ELY CATHEDRAL: Longest Serving Church of England Bishop Is To Retire From Ely Cathedral
THE Rt Rev Dr Anthony Russell – Bishop of Ely Cathedral - has announced that he is to retire early next year. He is one of the longest-serving Bishops in the Church of England and was installed as the 68th Bishop of Ely in 2000 after serving as Area Bish
THE Rt Rev Dr Anthony Russell - Bishop of Ely Cathedral - has announced that he is to retire early next year.
He is one of the longest-serving Bishops in the Church of England and was installed as the 68th Bishop of Ely in 2000 after serving as Area Bishop of Dorchester for 12 years.
Bishop Anthony's ministry will continue publicly and fully until January 2010 when members of the Diocese will say farewell to him at a service in Ely Cathedral.
He has been a member of the House of Lords since 2008 and during his time at Ely he has taken a keen interest in rural affairs and in the farming community. He has been a well-known speaker and commentator on agricultural affairs in a wide range of capacities and was President of the RASE (Royal Agricultural Society of England) from 2004 until 2005.
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He has been closely involved in the life of the University of Cambridge and serves as the Visitor of St John's College, Jesus College and Peterhouse. He was Chaplain to HM the Queen from 1983 until 1988.
He told the Ely Standard: "It has been a privilege to serve the diocese for 10 years," said Bishop Anthony.
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"My wife and I have made many friends, and greatly enjoyed living in Ely. The diocese of Ely, with the Fens and Cambridge, is a lively and special diocese which this year celebrates its 900th anniversary."
The Dean of Ely, the Very Rev Michael Chandler said, "The Bishop of Ely's retirement means that the Diocese, including the cathedral, will lose a wise pastor whose quietly effective style of leadership has enabled us to get on with our mission confident that there is a steadfastness of purpose, and real Christian maturity, at the heart of all our activities.
"Having worked alongside Bishop Anthony for nearly six years, I have greatly appreciated his understanding of the cathedral and its ministry, and I know that many others also appreciate his wise counsel and guidance," he added.
The early announcement means moves to appoint a successor can start. The diocesan Vacancy in See Committee will draft a Statement of Needs, and a group from that Committee and the Crown Nominations Commission will work with the Archbishop of Canterbury to fill the post. It is hoped a new Bishop will be named later this year and take up his duties in 2010.