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Bishop John is retiring

PUBLISHED: 17:20 16 December 2008 | UPDATED: 09:26 11 August 2010

THE ANGLICAN Bishop of Chelmsford has announced his retirement from the second largest diocese in the Church of England. The Rt Rev John Gladwin is stepping down from his post in August, 2009, after having led the Church of England in Essex and East Londo

THE ANGLICAN Bishop of Chelmsford has announced his retirement from the second largest diocese in the Church of England.

The Rt Rev John Gladwin is stepping down from his post in August, 2009, after having led the Church of England in Essex and East London for more than five years.

The diocese covers the county of Essex, and Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, and Waltham Forest.

The Bishop also recently retired from being chairman of development agency charity, Christian Aid.

He said: "I have really grown to love this great region, its wonderful people, and tremendous diversity.

"The five London boroughs add a tremendous richness to the mix to make Chelmsford a uniquely blessed diocese of the Church of England.

"There will be many opportunities for farewells, but there remains much to be done in the next nine months.

"We must face together the many different challenges in the world as the church seeks to proclaim the word of God into the many troubles which we are facing at this time."

He and his wife, Lydia will live in retirement in Hertfordshire.


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