New Bishop for Ramsbury ***Updated
The Revd Canon Dr Edward Condry was consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury as the fifth Anglican Bishop of Ramsbury on Friday (21 September) at Westminster Abbey. Initial details; first pictures
The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, and the Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, were also in attendance, along with 36 other bishops, Bishop Condry’s spouse, Sarah, and nearly 700 clergy and guests.
The sermon was preached by the Revd Dr A Katherine Grieb, who congratulated the “truly fortunate See of Ramsbury and Diocese of Salisbury”, mentioned Dr Condry’s “firm and gentle leadership style” and noted, “The bishop is the one who, having planned ahead, brings out of his rucksack the old and new things that are needed for the next stage of the adventure.”
Referring to the nicknames for some of the Saxon Bishops of Salisbury and dubbing him Edward the Explorer-Encourager-and-Evangelist, Dr Grieb reminded the bishop that “You will be called many things, but the main thing to remember is that you are called!”
Update: click here for the text of the sermon
Update: Bishop Condry said, “It was overwhelming to be prayed for by so many colleagues, to have so many loved ones there and to undertake this awesome responsibility; but above all, it was simply a great joy. Sarah and I look forward to moving in and starting this new adventure together.”
He will be officially welcomed into the Diocese during Evensong at Salisbury Cathedral this Sunday (23 September, 4.30pm) as he begins his public ministry.
The Revd Dr A Katherine Grieb is Professor of New Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary, USA and Six Preacher of Canterbury Cathedral.
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 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.
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