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Bishop of Monmouth to retire: The Church of England Newspaper, October 28, 2012 p 6. October 29, 2012

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The Rt Rev Dominic Walker OGS

The Bishop of Monmouth, the Rt. Rev. Dominic Walker OGS has announced that he will retire from office in June 2013 shortly after his 65th birthday.

In an address to his diocesan synod on 20 Oct 2012, Bishop Walker said that “after much thought and prayer I have decided that you need a new and younger bishop to provide the leadership and energy that will be needed to bring about the changes” necessary for the future growth of the church.

“I hope that by giving such notice it will be possible to give plenty of time for prayerful preparation for the process to elect my successor,” he said.

Bishop Walker was educated at King’s College London and Heythrop College, London and served his curacy at St Faith’s in Southwark.  He served as domestic chaplain to the Bishop of Southwark, rector of Newington St Mary, vicar of St Peter Brighton and was appointed Bishop of Reading in 1997.  In 2003 he was translated to Monmouth upon the appointment of Dr. Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury.

Dr. Barry Morgan, the Archbishop of Wales, will oversee the process of electing a new bishop in January, the bishop explained.  The election is expected to take place in July followed by his consecration in Llandaff Cathedral on 21 Sept 2013 and installation in Newport Cathedral on 18 Oct 2013.\

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

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