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Hundreds turn out to say farewells to Bishop of Hereford Anthony Priddis
MORE than 800 people gathered in Hereford Cathedral to say farewell to Bishop Anthony Priddis after nine-and-a-half years as Bishop of Hereford.
Accompanied by his wife Kathy, Bishop Anthony received farewell speeches from the Bishop of Ludlow Alistair Magowan, Canon Rosemary Lording and the chairman of the House of Laity.
Louise Magowan spoke particularly of Kathy Priddis’ ministry of care and hospitality for so many in the diocese.
Bishop Anthony preached during the service and his theme was the importance of ‘becoming’ and how we make transitions, whether from work into retirement or from one stage of life to another.
The service was attended by the Lords Lieutenant and High Sheriffs of Herefordshire and Shropshire, as well as leaders of the civic communities from both counties. The large congregation included friends from parishes across the diocese as well as a contingent from Nuremberg – with which Hereford diocese is linked.
At the end of the service presentations were made which included a specially carved bird bath created by Simon Hudson, head stonemason at the cathedral, an apple tree for the couples’ new garden and a specially commissioned icon by Peter Murphy, featuring the ‘saints of Hereford’.
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