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New Bishop of Ely announced

The new Bishop of Ely will be the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, currently the Suffragan Bishop of Ramsbury in the Diocese of Salisbury where he has been serving since his consecration in June 2006.

The Bishop of Huntingdon, Dr David Thomson, made the announcement this morning and introduced Bishop Stephen to the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Hugh Duberly, and other civic dignitaries, the Dean and Chapter of Ely Cathedral and other senior clergy, and members of the Diocesan Office staff.

Bishop Stephen (52) will become the 69th Bishop of Ely.  He will be officially installed and take up office early next year on a date yet to be decided.  He succeeds Bishop Anthony Russell, who retired in February 2010.

"I am thrilled at the prospect of serving as Bishop of Ely," said Bishop Stephen.  "It is a joyful prospect to serve among all God's people in the region, to discover together what God is doing and to join in."

"I am delighted Bishop Stephen is to be our new diocesan," said Bishop David Thomson.  "We were both Archdeacons in the Northern Province a few years ago and it will be very good to be able to work more closely with him now in the Diocese of Ely."

Bishop Stephen continues his visit today touring the Diocese.  He is meeting parishioners at Hampton Vale who are planning to build a new church, a local farmer in Ramsey, staff at a Church School and a hi-tech business in Cambridge, and also members of the University of Cambridge.  At the end of his tour he is attending Evensong at the Cathedral.

More details here.