The Rt Revd Michael Langrish, Bishop of Exeter, announced today (Sunday 6 January) that he will retire this year.
Bishop Michael has served as Bishop of Exeter since 2000 and has been a priest for 40 years. His will be 67 this summer. His last service will be in Exeter Cathedral on 29 June.
In a letter sent to all clergy in parishes across Devon this morning, he said: “During the 13 years that I have had the privilege of serving as Bishop of Exeter I have grown to love this county and its people deeply.
“Although 2012 has been a challenging year, as have many others before it, I hope that I leave the Church of England in Devon in good heart. We have recently seen growth in the number of vocations to authorised ministry, positive indications in terms of the numbers of those who worship with us and cause for optimism in the financial contributions we receive. For all of these, I am enormously grateful for your support and the depth of your commitment to growing God’s Kingdom.”