THE Archbishop of Canterbury bade farewell on
behalf of the Synod to the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim
Stevens, on his retirement. "We speak of bishops being much
loved and respected, but in Tim's case in Leicester that is an
inadequate way to describe the affection in which he is held,"
Archbishop Welby said. Bishop Stevens's leadership was why the
diocese was growing. Bishop Stevens had played a key part in the
Lords as convener of the Lords Spiritual, steering safely through
"some intense and fairly controversial waters". Bishop Stevens's
daughter Rachel had died of cancer in January. Archbishop Welby
said that, when "we wish and pray for every blessing in the future
for Tim and [his wife] Wendy, perhaps we do with more heartfelt
fervour than normal".