THE Bishop of Chichester has announced he is retiring.
The Right Reverend Dr John Hind will retire at the end of April next year after 11 years in the job.
Bishop John, a married father-of-three, originally from Watford, has led the diocese since taking over from Bishop Eric Kemp in 2001.
He was the 102nd Bishop of Chichester.
The Queen and the Archbishop of Canterbury have now accepted his resignation.
Bishop John said: ‘It has been a delight and privilege to serve the Diocese of Chichester for more than a decade and I am very grateful to colleagues both lay and clergy, who work so faithfully for the Gospel and the good of Sussex.
‘Although I shall miss the parishes and people of the diocese very much, as I shall be nearly 67 I think the time is right for a new bishop to take over.
‘I am looking forward to an opportunity to continue to fulfil my ministry as a priest without the particular responsibilities of leading a diocese.’