on Tuesday, 5 November 2019 at 9.03 am by Peter Owen
categorised as Church of England
The area bishop of Dorchester in the diocese of Oxford, the Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, has announced he will retire on 4 October 2020. Details are on the diocesan website.
The Church of England owes +Colin a huge debt of gratitude- not only did he ‘hold the fort’ of one of the largest diocese for one of the longest Vacancies, but did so without hardly any of the benefits of being a Diocesan.
He has been a firm and outspoken ally of the LGBT+ community, agreeing to write the Foreword to Journeys in Grace & Truth.
He will be sorely missed by many of us in the Oxford Diocese.
The Church of England can ill afford to lose such bishops.
I heartily concur with what Jayne has said – +Colin has been a wonderful pastoral Bishop who, despite his extraordinary workload, managed to always be present when needed. Wise, Godly with an entrepreneurial flair and a twinkle in his eye.
I wish Colin and Sarah all the best.