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Service is farewell to the Archdeacon

Worcester Editorial 3rd Jul, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A SPECIAL service was held to formally say goodbye to the Archdeacon of Worcester.

Roger Morris is set to become Bishop of Colchester, in the Diocese of Chelmsford, and the city paid tribute to him at St. Martin’s Church on Sunday, June 22.

He led the service with a mixture of traditional hymns, led by a group featuring his oldest daughter Fiona, while his youngest daughter Imogen read the New Testament Reading and was involved in the prayers alongside his wife, the Rev Sally Morris.

Bishop John said: “Roger has offered a huge amount to the Diocese of Worcester and has often given the impression of omni-competence, employing a wide range of skills which are not normally seen in an Archdeacon while still managing to hold on to the bigger vision.

“I give thanks for his ministry here, as well as that of his family, Sally as a local teacher and priest and Fiona and Imogen with youth and children’s work in the Diocese.

“I pray for God’s rich blessing upon them as they continue their journey in Colchester.”

At the end of the service Roger was presented with a Pectoral Cross, to wear when he becomes Bishop, which is a replica of an ancient 7th Century cross found on the buried body of a teenage girl in Cambridgeshire.

Roger said: “I chose this design because of its beauty, but also to mark the bravery of a teenage girl visibly demonstrating her faith in a largely pagan world.”

He will be consecrated as Bishop of Colchester on Thursday, July 24 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.

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