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Bishop stands down after 40 years
The Right Reverend Bishop Saunders Davies
The Rt Rev Davies was enthroned as Bishop in 2000
The Bishop of Bangor has announced his retirement after serving the ministry for 40 years.

The Right Reverend Saunders Davies will leave his post in Bangor in February 2004.

Bishop Davies, intends to retire to Cardigan with his wife and spend more time with his family.

He was ordained at Llandaff Cathedral in 1963 and has held posts all over Wales.

Born in 1937 in the Gwaun Valley, near Fishguard, he began his ministry as assistant curate in the parish of Holyhead, on Anglesey.

From there he worked in places such as Llanllyfni, Bangor, Swansea and Cardiff.

As long as I live, the well being of the diocese of Bangor will be in my prayers
Bishop Davies

In 1993 he was appointed Archdeacon of Meirionnydd and Rector of Criccieth with Treflys, and he held this post until his consecration and enthronement as Bishop of Bangor in January 2000.

"When I began my ordained ministry, it was my sincere hope that I would have the good health to be able to serve as a minister for 40 years, and I thank God that I have been able to do so," said Bishop Davies.

"Following my retirement, I hope that I shall still have the opportunity to preach from time to time.

"It has been a joy to share with so many colleagues in the ordained ministry throughout the years.

Election date

"I shall always cherish the warmth of that friendship.

"It was a privilege to be elected in 1999 to serve as Bishop of Bangor and I have appreciated the prayers of the clergy and laity and their partnership in mission and ministry has been invaluable.

"As long as I live, the well being of the diocese of Bangor will be in my prayers.

"I am looking forward very much to sharing my retirement with my dear wife of 40 years, Cynthia, and to seeing more of my children and grandchildren."

The likely date for the electoral college to elect a successor to Bishop Davies is March 2004.

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