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Bishop of Reading to retire next year

Bishop Andrew's last official engagement will take place on Easter Sunday Photo: Diocese of Oxford

The Bishop of Reading, the Rt Revd Andrew Proud, has announced he will retire next year.

His last official engagement will take place on Easter Sunday.

The Rt Revd Andrew Proud has served as Bishop of Reading for eight years which he has described as being "happy and fruitful".

He added that it had been "such a joy" to ordain priests and confirm "so many".

A farewell service is planned for Wednesday 1 May in Reading Minster.

Credit: Diocese of Oxford

Before becoming Bishop of Reading in 2011, Bishop Andrew served as Chaplain of St Matthew's, Addis Ababa and was consecrated Bishop of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa in 2007.

The appointment of Bishop Andrew's successor will be announced later this year.

Credit: Diocese of Oxford

Bishop Andrew has brought a passion for the global Church which has been threaded through every aspect of his leadership.

"He has set humility, prayer, listening to scripture and the mission of God at the heart of his episcopal ministry.

"He has brought to the diocese a passion for the global Church, which has been threaded through every aspect of his leadership, and he has been a pastor and an encourager to many across the Berkshire area.

"Bishop Andrew and his wife, Janice, are known and held in great affection across Berkshire. Like many others, I will miss Andrew as a friend and colleague when he begins his retirement in May of next year."

– Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford