Bishop of Monmouth to step down
12:38pm Monday 22nd October 2012 in News
THE Bishop of Monmouth, Rt Revd Dominic Walker OGS, has announced that he will retire at the end of June next year, soon after his 65th birthday.
Addressing the Diocesan Conference on Saturday 20th October he said: "I hope that by giving such notice it will be possible to give plenty of time for prayerful preparation for the process to elect my successor.
After talking about the plans for the future, Bishop Dominic told the Conference: "I believe that there are exciting and challenging times ahead.
"After much thought and prayer I have decided that you need a new and younger bishop to provide the leadership and energy that will be needed to bring about the changes."
The process for electing a new bishop will start in the New Year when the Archbishop of Wales will appoint a facilitator to help diocesan representatives draw up a profile of the diocese.
It is expected that the election will take place in July 2013 and the new bishop will be consecrated in Llandaff Cathedral on 21 September 2013 and installed in Newport Cathedral on 18th October 2013.