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Bishop of Chichester Announces Visitation of Chichester Cathedral in 2016 (posted 8 December 2015)

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The Bishop of Chichester Announces a Visitation of Chichester Cathedral in 2016

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The Bishop of Chichester, The Right Revd Martin Warner, has announced a Visitation of Chichester Cathedral in 2016 to allow him to establish an overview of its worship and mission.

Though all diocesan bishops are entitled to carry out a Visitation, not all take the opportunity to do so.  But in a rapidly changing culture, which brings daily more challenges for the Church, Bishop Martin believes that carrying out an in-depth review of the life of the cathedral will throw new light on the ways it can serve both its immediate community and the wider community of the church in Sussex.

Bishop Martin said: "The 2016 Visitation will seek to enable the Cathedral to review and deepen its calling to fulfil the ministry set out in its Constitution and Statutes, in order to witness with ever greater joy, imagination, and generosity to the call to know, love, follow Jesus."

The Visitation will be carried out by a panel of people on behalf of the Bishop and will take place during 2016.  The Bishop will issue his Charge (report and recommendations) to the Cathedral towards the end of 2016.

The Visitation of the Cathedral follows on from the Bishop's 2013 -2015 Episcopal Visitation in the diocese of Chichester which involved all incumbents completing a detailed questionnaire (The Articles of Inquiry) which asked questions about their ministerial  life and the life of their parishes.  The questionnaires were followed up with visits to all the deaneries, during which Bishop Martin had face to face meetings with 215 clergy and 30 sequestrators (where parishes were undergoing a vacancy).  This process provided Bishop Martin with a snapshot of where the Diocese is, identifying its strengths and areas for further development.  The results and recommendations from this in-depth review were made in the Bishop' Charge which can be read in detail by clicking here.

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