Bishop Geoffrey, the Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, announced today that he will retire and leave office on 8 November 2013. He will bid farewell to the diocese formally at the Friends of the Diocese service on 23 October in London, and later on 1 November, All Saints Day, in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar. Bishop Geoffrey's full retirement announcement can be read here.
We wish Bishop Geoffrey well as he prepares for his final months in office.
The diocese will soon be entering a time of transition. The Diocesan Secretary, Mr Adrian Mumford, has indicated that the process for finding a new Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe is quite similar to that in English diocese The Archbishop's Secretary for Appointments, Caroline Boddington, guides the process. As it is not a Crown Appointment the final decision is made, not by the Prime Minister's Office, but by three bishops who act jointly: the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of London and a bishop nominated by the Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council. The Standing Committee of the Diocesan Synod acts as the Vacancy in See Committee for the Diocese and closely follows the Vacancy in See procedures as for all the other dioceses.