The new Bishop of Norwich will be the Rt Rev Graham Usher, currently Bishop of Dudley, Downing Street announced today, as he was unveiled to the public outside the Forum in Norwich city centre.
The appointment has been welcomed by Bishop Alan, who said: “I am pleased to learn of the appointment of a new bishop for the Anglican Diocese of Norwich. I would like to assure Bishop Graham of my prayers and good wishes and those of the people of the Catholic Diocese of East Anglia as he prepares to take up his new ministry.
“I look forward to working with Bishop Graham as we work and pray for the unity of the Church and for the common good.”
On his appointment, Bishop Graham said: “It’s a great honour and somewhat daunting to be nominated as Bishop of Norwich. I’m excited to have been called to serve among the people of Norfolk and Waveney as together we seek to live out Jesus Christ’s call to love God and our neighbours.
“A theme of God’s calling in my life is that each new chapter has been to a new and unexpected place. The Diocese of Norwich is equally a new and unexpected place for me, and what a wonderful privilege it is to be called to serve here.
“I see the role of a bishop as encouraging others to live out their faith in Jesus Christ with a generosity of spirit and compassion, bringing people together to serve their neighbours in partnership with others.”
Pictured above is Bishop Graham Usher outside the Forum in Norwich. Picture courtesy of www.networknorfolk.co.uk