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Bishop of Liverpool to step down in August: The Church of England Newspaper, January 28, 2013 February 1, 2013

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The Queen has accepted the resignation of the Bishop of Liverpool. In a 28 Jan 2013 letter to his diocese, Bishop James Jones reported that he will retire from office on his 65th birthday this coming August.

While he was sad to leave the diocese after 15 years of service as bishop, it was with a “prayerful sense of rightness” that he step down Bishop Jones wrote.

“Throughout my time in Liverpool I have found the willingness of the parishes in the Diocese to rethink and to reshape our common life for the service of others has been inspiring. Our Diocese is growing and there is still huge opportunity locally to make a difference to our communities with the Gospel of Christ.”

“It has been a privilege as Bishop to serve the wider community not least in chairing the Hillsborough Independent Panel. The Diocese has recognised the rightness of me doing this which has given me great strength. The way the families and survivors have received the Panel’s report and the way truth is now opening up the path to justice affirms the worth of the Panel’s work,” the bishop wrote.

The Bishop of Warrington, the Rt. Rev. Richard Blackburn, will lead the diocese pending the appointment of a new bishop, he said. Bishop Blackburn stated the diocese had been “enormously blessed by his gifts and energy. I shall miss him as a wise colleague and a true Father in God”

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Liverpool Patrick Kelly praised Bishop Jones’ ecumenical and pastoral work. “James was for me a Father in God, priest through, with and in Our Lord, and a bearer of the consolation who is the Holy Spirit,” the archbishop wrote following the announcement.

Bishop Jones will move to Yorkshire in his retirement, but will remain as adviser to the Home Secretary on Hillsborough, continue to write and broadcast and will be involved in a number of other national projects, the diocesan announcement said.

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