PTO & Retired Clergy

Ordination to the Priesthood, in the Church of England, is understood as a life-long vocation. You remain ordained as a priest after retiring from office and have a vocation to ministry even if it takes a different form in retirement.

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The Ministry Team would like you to know that we are here to support you during your retirement years and to offer help and advice if needed.

Pastoral care for retired clergy and family rests with the Bishop, your Incumbent and Rural Dean. Additionally the Bishop has appointed The Revd John Eatock as Dean of Retired Clergy, Clergy Widows and Widowers. John can be contacted by email at



Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care in an integral part of our diocese life.