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Bishop of Maidstone becomes an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese

Tuesday 26 April 2016
The Rt Revd Rod Thomas is to become an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Norwich.

On Thursday 21 April the Bishop of Maidstone, the Rt Revd Rod Thomas, came and joined Bishop Graham and colleagues at the Bishop's Staff Meeting that day prior to meeting a range of clergy and lay people at Prior's Hall later that afternoon.

Bishop Rod has been appointed by the Archbishops to offer extended pastoral and sacramental care to parishes and clergy who have a complementarian understanding of the ordained ministry.  At the meeting on 21 April Bishop Graham reminded those who had gathered of the five guiding principles in the House of Bishops' Declaration on the ministry of bishops and priests made in May 2014.  Those principles guide our life together and ensure the mutual flourishing of different traditions within our Church.  In that spirit Bishop Graham has appointed Bishop Rod as an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese so that he is part of the diocesan family and given appropriate authority to minister here.

We pray God's blessing on Bishop Rod's ministry.