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Episcopal Team completed in Southwark Diocese

21 Mar 2012

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr Rowan Williams, was joined by the College of Bishops to ordain two new Bishops for the Diocese of Southwark in Southwark Cathedral on Wednesday 21 March 2012. They were the Venerable Dr Michael Ipgrave, Archdeacon of Southwark, and the Revd Jonathan Clark, Rector of St Mary, Stoke Newington in the Diocese of London.  

In his sermon, the Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark, said that the Gospel (John 10.11-15) 'fits the occasion like a glove'. The new Bishops should take this model of ministry to themselves into the modern and demanding places of great diversity which they would serve.  

The Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, the new Bishop of Woolwich, will tour the Woolwich Episcopal Area tomorrow, Thursday 22 March, and full details of his journey are attached.  

The Rt Revd Jonathan Clark, the new Bishop of Croydon, will begin work on Thursday 17 May and will tour the Croydon Episcopal Area on Monday 21 May.  

The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, said, 'I am delighted to welcome Bishop Michael and Bishop Jonathan to the Episcopal team in Southwark and look forward to working with them as we seek to minister, with the Bishop of Kingston, the Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, to the people of the Diocese sharing with them the Faith, Hope, Love which we find in Christ Jesus.