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Synod: Farewells

18 July 2014

THE Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, paid tribute to the Bishop of Burnley, the Rt Revd John Goddard, who is retiring this month. Bishop Goddard had the "rare honour" of being ordained minister, deacon, priest, bishop, canon, and canon emeritus, Dr Sentamu said. "One of his endearing characteristics was his passion for DIY - there was nothing he wouldn't turn his hand to."

Bishop Goddard had always had a passion for the poor, and lived out the "social implications of the gospel", Dr Sentamu said.

With a vintage Morris Minor and a canal boat to tinker with, he was sure to be kept busy in retirement, Dr Sentamu said.

The Archbishop of Canterbury bade farewell to the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd John Pritchard. The Archbishop joked that it was "very seldom that 22 years after someone was one's supervisor that one has the opportunity for an extended period of reflection ON their ministry". He suggested that one of the "mafias" in the Synod comprised those who were taught by Bishop Pritchard.

He said: "John has been distinguished not only with remarkable work in education, but also in his demonstration that the core of a bishop's ministry is within his diocese. He will be greatly missed."

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