Bishop pays tribute to retiring Archbishop

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ST EDMUNDSBURY’s Bishop Nigel Stock today paid tribute to Archbishop Rowan Williams’ leadership of the Church of England.

His message came shortly after Archbishop Rowan he was taking up a new role as Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge from January 2013. He will be stepping down from the office of Archbishop of Canterbury at the end of December 2012.

The Rt Rev Nigel Stock, Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese and Suffolk’s most senior clergyman, said: “I have very much appreciated Archbishop Rowan’s leadership of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion over these last ten years.

“It has not been an easy time, with much controversy in both the Church and society. He has always approached his ministry with a profound integrity, which has been an inspiration.

“It is well known that he is exceptionally able intellectually, but he is also a person of deep prayerfulness. It is inevitable that he will be missed as Archbishop, but I am delighted that he will be going to Magdalene College, Cambridge where he will be able to make a significant contribution to the Church through his theological writings.”

Dr Williams was appointed the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002. He said this morning: “It has been an immense privilege to serve as Archbishop of Canterbury over the past decade, and moving on has not been an easy decision.

“I am abidingly grateful to all those friends and colleagues who have so generously supported Jane and myself in these years, and all the many diverse parishes and communities in the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion that have brought vision, hope and excitement to my own ministry.

The Crown Nominations Commission will consider in due course the selection of a successor.