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Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan to retire on his 70th birthday next week

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The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, will retire next week after nearly 14 years at the helm of the Church in Wales and 24 years as a Bishop.

Dr Morgan, who is the longest serving archbishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion and also one of the longest serving Bishops, will retire on his 70th birthday.

He will also retire as Bishop of Llandaff but will continue his work and engagements in both roles as normal until then.

It has been an enormous privilege to serve as Archbishop of Wales and Bishop of Llandaff and to do so during such a momentous era in Welsh life.

It’s been a rollercoaster ride but all along I have been sustained and inspired by the people I meet, day in day out.

– Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales
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I would like to thank all those who have supported, shared and upheld me in my ministry over the years, particularly since Hilary’s [his wife's] death – the loss of her love, encouragement and friendship has been enormously hard to bear.

Over the years I have seen Wales grow in self-confidence as a nation and I now have every hope that this will be nurtured and enriched with the continued support of the Church in Wales.

– Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales

During his tenure as Archbishop, Dr Morgan has championed many changes in the Church in Wales, including a change in its law to enable women to be ordained as bishops.

Earlier this month the Revd Canon Joanna Penberthy was consecrated as Bishop of St Davids in what was described as "an historic" day for the Church in Wales.

Watch: Wales' first woman Bishop consecrated at Llandaff Cathedral

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