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Archdeacon Jackie appointed as Bishop of Crediton

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Dear Friends

It has been announced today that the Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Jackie Searle, Archdeacon of Gloucester, as the suffragan Bishop of Crediton in the Diocese of Exeter. Whilst this news is bittersweet for the Diocese of Gloucester, it is wonderful news for the Diocese of Exeter and for the Church. I know that today will be one of much rejoicing.

Jackie is currently on a planned sabbatical until August, although she and David will be spending today in the Diocese of Exeter as she is formally announced and meets people there.

Jackie came to the Diocese in 2012 and over the past six years many people have appreciated and benefitted from her pastoral care, wisdom, practical advice and support, theological reflection and teaching, always rooted in her deep commitment to Jesus Christ. Thus, in our sadness at saying farewell there is much thanksgiving for Jackie and all she has enabled and supported.

Jackie's consecration will take place at Southwark Cathedral in London on September 27th and there will be more information in due course.

There will be a leaving service in Gloucester Cathedral on September 4th at 7pm when as a diocese we will be able to officially thank Jackie and bid her farewell.  All are welcome.

For now, I know you will want to join me in praying for Jackie and her husband David Runcorn in this time of transition. David will continue his ministry here in the Diocese of Gloucester until the end of the year.

This comes with my thanks and prayers for our life together as we continue to discover and share yet more of life in all its fullness as offered us in Jesus Christ.

Please visit the diocesan website to read statements from Archdeacon Jackie, the Dean and the Bishop of Exeter -

 


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