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By staff writers
January 11, 2005

Farewell for archbishop announced

-11/01/05

The Archbishop of York will hold a farewell service on Saturday before taking up his new position as a parish priest, it was announced today.

Dr David Hope ñ the Church of Englandís second most senior clergyman ñ dramatically resigned from the role in August last year to take over at St Margaretís in Ilkley, near Bradford.

The 64-year-old will take a pay cut of around £40,000 a year and swap his Bishopthorpe Palace for a humble vicarage.

Dr Hope has been an archbishop since 1995 but has made no secret of his long-held wish to return to parish life, taking a substantial pay cut.

Over the last few months leading up to his change of job, the Archbishop has made a number of radical statements and moves.

In a frank admission that the church no longer reaches large sections of the population, he said in December; ìIíd be a bit hard pushed to say we were a Christian country.î He also spoke of his despair at the rancour in the Anglican communion over homosexuality which he said was dragging the church apart. In particular he challenged evangelicals to "stop, look and listen".

His diocese announced a few days ago it was making one hundred thousand pounds (£100,000) from central diocesan funds available to the stricken areas of south east Asia devastated by the 26 December tsunami tidal wave, at a time when church finances are extremely tight.

Earlier last year Dr Hope joined the archbishop of Canterbury in delivering what was widely seen as a rebuke to the Government, over the behaviour of Western security forces in Iraq.

Dr Hope will preside over a special service at York Minster on Saturday to mark the end of his tenure as Archbishop.

Church officials said they were expecting more than 2,500 people to attend from all over Yorkshire, along with worshippers from his former dioceses in London and Wakefield.

Towards the end of the service a presentation will be made to Dr Hope on behalf of the churches of the Diocese of York.

He will then hand his pastoral staff to the Bishop of Hull, the Right Rev Richard Firth, who will take responsibility for the archdiocese until a new Archbishop is appointed.

Speaking today about the service, Mr Firth said: ìThis will be a joyful, family occasion for the Diocese of York to give thanks to God for Archbishop Davidís ministry here, tinged with sadness as we shall miss him very much.

ìHis years as Bishop and Archbishop have been an inspiration to many people of faith and of none, and his decision to return to the life of a parish priest is a wonderful affirmation of the life and work of local churches and their people.î

He will preach to a flock of around 150 when he takes up his new post next month but has said that he is looking forward to a new challenge.

Farewell for archbishop announced

-11/01/05

The Archbishop of York will hold a farewell service on Saturday before taking up his new position as a parish priest, it was announced today.

Dr David Hope ñ the Church of Englandís second most senior clergyman ñ dramatically resigned from the role in August last year to take over at St Margaretís in Ilkley, near Bradford.

The 64-year-old will take a pay cut of around £40,000 a year and swap his Bishopthorpe Palace for a humble vicarage.

Dr Hope has been an archbishop since 1995 but has made no secret of his long-held wish to return to parish life, taking a substantial pay cut.

Over the last few months leading up to his change of job, the Archbishop has made a number of radical statements and moves.

In a frank admission that the church no longer reaches large sections of the population, he said in December; ìIíd be a bit hard pushed to say we were a Christian country.î He also spoke of his despair at the rancour in the Anglican communion over homosexuality which he said was dragging the church apart. In particular he challenged evangelicals to "stop, look and listen".

His diocese announced a few days ago it was making one hundred thousand pounds (£100,000) from central diocesan funds available to the stricken areas of south east Asia devastated by the 26 December tsunami tidal wave, at a time when church finances are extremely tight.

Earlier last year Dr Hope joined the archbishop of Canterbury in delivering what was widely seen as a rebuke to the Government, over the behaviour of Western security forces in Iraq.

Dr Hope will preside over a special service at York Minster on Saturday to mark the end of his tenure as Archbishop.

Church officials said they were expecting more than 2,500 people to attend from all over Yorkshire, along with worshippers from his former dioceses in London and Wakefield.

Towards the end of the service a presentation will be made to Dr Hope on behalf of the churches of the Diocese of York.

He will then hand his pastoral staff to the Bishop of Hull, the Right Rev Richard Firth, who will take responsibility for the archdiocese until a new Archbishop is appointed.

Speaking today about the service, Mr Firth said: ìThis will be a joyful, family occasion for the Diocese of York to give thanks to God for Archbishop Davidís ministry here, tinged with sadness as we shall miss him very much.

ìHis years as Bishop and Archbishop have been an inspiration to many people of faith and of none, and his decision to return to the life of a parish priest is a wonderful affirmation of the life and work of local churches and their people.î

He will preach to a flock of around 150 when he takes up his new post next month but has said that he is looking forward to a new challenge.

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