THE Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Reverend Michael Perham, has today announced that he will retire in November.
Bishop Michael will have served in the diocese for over 10 years and is retiring 38 years after his ordination as a deacon in Canterbury Cathedral.
Bishop Michael said: "By the time I retire in November I shall have completed more than 10 years as Bishop of Gloucester. For me these have been happy, stimulating and fruitful years, full of blessing. To serve the people of Gloucestershire, both the churches and the wider communities, has been a huge privilege.
"I have had a wonderful team of colleagues, a talented college of clergy and legions of committed lay people helping to take forward the Church’s mission. To be a teacher, pastor, worship leader and sign of unity among them has been wonderful. I shall miss it all when it comes to an end in nine months’ time."
Bishop Michael will continue to have a full diary until his retirement, with three special occasions taking place in his last year.
The first, in April, will be a visit to Compton Abdale parish church, meaning he will have visited and lead worship in all 355 parish churches in the diocese.
The second will be a celebration of his 10 year anniversary as Bishop of Gloucester in May and then the third, a seven day pilgrimage in June. This will be his last pilgrimage, which starts in Cirencester and finishes at Gloucester Cathedral, once completed he will have walked through every parish boundary of the diocese. Over the last six years, his pilgrimages have covered 438 miles and visited 173 churches.
A special service will take place to celebrate Bishop Michael’s time as Bishop of Gloucester and to wish him and his family farewell on 8 November.