The people of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, and two parishes in Devon are being invited to help the Diocese of Truro seek a new diocesan bishop following the departure of the Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen, Bishop of Truro.

The diocese has started the appointment process with the launch of a survey today (December 5) as part of wide consultation about what best describes the diocese and what particular qualities are sought in the new bishop.

The feedback received from parishes and the wider community will help inform a Statement of Needs created by a committee formed to oversee the process, chaired by The Very Revd Simon Robinson, Dean designate of Truro.   Called The Vacancy in See Committee it is made up of diocesan members, mostly elected from parishes and deaneries.

List of Vacancy in See Committee members

This committee will work with the Crown Nominations Commission that is made up of local and national members who will consider the long and short-listing and interviewing of candidates before making a recommendation to the Prime Minister and King for approval.

Fr Simon Robinson urged everyone to take part in the survey and asked: “Please do pray for this whole process, for all those tasked with discerning who will be the next Bishop of Truro.”

The survey is available here on the diocesan website, on social media, and in local media.  It can also be emailed and posted.  Everyone, whether a worshipper or not, is welcome to complete the short survey and to share views by attending in-person consultations in the new year.

Complete the survey here