THE BISHOP of Portsmouth, Dr Kenneth Stevenson, is to make his first public appearance this Sunday since undergoing a bone-marrow transplant to treat his leukaemia last December.
Dr Stevenson said this week that ten years ago he would have died from the disease. He would not be “a leukaemia bore”, he said, but his experience would now colour everything he did.
He will lead an ecumenical service in Portsmouth Cathedral, emphasising Christian Aid Week, and will thank people for their support during his illness. He hopes to start visiting parishes next month to thank people for their prayers.
Dr Stevenson said that he still had to be careful about picking up infections, and is not allowed to shake hands after services; nor can he use public transport or visit air-conditioned premises.
Since he was diagnosed with leukaemia in September 2005, Dr Stevenson has written two books: Rooted In Detachment: Living the Transfiguration (DLT), and Watching and Waiting: The riddle of Advent (Canterbury Press).
The Bishop said: “I’ve been living on the fringes of Christianity for much of the past couple of years; so I feel as though I’ve been looking at the Church from outside. I may therefore need convincing that some things that others think are important are actually as important as all that.”