Dated 3rd May 2019
Bishop Graham will be leaving our diocese at the end of the Summer to move to Norwich.
10 Downing Street has today announced that the Bishop of Dudley, Graham Usher is to become the next Bishop of Norwich. Bishop Graham was ordained as the fifth Bishop of Dudley in March 2014 and has served as the Suffragan Bishop across the whole of the Diocese of Worcester. He will leave our diocese at the end of July and will be formally enthroned as the Bishop of Norwich in Norwich Cathedral in the late Autumn.
On his appointment, Bishop Graham said:
“It is a delight, but also somewhat daunting, to have been nominated to be the next Bishop of Norwich and I’m looking forward to the adventure with God in Jesus that lies ahead. What I’m truly grateful for is how the people of the Diocese of Worcester have shaped me as a bishop. You have taught me much, as has Bishop John and other colleagues; thank you with all my heart. Having lived in Dudley for the last five years, I will miss the warmth of those who begin almost every conversation with the word ‘awlroight’. The people of Dudley’s care and encouragement, together with those in the rest of the diocese, have meant much to Rachel and me. I look forward to hearing about how the diocese flourishes in the years ahead and you will remain much in my prayers.”
Bishop John said:
“I shall miss Bishop Graham greatly, as will many others. He has been a wonderful gift to the Diocese of Worcester and has given an enormous amount to individuals, churches and wider society. The leadership role he has played in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley has been invaluable there. I am personally very grateful to him for his friendship and support and am sad that we are losing him. It was only a matter of time, I suppose, and the people of the Diocese of Norwich are very fortunate to be receiving him. He and Rachel and the family go with our heartfelt gratitude, our love and our prayers.”
Before becoming a Bishop, Graham was Rector of Hexham Abbey. He has also lived and worked in inner Middlesborough and Ghana, Africa. As Bishop of Dudley, Graham currently chairs the Churches’ Housing Association of Dudley and District (CHADD) which provides the women’s refuge, housing for homeless teenagers, and residential support for elderly people who live with long-term mental ill health. He also serves as Dudley Council’s Independent Person for standards and leads on the community strand of the ‘Forging Ahead’ vision for Dudley. Graham maintains an interest in ecology as a member of the Church of England’s Environmental Working Group and in medical ethics as a board member of the Human Tissue Authority. He is a member of the International Commission for Anglican Orthodox Theological Dialogue.
Following his announcement, Bishop Graham will today be touring the Diocese of Norwich, visiting a local housing trust, a primary school garden and outdoor reflective space, a church after-school club run by volunteers. Later this afternoon he will be welcomed to the diocese at a special Evensong at Norwich Cathedral where he will give the blessing.