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New Bishops will be consecrated next Friday

The new Bishop of Barking, Peter Hill, and the new Bishop of Colchester, Roger Morris, will be ordained and consecrated at St Paul’s Cathedral next Friday, 25 July by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

Ahead of the service they have talked about their priorities for the start of their new ministry.

Peter Hill

"My first priority is to experience and understand something of the rich and diverse contexts and communities of East London and West Essex as rapidly as possible."

"I want to be out and about, both formally, guided by church leaders, and informally simply exploring on my own."

"In doing so I hope to be open to where God leads and to what he is calling his people to do as a transforming presence."

"Traditionally new bishops have a quiet retreat before their consecration, but in my case that has not been practicable. Instead I hope to retreat on the streets of the area during some of August to pray and see what comes....."

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Roger Morris

"I am really looking forward to meeting lots of people and to working with those that I've already met.

"The first task of a Bishop is to know their people and to be known by them and that's the bit that I am looking forward to the most."

"Everyone that I have met so far has been really welcoming and very friendly. Essex really does feel like a lot like home now."

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Welcoming Peter and Roger, Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford has said:

“Here in the Diocese of Chelmsford we are determined to reshape our life and ministry around God’s call to make disciples and to ensure that our people and churches are a transforming presence in every community where we serve."

“Peter and Roger come to us with great experience and wisdom in leading the church in mission. Look forward to working with them here and to welcoming them and their families to the diocese.”