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Irish bishop to Carlisle vicarage: The Church of England Newspaper, Nov 27, 2010 p 6. December 2, 2010

Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Church of Ireland.

Bishop Richard Henderson

First published in The Church of England Newspaper.

The Church of Ireland’s Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry has written to his diocese announcing that he will be stepping down from office in January after 12 years to serve as vicar of Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria, leader of the Heart of Eden Team Ministry and Honorary Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Carlisle.

In his pastoral letter of Nov 21, Dr. Richard Henderson thanked the clergy and laity of his West of Ireland diocese, writing: “It has been an immense privilege to be among you all.”

“Having been Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry for over twelve years, with our children now grown up, and having reflected deeply on the gifts I can best offer, I have felt led increasingly to return to parish life and substantially to non-episcopal ministry,” the bishop said.

The bishop noted that he had “deep roots” in Cumbria and had been baptised in Brough Parish Church.  Reared in England and educated at Oxford University, Dr. Henderson took up a pastoral cure in Ireland in 1989 and was elected bishop of the rural northwestern Irish diocese in 1998.

“My time within the various facets of the life of the Church of Ireland has been rich and rewarding on many levels, so this is not a move made lightly, but equally I move forward with faith to a new chapter in ministry within the team in the Heart of Eden,” the bishop said.

The Archbishop of Armagh, Dr. Alan Harper stated the departure of Dr. Henderson for England “will be a very considerable loss to the Church of Ireland.”

“His scientific training, linked to a formidable intellect and deeply devotional engagement with Holy Scripture made him a most persuasive teacher of the faith. Furthermore, his quiet, thoughtful and deeply attractive spirituality saw him much in demand as a giver of retreats. In a part of Ireland where the Church of Ireland community is but a tiny minority Bishop Richard fostered and nourished warm and positive relationships across the whole community to the great benefit of all,” Dr. Harper said.

The bishop will take up his new post in March 2011.


1. Geraldine Vearonelly - February 21, 2011

As the niece of a former Canon of Tuam Diocese I know that Bishop Henderson will be sadly missed in the west of Ireland by both his clergy and parishioners.I so appreciated his kindness to my uncle in his final days and hope that he and his family will be very happy with his new appointment.Englands gain is certainly Irelands loss but unfortunately I live in Scotland!

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