Diocese names new bishop for St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

The Reverend Canon Martin Seeley is the new bishop for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich ANL-141120-112249001
The Reverend Canon Martin Seeley is the new bishop for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich ANL-141120-112249001

The new bishop for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich is the Rev Canon Martin Seeley.

Canon Seeley will be the 11th bishop of the diocese and is currently principal at one of the Church of England’s leading theological colleges, Westcott House, Cambridge.

He served for 10 years as the vicar of the Isle of Dogs in East London, a post the eighth bishop, the Right Rev John Dennis also held.

Canon Seeley, 60, will take up his new role after Easter next year.

He is married to Jutta Brueck, priest-in-charge of St James, in Cambridge and they have two children Anna, 14, and Luke, 11.

He arrived in Suffolk with his wife on St Edmund’s Day, the day of the announcement, to visit Stowmarket’s first Church of England primary school, Trinity CEVAP School.

Canon Seeley, whose interests include cooking and learning to play the tenor saxophone, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be coming to Suffolk.

“I preached my first sermon in Haverhill 40 years ago.

“I see one of my first tasks being listening and learning about the circumstances and needs of people across the county.”