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Ten years as a monk: Meet the new Bishop of Exeter

The Right Reverend Robert Atwell, Bishop-Elect of Exeter. Photo: ITV News

The Queen has appointed Robert Atwell, currently Bishop of Stockport, as the new Bishop of Exeter. Here are a few key facts about him:

  • Aged 59
  • Born and raised in Ilford, Essex
  • Educated at Durham and Cambridge universities
  • Unmarried
  • Spent ten years as a Benedictine monk at Burford Priory, Oxfordshire
  • Currently Bishop of Stockport
  • Will have responsibility for Devon's 500 parishes
  • To be installed at Exeter Cathedral in July 2014
Benedictine monks at prayer. Credit: PA

The picture-postcard image of Devon is only half the story. There are many communities that our facing considerable hardship, whether that's through long-term unemployment or through poverty or, most recently, as a result of the devastating flooding.

– Rt Revd Robert Atwell, Bishop-Elect of Exeter, talking to ITV News