The 78th Bishop of Bath & Wells, the Rt Revd Peter Price, is retiring from his position as head of the diocese.
A special farewell service is being held at Wells Cathedral this afternoon.
The bishop, who is now 69, has served in the role for nearly 11 years.
Bishop Peter has been a great leader of the staff team and personally a great encouragement to me.
I‘m especially grateful for his energy and his ideas and for his commitment to the cause of Christ.
Bishop Peter has maintained an unerring determination to keep in front of us the message of Jesus Christ in which lies the timeless call to reconciliation, justice and peace between all people and with their Creator, God.
Bishop Peter has energetically led this diocese by his passionate commitment to make the Christian gospel relevant and adventurous in our times.
His gifts as a brilliant teacher and communicator have been widely appreciated.
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