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Bishop of Selby to Retire in November


7:20pm 1st May 2013

The Bishop of Selby, the Rt Revd Martin Wallace, is to retire on 30th November this year, after 10 years as Bishop. A farewell service will be held in York Minster on Sunday 27th October starting at 6pm.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said, “This will leave a ‘Wallace-shaped’ hole for the Diocese of York – we will miss Bishop Martin hugely! Bishop Martin has served the churches in this Diocese for ten years with a wonderful sense of humour and a heart full of God’s love. He has a great passion to see people’s faith come alive and to see the Church of Jesus Christ flourishing. I have personally appreciated his support, deep friendship, and service to the Church and communities in the York Archdeaconry. I pray that he and Diana will continue to enjoy their married life together as they spend more time with God and with each other, without the burdens of episcopal office.”

The Rt Revd Martin Wallace said, ”The past ten years in the Diocese of York have been an amazing time among the churches and local communities. It has been an enormous privilege seeing new people embrace the Christian faith, and new initiatives emerge to serve local people. Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is like a banquet”, and so my farewell event in York Minster will be a party with a light-hearted service, some food and drink, and some great and very different entertainment! A fitting celebration of God’s goodness to us all. Let’s party!”

Originally born in London, Bishop Martin lived in various south coast towns before training at Kings College London and Canterbury. He then served in parishes in an industrial area of Sheffield, the commuter-lands of Surrey, inner city east London and rural Essex before becoming Archdeacon of Colchester. Along the way he was also a Rural Dean, Diocesan Urban Officer, an industrial chaplain and a hospital chaplain. From there he became Bishop of Selby in 2003.

He has written books on Celtic Spirituality, City Prayers, Christian Healing and local history. Married to Diana, he has two grown-up children and enjoys local history and live sixties music. Having fallen in love with Yorkshire, Martin and Diana will be living in Bridlington.

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