Bishop of Gloucester stands down with immediate effect
- 2 August 2014
- From the section Gloucestershire
The Bishop of Gloucester has stood down with immediate effect "for personal reasons".
The Right Reverend Michael Perham was due to retire in November after almost a decade in the role.
In a statement, The Diocese of Gloucester confirmed Bishop Michael had "stepped back" from his ministry.
He had announced his retirement last November, saying the "time was right for him and his family".
A special service was due to take place on 8 November to celebrate his time as Bishop of Gloucester.
Church officials said they "did not know" whether this was still going ahead or not.