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Introduction to process


About Vacancy in See

Following the announcement of the retirement of the Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Richard Frith we are in the process of appointing a new Diocesan Bishop. This process is known as the Vacancy in See.

A committee has been appointed in the diocese to draw up a statement of needs and consider the qualities required in the next Bishop and the future focus of our diocese.

These details will then be taken forward to the national Crown Nominations Commission for review.

Six members of the Vacancy-in-See Committee join the Crown Nominations Commission as part of the process.

Diocesan representatives work alongside representatives of the Church of England as a whole, under the presidence of the Archbishops. The Sovereign (advised by the Prime Minister) makes the final appointment to the vacant see.

The appointment is not made by the diocese because of the variety of roles, which diocesan bishops have – not only within the Church of England but also as local and national figures.

Further reading on the process:

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/diocesan-resources/archbishops-advisers-appointments-and-development/senior-appointments

Further reading on the Crown Nominations Commission:

https://www.churchofengland.org/aaad#na