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Former Bishop of Horsham to leave Walsingham

Former Bishop of Horsham to leave Walsingham

Bishop Lindsay to say farewell - new challenge Down Under beckons

Bishop Lindsay Urwin OGS, Administrator of the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and provost of the Southern Region of the Woodard Corporation of Schools, is to return to his native Australia to be the Incumbent of Christ Church, Brunswick and the Bishop with responsibility for the care and encouragement of the Anglican Schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Bishop Urwin, formerly diocesan missioner and then Bishop of Horsham in the Diocese of Chichester, took over the reins at the Anglican Shrine in 2009.

He said today that he would miss the dynamic life of the Shrine and the many pilgrims who visit Walsingham and, of course, Britain where he has lived since 1976.

“Though it will be a real wrench to leave, I am looking forward to returning to my roots and serving the Church in the place where I first felt the stirrings of my vocation to the priesthood, and it will be good to have some time closer to my family’.

Master of the Guardians, Dr Martin Warner, who is Bishop of Chichester, said today: Bishop Lindsay Urwin has made an outstanding contribution to the life of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. As Administrator for the past 6 years he has used the charism of being a bishop to extend the Shrine’s outreach.

He added: "This has deepened its ministry of healing, of nurture of the young, of prayerful attention to the Word of God in scripture, and of drawing in those who have never known the gospel come alive in the experience of pilgrimage."

The process leading to the appointment of a new Administrator will begin immediately.

The Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham receives thousands of pilgrims and visitors from all over the world every year and is one of Britain's most famous places of pilgrimages.

Bishop Urwin takes up his new appointment in September.