Bishop Peter to lay down crozier at farewell service that can be viewed online
ON Saturday, May 22, the diocese of Bath and Wells will bid farewell to Rt Rev Peter Hancock, the 79th Bishop of Bath and Wells, with a special service from Wells Cathedral.
Earlier this year, Bishop Peter, who is 65, announced he was taking early retirement, following treatment for acute myeloid leukaemia. He has been bishop of the diocese for seven years, from 2014.
Due to coronavirus restrictions and Bishop Peter’s ongoing treatment, the service will not be held in person, but will be available to view at 3pm on May 22 via the Bath and Wells website and Facebook page. All the details are at: https://www.bathandwells.org.uk/news/join-us-in-our-farewell-to-bishop-peter.php
During the service Bishop Peter will lay down his crozier – the shepherd’s crook that signifies his role as leader of his flock – this symbolic moment marks the point at which he is no longer Bishop of Bath and Wells.
In his seven years as Bishop of Bath and Wells, Bishop Peter has seen more than 1,326 people confirmed and 73 priests ordained. He has been supported by two Bishops of Taunton, with Bishop Ruth taking on the role in October 2015. He has also been served by six archdeacons and two deans.
Paying tribute to Bishop Peter, Archbishop Justin Welby said: “I pray that you and Jane continue on the path to healing and that you will continue in confidence in the God you have served and in the love that you received from those around you.”