Bishop Stephen Venner retires as Bishop of Dover and Bishop in Canterbury after a decade in the job
The Bishop of Dover and Bishop in Canterbury, the Rt
Rev Dr Stephen Venner, will officially say farewell to the diocese
in a special service at Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday, after a
decade in the job.
He moves across the county to
Rochester with wife Judy, to focus his attentions full-time on his
new role as Bishop to the Forces, a post he has held since
July. He will also continue as Bishop to the Falkland
This week he spoke exclusively to
reporter Adam Williams about his time in the diocese and admitted
feeling mixed emotions.
He said: “It’s partly because
retirement is something I have never done before, but I’m told it
gets easier the more you do it!”
“As we approach the Holy Communion
Service this weekend, I’m not sure how it will go emotionally
and I have no idea how many people will be there or how I will be
“There are people I have loved
working with over a period of 10 years. I’ve given myself to them
and they’ve given themselves to me, so it’s not going to be easy
Listen: Bishop Stephen
talks to Adam Williams about his retirement
Dr Venner, 65, was appointed Bishop
of Dover in 1999, and has undertaken the duties of the diocesan
bishop on behalf of two Archbishops, first Archbishop George Carey
and then from 2003, Dr Williams.
Dr Venner believes working
alongside Dr Williams will be one of his abiding memories.
He said: “I’m very privileged to
work with and for the Archbishop, he really is the bishop of the
diocese and he asks me to lead it on his behalf.
"It would never work if we didn’t
get on well together and one of the joys has been working with
"The way he has trusted me and my
colleagues to get on with the job, but also his support, has been
"Each Archbishop has had their own
way of working for the church, at times when there have been
different agendas, but both of them have wanted to see the diocese
Read Bishop Stephen's
interview in full in this week's Kentish Gazette, out
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