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Next Bishop of Oxford appointed
Rt Rev John Pritchard
Right Reverend John Pritchard will become Bishop in summer, 2007
The next Bishop of Oxford has been appointed by Downing Street.

The Right Reverend John Pritchard, 58, the current Suffragan Bishop of Jarrow, and former Archdeacon of Canterbury, will begin his ministry next summer.

Bishop Pritchard replaces Richard Harries who retired in June after 19 years in office.

Rt Rev Pritchard, who was recommended to the Queen by the Prime Minister, will lead the Anglicans in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

He said: "Coming to the Diocese of Oxford is an unexpected honour and privilege. Through the years I have looked at the diocese from afar and much admired what I've seen.

"I shall give it everything I've got but will need to start with a great deal of listening and learning. Please be patient!"

Rt Rev Pritchard lists mission, evangelism and world development among his interests.




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