Roger said: "I am really thrilled to have been asked to go and serve the churches and people of this wonderfully varied part of Essex. These are exciting times for the Church as we live out and celebrate our faith in new, engaging and transformative ways. This is a time in which we are called to re-imagine a vision for the church in the 21st Century which is authentic and relevant and helps us become all we are called to be.

"However, I am very sad to be leaving such an amazing group of people. These have been an incredible six years and it's been a real privilege to work among the clergy and people of Worcestershire. Bishop John has been a good friend and an excellent mentor and I am hugely in his debt. There's never a perfect time to leave but the arrival of the new Archdeacon and also Bishop of Dudley has strengthened an already brilliant staff team. I will miss everyone here very much and the people of this county and diocese will always be in my prayers and affections."

The Bishop of Worcester, The Rt Revd Dr John Inge, commented: "All those who know Roger Morris will be aware that he is an immensely gifted priest. He has given so much to the Diocese of Worcester and I am one among very many who will be sad to see him go, but frankly it was only a matter of time before he was whisked away. Roger will make a wonderful bishop and the people of the Colchester Area of the Diocese of Chelmsford are very fortunate. May God bless him and his wife Sally and their children Fiona and Imogen richly as they begin this new stage of their lives."

The Bishop of Chelmsford, The Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, added: "It is a joy to welcome Roger Morris as the next Bishop of Colchester. Roger comes to us with great experience of ministry in rural areas and brings evangelistic flair and a strong teaching ministry. He will bring energetic and creative leadership to the Colchester Episcopal Area. We welcome Roger and Sally and their family to the diocese, and look forward to them joining us."

It is anticipated that Roger will leave the Diocese of Worcester in June. He will be consecrated as Bishop of Colchester at St Paul's Cathedral on 25 July and will start his ministry as bishop in the Autumn.

Announcement from Downing Street

Announcement from the Dicoese of Chelmsford

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Roger Morris Biography 

The Venerable Roger Morris (aged 45) studied at Imperial College, London, and then at Trinity College Cambridge. He trained for the ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge.

Roger served his first curacy at Northleach with Hampnett and Farmington; Cold Aston with Turkdean and Notgrove in the Diocese of Gloucester from 1993 to 1996. He was then Rector of Sevenhampton with Charlton Abbotts, Hawling and Whittington; Dowdeswell with Andoversford, The Shiptons, Salperton; and Withington. From 2003 to 2008 he was Diocesan Director of Parish Development and Evangelism in Coventry Diocese. Since 2008 he has been the Archdeacon of Worcester.

Roger is married to Sally, a Deputy Headteacher in a Secondary School and a Minister in Secular Employment (MSE). They have two teenage daughters. Roger stage-manages the Canopy Stage (previously ‘The Performance Café') at the annual Greenbelt Christian Arts Festival. His interests include popular music, films, supporting Bristol Rovers and walking the family's two dogs.

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The Diocese of Worcester is one of 42 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.

From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester.

Tel: 01905 20537 Mobile: 07852 302516
Email: ssetchell@cofe-worcester.org.uk