New Bishop of Ramsbury to be consecrated and welcomed
The Reverend Canon Edward Condry, formerly Canon Residentiary of Canterbury Cathedral and Treasurer and Director of Education in Canterbury Cathedral, is to be consecrated as Bishop of Ramsbury by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, in Westminster Abbey on Friday 21 September at 11am.
Canon Condry, 59, will support the Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam, as well as working alongside the Bishop of Sherborne, The Right Reverend Dr Graham Kings, the other suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Salisbury.
Bishop Holtam will present Dr Condry to the Archbishop of Canterbury to be ordained bishop in the presence of over 30 supporting bishops, more than 30 clergy and approximately 450 guests including family and friends.
The new Bishop and his wife Sarah will be officially welcomed into the Diocese of Salisbury during Evensong at Salisbury Cathedral on Sunday 23 September at 4.30pm.
Civic, HM Forces, emergency services and community leaders, as well as church school headteachers and governors, will offer welcomes on behalf of their communities.
Canon Condry said: “Sarah and I are thrilled to be coming to the Diocese of Salisbury and becoming part of the church and community life here. We look forward to welcoming people into our home. We hope to encourage all the good things that local churches are doing.”
The Bishop of Salisbury said: “I am greatly looking forward to this consecration and to sharing ministry in the Diocese with Bishop Edward. His experience of rural and urban parish ministry, knowledge of the Anglican Communion and passions for the arts, sports and education will add new layers of wisdom and experience to the team. This is good news for Wiltshire and the whole Diocese.”
Canon Condry, 59, studied first at the University of East Anglia and then at Exeter College, Oxford. He trained for the ordained ministry at Lincoln Theological College. He also holds an MBA from the Open University.
The Bishop-designate served his first curacy at Weston Favell in Peterborough Diocese from 1982 to 1985. From 1985 to 1993 he was a Vicar in Bloxham with Milcombe and South Newington in the Oxford Diocese.
He moved to the Diocese of Coventry in 1993 where he was Team Rector at Rugby until 2002 when he became Director of Post Ordinand Training in Canterbury Cathedral.
Since 2002 he has been Canon Residentiary at Canterbury Cathedral, and from 2006 he has been Treasurer and Director of Education in Canterbury Cathedral.
The Bishop-designate has been and remains a keen sportsman. After years of playing rugby for local sides, running marathons (10 completed) and five-a-side football with friends he now concentrates on cycling, rowing and running. Edward competed in the British Indoor Rowing Championships and in 2006 was in Team GB in Boston, USA for the World Championships.
In July he cycled the 1500 miles from Olympia in Greece, across to Italy over the Gotthard Pass and up through eastern France to the Olympic Stadium. He made the trip successfully, together with friends and his two sons, raising over £55,000 for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
Contact Danela Adams, Ramsbury Team Administrator:
01380 729808, firstname.lastname@example.org