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The Bishop of Truro will also be leaving us

The Bishop of Truro will also be leaving us

The Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen will be leaving his post as the Bishop of Truro this autumn to become the new Bishop of Winchester.

Bishop Philip says: “I had expected that being Bishop of Truro would be my last post before retirement, but it seems that God has other plans. After a lengthy and careful process, the people responsible, both locally and nationally, for the appointment in Winchester have concluded that there is a ‘Philip-shaped’ job to be done in their diocese and, after much prayer, I have accepted their invitation to be their next Bishop.

“Of course, there is never a perfect time to leave anywhere. We are still in a significant process of change in this diocese. But that change is happening on increasingly firm foundations.

“Over the last few years, we have weathered the storm of the pandemic – and the service so many of our churches gave to their communities was outstanding. We have an inspiring diocesan vision in ‘The Saints’ Way’. We have shared in developing a local vision for fruitful and sustainable parishes through the hard but important work of ‘On the Way’. We have grown deeper together in prayer in the process. We have a diocesan plan for change and renewal in place to support the Deanery Plans; to engage better with children and young people and those on the margins; to better equip our clergy for ministry in a changing world – and with plans too to keep the MMF call at a manageable level and to maintain stipendiary clergy numbers. Furthermore, the announcement of a new Dean of Truro will shortly be made, to lead our cathedral into a fruitful future."

See Bishop Philip's speech in full: trurodiocese.org.uk/2023/07/bishop-philip-to-leave-diocese/ 

and see 'Bishop Hugh looks to the future': trurodiocese.org.uk/2023/07/bishop-hugh-looks-to-the-future/