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Bishop of Horsham to become Principal of the College of the Resurrection

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Bishop of Horsham to be Principal of the College of the Resurrection

The Bishop of Horsham, The Right Reverend Mark Sowerby, has been appointed as the new Principal of the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield.

Bishop Sowerby, who has been a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Chichester since 2009, will be returning as Principal to the College where he was a student…

And from the College

Former Student Returns as Principal

Bishop Mark Sowerby is to be the next Principal of the College of the Resurrection in succession to Fr Peter Allan CR, who will retire at the end of the academic year. With his wife, Ruth, he will move to Mirfield from the Diocese of Chichester, where he has been Bishop of Horsham since 2009.

Bishop Mark, who has three adult daughters, is no stranger to the north nor, indeed, to Mirfield. Born in Ripon, he trained for ordination at the College of the Resurrection, served his first curacy in Knaresborough, and after several years in the Blackburn Diocese, spent eight years at St Wilfrid’s, Harrogate. From 1997-2001, Bishop Mark served as the Church of England’s Vocations Officer and as a Selection Secretary for the Ministry Division. More recently he has chaired the national Safeguarding Training Working Group…

Christian Today reports the news: Mark Sowerby to become principal of the College of the Resurrection after 10 years as Bishop of Horsham.

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I do hope one day Bishop Mark will be able to explain his role in the patently absurd act of unholy moral stupidity by the Church of England on October 22 2015:

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding/safeguarding-news-and-statements/statement-rt-revd-george-bell-1883-1958 [Scroll to end: “The Rt Revd Mark Sowerby, Bishop of Horsham in the Diocese of Chichester, is available for interview today…”]

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Michael Mulhern

I am hearing that several suffragans, who were appointed by the Diocesan’s predecessor, are coming under pressure to ‘move along’ – especially if they are not wholly signed-up to the new dispensation; and stand no chance of becoming a diocesan themselves. On any analysis, Bishop Sowerby is hardly a beacon of the quasi-atheist managerialism that underscores the Welby agenda. I also wonder if his decision to ‘convert’ from a traditionalist stance after ‘a period of sustained theological reflection’ (and after not getting Blackburn) has left him somewhat adrift. On the other hand, being Principal of Mirfield may allow him to… Read more »

Marian Birch
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Marian Birch

Graham Kings did not move to the ACC. His appointment for a couple of years as ‘Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion’ was made without any consultation with the ACC/ACO, nor was it structurally part of ACC/ACO – and was in some ways it was quite unhelpful to the work of the ACC. I believe it came about as a result of a discussion between Graham Kings and the Archbishop of Canterbury. That is simply a point of information. I would actually agree with most of the previous comment.