Bishop of Chichester to retire

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The Bishop of Chichester, the Right Reverend Dr John Hind has announced he will be retiring at the end of April 2012, after 11 years.

Bishop John was the 102nd Bishop of Chichester and the Queen and the Archbishop of Chichester have accepted his resignation.

“It has been a delight and privilege to serve the Diocese of Chichester for more than a decade and I am very grateful to colleagues both lay and clergy, who work so faithfully for the Gospel and the good of Sussex,” he said. “Although I shall miss the parishes and people of the diocese very much, as I shall be nearly 67 I think the time is right for a new bishop to take over, and I am looking forward to an opportunity to continue to fulfil my ministry as a priest without the particular responsibilities of leading a diocese.”