As a diocese, we give thanks to God for our retired clergy who over the years have given faithful service in parish life or chaplaincy.
Many continue to serve in their retirement after seeking Permission to Officiate (PTO) from the Bishop, and support their licensed colleagues in different ways or have a wider ministry within the diocese. Others choose to use their time and gifts in ways that don’t need PTO.
There are over 150 retired clergy within the diocese.
Each of the three Archdeaconries has a Clergy Retirement Advisor appointed by the Bishop who can offer a degree of assistance and guidance to clergy during retirement, recognising that the needs, concerns and aspirations of each clergyperson are different, so that some will welcome assistance whilst others will prefer to manage their own affairs more independently.
In addition, the Lead Clergy Retirement Advisor, who is a member of the Mission and Ministry Development Team, is available to help clergy prepare for retirement.
Regular seminars and residentials are held to give clergy (and their spouses) information and support.