Bishop Peter announces Retirement

Bishop Peter announces Retirement

Due to Covid restrictions and Bishop Peter’s treatment, the farewell service will be held online on Saturday 22 May at 3pm via the diocesan website and Facebook page. The service begins at 3pm and will be followed at 3.50pm by a celebratory Zoom tea, which will also be streamed via the same sites.

Those watching the service online will see the symbolic moment when Bishop Peter leaves his crozier – the shepherd’s crook that signifies his role as leader of his flock. From that moment, he is no longer Bishop of Bath and Wells.

Bishop Peter has, today, announced his decision to retire early on medical grounds. Further details of his actual date of retirement will emerge shortly and will be advised when known.

The Dean of Wells, the Very Revd Dr John Davies said:

‘Wells Cathedral, its Chapter and wider community, are deeply saddened to hear of Bishop Peter’s retirement later this year. We hold him in high regard and will miss him very much. However,  we know that Bishop Peter and Jane have great plans for retirement, so there is much  for them to look forward to. Both Peter and Jane remain in our thoughts and prayers.’


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Gracious and loving God,
We give thanks for the ministry of Bishop Peter in this our Diocese of Bath
and Wells: for his wise leadership, for his gentle pastoral care for all those
entrusted to his charge, for his integrity and his faithfulness, and for all that
he has given to so many over the past seven years.
You have brought him through these challenging months of sickness and
treatment, and we give thanks for strength recovered and for hope
As we learn with deep sadness that he must lay aside his duties as our
Bishop, we pray for your blessing on him and Jane as they look to the future:
enfold them in your love, fill them with your peace, and give them the
strength they need to move through this time of transition and letting go.
Give them the assurance that you will always hold them fast, that this time
of loss may, through your grace, become a discovery of knowing you more
deeply, serving you in new ways, and delighting in the life of their family.
And we pray for our Diocese at this time, especially for Bishop Ruth, that
you will give us patience and discernment as we seek the way forward,
vision for the future, unity to support one another in uncertain times, and
trust in your loving purposes for us all.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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