Bishop Graham announces retirement

25 May 2018
The Lord Bishop of Norwich, The Rt Revd Graham James, has announced his intention to retire later in the year. Bishop Graham will conclude his public ministry at a service at Norwich Cathedral on Sunday 25 November 2018.
A picture of Bishop Graham James
The Lord Bishop of Norwich, The Rt Revd Graham James, has announced his intention to retire later in 2018. Bishop Graham said:

"I intend to retire as Bishop of Norwich early next year, and will conclude my public ministry at a service in Norwich Cathedral on Sunday 25 November 2018, the final Sunday of the Christian year. I will use the following weeks to draw my involvement with many local organisations and charities to a close, and also to disengage from a number of national responsibilities.

"It's been a privilege and honour to serve as Bishop of Norwich for almost 19 years, and Julie and I will find it hard to leave. We are returning to Cornwall (to Truro) but the Diocese of Norwich and her people will always have a big place in our hearts. Thank you for all your support. Please pray for us as we prepare for this new chapter in our lives, as well as for those who will be responsible for the appointment of my successor.

"May God continue to bless you and this diocese."

The Dean of Norwich, The Very Reverend Jane Hedges, said:

"Bishop Graham’s departure from this diocese is going to leave an enormous gap in all of our lives.

"It has been a tremendous privilege as Dean to work alongside him for these past four years and to witness his ministry amongst such a wide range of people. All who have experienced his preaching and teaching will know that he is an outstandingly gifted speaker, his words always striking just the right note in both a profound and often amusing way.

"We must be one of the happiest staff teams in the Church of England in a diocese in which clergy and laity alike feel cherished and cared for, and this is all down to his strong and supportive leadership. 

"We feel particularly blessed at the Cathedral to have had a Bishop who joins us for Morning Prayer each day as well as for many major services throughout the year, who meets with us regularly, and who supports our work in many practical ways.

"On behalf of the whole Cathedral community, my colleagues and I wish him and Julie a very long and happy retirement."