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Bishop Peter announces his retirement as Bishop of Barking

26th Mar 2021

The Rt Revd Peter Hill has this morning announced his retirement as Bishop of Barking to church leaders across Chelmsford Diocese. Bishop Peter said:

“Now that Bishop Guli has been confirmed as Bishop of Chelmsford, the time has come for me to announce my retirement as Bishop of Barking.

"I will officially retire on 4 August 2021, the date my current extended licence to serve lapses. I have decided to take some overdue study leave which will start in May and which means that my public ministry will end slightly earlier than I’d originally planned. I will officiate at the ordination services for new priests in the Barking Episcopal Area at the end of June, which, as always, will be a real privilege. Ellen and I will move to Newark in Nottinghamshire, near our children and grandchildren.

"It will be tough to leave an Area, a Diocese and so many people we have grown to love and appreciate, especially at such a demanding and exciting time for the Gospel. After saying our goodbyes we look forward to what the Lord has ahead for us in the East Midlands, as we return to another diocese we love and which formed us in ministry.  It was a real Godly surprise and privilege to be called to East London and Essex and it has been a great discipleship adventure. The Barking Episcopal Area and the Diocese of Chelmsford will always be in my heart and prayers.”


Responding to Bishop Peter’s announcement, the Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani, the newly confirmed Bishop of Chelmsford said:

“As you know, Bishop Peter had originally intended to retire last year but agreed to stay in post and become Acting Diocesan Bishop during the Vacancy in See. I know I speak for all of us in expressing our deep gratitude to Peter for postponing his retirement and for his leadership over the last twelve months. I am also personally grateful for his wise counsel and the warm welcome he has given to me since my appointment was announced in December.

"There will of course be an opportunity in the coming weeks for us to say thank you and farewell to Peter and Ellen and to wish them well for their retirement. Peter’s retirement service will take place in Chelmsford Cathedral on 4 July and we will be in touch with further details soon.”