by Michael Ford last modified 22 Jun, 2012 04:20 PM

Her Majesty The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Canon Edward Francis Condry, BA, BLitt, DPhil, MBA, Canon Residentiary of Canterbury Cathedral, in the Diocese of Canterbury and Treasurer and Director of Education in Canterbury Cathedral as the next Bishop of Ramsbury in the Diocese of Salisbury.


The Revd Dr Edward Condry

He succeeds the Right Reverend Stephen Conway who became Bishop of Ely last year.  

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Canon Condry 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.

Edward is married to Sarah who currently teaches at King’s School, Canterbury. The couple have four grown up children - Hannah, Frances, Felix and Jerome.

At Canterbury Cathedral he has been responsible for teaching courses for Anglican bishops and priests. He has welcomed over 200 of the 800 or so Anglican bishops to the programmes, including 18 bishops from the Sudan, Salisbury’s link diocese.

He has also been particularly involved with promoting Fairtrade and energy use issues, as well as the arts – recreating the Canterbury tradition of a play in the Cathedral, commissioning Sebastian Barry to write Dallas Sweetman, and then organising its production in the Nave. 

The Bishop-designate said today: “Sarah and I are really looking forward to moving to the Salisbury Diocese, to meeting as many people as possible, welcoming them to our home, and encouraging all the good church and community efforts which are going on.”

The Bishop of Salisbury added: “The process towards finding a new Bishop of Ramsbury has been a thorough one and I am absolutely delighted by this outcome. Edward will bring additional insight and wisdom to the team in the Diocese of Salisbury and we look forward to sharing with him in our work and outreach as a 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. He also enjoys adventures! 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 is cycling the 1500 miles from Olympia to the Olympic Stadium in two weeks, with some friends (and his two sons). They will cycle through Greece, across to Italy over the Gotthard Pass and up through eastern France in aid of the local Air Ambulance.

A date for Canon Condry’s consecration will be announced shortly.

Update: Canon Condry will be consecrated on Friday 21 September 2012.


Further information please contact:
Revd Rob Marshall
Personal Media Advisor to the Bishop of Salisbury 
07766 952113

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