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New Bishop Of Bedford

2nd of October 2002

John Richardsons successor is to be The Venerable Richard Inwood, since 1995 Archdeacon of Halifax, West Yorkshire. He is 56, married with three grown-up daughters and was ordained 28 years ago, serving in Sheffield, London, Bath and Yeovil. Before ordination he spent a year teaching in north-west Uganda and worked as a research and development chemist with ICI in Manchester. He says: ‘I hope, as Bishop, to be an interpreter, bringing a sense of God and his presence to places where there is little awareness of him. I would hope to open people’s eyes to what the church is really for and what Jesus Christ is offering them. I also want to offer support and care to the clergy, who are under increasing pressure today. He will be consecrated by the new Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Dr Rowan Williams, at Southwark Cathedral on 7 March 2003 and will move to Bedford early next year.

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