The Retired Clergy and Widow's Committee exists to support all the retired clergy personnel including spouses (male and female plus sons and daughters). Each Deanery within the Diocese of Norwich has a Bishop’s representative who is either a Rural Dean, retired clergy or a widow themselves, who care for the above along with their respective incumbents.
The Deanery Representatives help the retired folk with advice over grants and which suitable charity can be approached to meet their particular need, residential and respite care, budgeting and general pastoral care. The Bishop’s staff are very supportive in all this work.
Every two years Bishop Graham hosts a Eucharist in the Cathedral followed by a luncheon in his garden as a “thank you” and appreciation for all the work the retired folk still do in the Diocese, assisting the stipendiary priests in many of the parishes week by week, and taking services during interregnums. On the alternative year the Bishop hosts a spiritual / relaxing / ministerial development day to stimulate and enhance active minds.