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Bishop of Dorchester to retire

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.

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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.

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The Church of England can ill afford to lose such bishops.

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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.