A Message from Bishop Robert

Bishop Robert writes:

For some time now, I have been discerning my future and after much prayer and reflection, I find that the office of the Diocesan Bishop has become too great a burden. I have therefore tendered my resignation to the Holy Father who has graciously acceded to my request. In the period prior to the appointment of my successor, the diocese will continue to operate under the governance of Archbishop Malcolm McMahon as Apostolic Administrator.

You will, I am sure, recognise that the formulation of this decision has not been easy but I have decided to tender my resignation in order to make way for my successor and ensure the best interests of the diocese as a whole.

As I prepare to return to my community in Oxford for the time being, I wish to take this opportunity to thank the clergy and religious of the diocese for the welcome, care and support which has been shown to me. I am and will remain deeply grateful for that support and the encouragement it represents.

With an assurance of my continued prayers for your own ministry,


You can read Bishop Robert’s letter to the people and clergy of our diocese here. Please pray for him, for Archbishop Malcolm McMahon who has been appointed as Apostolic Administrator, and for Canon Peter Leighton, Vicar-General, who will be responsible for the day-to-day running of our diocese.

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