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Christopher Chessun named as Bishop of Southwark

Rt Revd Christopher Chessun is to be the next Anglican Bishop of Southwark, 10 Downing Street announced on Wednesday morning.

Christopher Chessun named as Bishop of Southwark
Rt Revd Christopher Chessun and Most Revd Rowan Williams pictured at Southwark Cathedral last week

Christopher Chessun, currently Bishop of Woolwich, succeeds the Rt Revd Tom Butler who retired earlier this year.

"I was surprised and humbled to have been nominated to be the tenth Bishop of Southwark," says Bishop Christopher.

"It has been a great privilege and joy to serve as Bishop of Woolwich for the last five years, serving as part of Bishop Tom Butler's staff team, until his recent retirement.

"The bishops work closely together in this very vibrant siocese where clergy morale is high and the area system ensures that effective support is given in equipping the clergy and people of our parishes to serve the kingdom of God in their localities.

"I greatly look forward to getting to know the priests, people and parishes across the whole diocese. By God's grace, I shall endeavour to deepen our unity in Christ and lead the diocese in mission and engagement with the wider community. Please pray for me as I prepare to serve as your new diocesan bishop."

The Diocese of Southwark was formed in 1905 and covers Greater London south of the River Thames and part of the county of Surrey. The diocese has three area bishops – Woolwich, Kingston and Croydon – who each look after part of the larger area.

Bishop Christopher will be the tenth Bishop of Southwark.

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