was always brought up in the Christian faith. I went to the Church
of England with my family, I was baptised there as a baby and went
to Sunday School.
I left school when I was sixteen and a half and went to work in London.
I was interested in joining the Church of England but they said I
was very young and should see if I felt the same after I had done
my National Service.
years later, I still felt God wanted me to become a Vicar and went
to Kings College in London to study for the ministry.
first curacy, was in Newcastle in 1959. I moved around several dioceses
and was invited to be Bishop of Maidstone in Kent in 1987. In 1992
I became Bishop of Bradford and have been here nearly ten years.
is a super place to live and work. Before I came to Bradford I had
never been to the city before. I hadn't even met any Hindus, Sikhs
As a Bishop there is no such thing as an average week. I usually
work around eighty hours. Sometimes I'm on duty in the House of
Lords, or I have meetings for the Synod - that takes up around seven
weeks a year.
from that, unless I am on overseas visits, I am in the diocese,
visiting clergy, parishioners, and the general public. I also reply
to letters, deal with administration and media interviews.
the foot and mouth crisis, I personally spoke to 80 farmers and
wrote to over 500, passing on their concerns to the House of Lords.
I retire in 2002 I will miss Bradford. I have loved my time here
and have many highlights. There has been a highlight in every day
I have worked here.
Church of England works hard at improving race relations, building
trust and understanding in communities and over the years there
have been a number of significant achievements in this respect.
We have begun to lay the foundations for a better Bradford, with
more respect and tolerance.
Church of England is an important part of Bradford. Even though
people come from many different faith backgrounds, the Church and
Christianity is still as relevant to Bradford as it ever was providing
pastoral care to all people of all faiths who may need it.