teacher and communicator have been widely appreciated.”

On Twitter messages of support have been exchanged under the hashtag #farewellpeter.

The Bishop of Taunton, Rt Revd Peter Maurice, will lead the diocese until a successor is appointed.

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