Bishop of Ramsbury Arrives
The new Bishop of Ramsbury, Edward Condry, preached a sermon at Salisbury Cathedral as he began his public ministry yesterday (Sunday 23 September).
Speaking during Evensong, he referred to the “physically punishing and spiritually rewarding” challenges he faced during a number of trips, drawing parallels between cycling, pilgrimage and the Christian life.
He recalled times when he was ready to give in but had persisted, saying that Christians should not see their calling as simply one of enjoyment: that “The disciples took tough decisions to follow Jesus, but their faith was not misplaced.”
Referring to pilgrimages, he added, “This is how we should see the Church: resting places, overnight stops...not as easy places, or places to hide...but as places of all that is most important.”
The new Bishop was also made a Canon of Salisbury Cathedral during the service and was welcomed by the Dean of Salisbury, the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, the Diocesan Secretary and a pupil from Sarum Academy.
The Right Reverend Dr Edward Condry, 59, is the former Canon Residentiary, Treasurer and Director of Education in Canterbury Cathedral. He succeeds the Right Reverend Stephen Conway, now the Bishop of Ely.
He studied first at the University of East Anglia and then at Exeter College, Oxford, before training for ordination at Lincoln Theological College. He also holds an MBA from the Open University.
Bishop Condry served his first curacy at Weston Favell in Peterborough Diocese from 1982 to 1985. He was a vicar in Bloxham with Milcombe and South Newington in the Oxford Diocese from 1985 to 1993.
He moved to the Diocese of Coventry in 1993, becoming Team Rector at Rugby until 2002, when he became Director of Post-Ordinand Training and Canon Residentiary at Canterbury Cathedral. He was also Treasurer and Director of Education in Canterbury Cathedral from 2006.
The Bishop is a keen sportsman, having played rugby for local sides, completed ten marathons and played five-a-side football with friends. He now concentrates on cycling, running and rowing, competing in the British Indoor Rowing Championships. He was a member of Team GB for the 2006 World Championships in Boston, USA.
In recent years he has cycled to Rome and from Land’s End to John O’Groats, as well as rowing the English Channel, raising funds for charity in each case.
In July 2012, he cycled 1500 miles from Olympia in Greece, across to Italy over the Gotthard Pass and up through eastern France to the Olympic stadium in London. He completed the trip successfully, along with friends and his two sons, raising over £55,000 for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
He is married to Sarah and they have four grown-up children; Hannah, Frances, Felix and Jerome; as well as two grandchildren, Mia and Leo.
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