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New Bishop of Ebbsfleet appointed

09 August 2013

LAMBETH PALACE

THE new Bishop of Ebbsfleet is to be Canon Jonathan Goodall, the Archbishop of Canterbury's Ecumenical Secretary, it was announced last Friday.

Canon Goodall, who is 52, succeeds the Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, who was translated to the see of Fulham last year (News, 2 November). Ebbsfleet is one of two Canterbury suffragan sees for Provincial Episcopal Visitors (PEVs), who provide oversight to traditionalists in the Southern Province, in line with the 1993 Act of Synod. The other is the see of Richborough.

The sees of Ebbsfleet and Richborough were left vacant in 2011 when their respective bishops, Mgr Andrew Burnham and Mgr Keith Newton, seceded to the RC Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The then Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Williams, said at the time that the "pastoral need" of traditionalists was "not going to go away". ( News, 13 May 2011)

Canon Goodall said last Friday: "I am delighted, as I'm sure many will be, that Archbishop Justin is demonstrating his love and care and commitment to our whole Church by bringing the number of Provincial Episcopal Visitors up to full strength.

"Although it's a time of upheaval and uncertainty, I'm eager to be with the parishes who belong to the See of Ebbsfleet and to serve as them as bishop, which has to mean giving my life for them. But not only for them: as Bishop, I promise to give my life to the Church of God as a whole, and to build up the faith, trust, and mutual respect that will bring our witness to life."

Next Bishop of Tewkesbury. The Archdeacon of Sheffield and Rotherham, the Ven. Martyn Snow, has been appointed Bishop of Tewkesbury, in Gloucester diocese, it was announced last Friday. Archdeacon Snow, who is 45, will succeed the Rt Revd John Went, who retired in April.

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