Bishop’s 12-month mission in Southwell & Nottingham
He takes over the role from the Bishop of Sherwood, the Rt Revd Tony Porter, who has been in ill health.
Bishop Tony will continue his work as suffragan as he continues to recover. He took on the role of acting Diocesan Bishop when Bishop Paul Butler moved to Durham early this year.
The news was announced in a letter to the diocese from the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu. In it he said: “You will be aware that recently Bishop Tony has been suffering ill-health and we praise God for recent improvements.
“Following discussions between us we have decided that it would be wise for him to relinquish his role as acting Diocesan Bishop and continue with all the work he undertakes as suffragan, particularly with regards to Seed Scattering.
“I have therefore asked Bishop Richard Inwood to become acting Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham for 12 months, or until the confirmation of election of the new Diocesan Bishop, whichever is the earlier. I am pleased that Bishop Richard has agreed to do this and he will take on the role immediately.
Photo: Receptionist Sarah Hall welcomes Bishop Richard to Jubilee House
“Bishop Richard retired from being Bishop of Bedford in March 2012 and since then he has been an assistant bishop in Southwell and Nottingham.
“A communication will come from the diocese with regards to the practical details following Bishop Richard’s appointment.
“Bishop Tony and Lucille [his wife] are profoundly grateful for the wonderful prayer support from within and beyond the diocese, and ask for continued prayer during this time of gentle recovery.
“We give thanks to God for his provision and his healing, and I pray that all the saints of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham will continue in their faithful service and witness during this time.”
Bishop Richard retired in 2012 after serving as Bishop of Bedford for nine years. He has since been an Honorary Assistant Bishop in both Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. He and Liz have three married daughters and seven grandchildren.
He said: ‘It’s a privilege to be invited to undertake this role until a new Bishop is appointed. It will be a pleasure to be able to assist Bishop Tony, so that his ministry across the Diocese can continue to flourish unhampered. I look forward to getting to know the people and parishes here – as much as will be possible in a retirement ministry. I pray that God will continue to bless the mission and ministry of the church here as he clearly has in the past.”