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Bishop bids a fond farewell to the borough
12:00pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
THE outgoing Bishop of Dudley bid a fond farewell to churchgoers across the Worcester Diocese before leaving to become the 12th Bishop of Manchester.
Rt Rv David Walker, who has been Bishop of Dudley since 2000, said goodbye and thank you to people from across Worcestershire and Dudley at a service at Worcester Cathedral on Sunday October 13.
His farewell service took the form of Evensong at the cathedral after which the Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge, presented him with gifts from the diocese, including a specially made Cope and Mitre to wear in his new role.
He said of his departure: “Whilst I am excited about returning to my home city as Bishop, my wife Sue and I will also be sad to leave so many friends that we have made in the Diocese of Worcester.
"I'm grateful for the many opportunities that I have been given both to support the mission and ministry of the Church of England in Dudley and Worcestershire and to contribute to the life of our villages, towns and communities.”
Bishop John described Bishop David as "a person of great gifts, immense wisdom and deep personal holiness" and he added: “Although I shall be very sorry to lose a wonderful colleague from our diocese, I’m delighted that Bishop David has been appointed as Bishop of Manchester.
"The Diocese of Manchester is very fortunate, as is the wider church."
Bishop David was officially made the next Bishop of Manchester last week in York Minster at a service to confirm his election.
His formal enthronement service will take place in Manchester Cathedral on Saturday November 30.
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