Appointing the next Bishop of Dorchester

The Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester

The Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester.

Bishop Colin will retire in November this year having served with great distinction as Bishop of Dorchester. The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, received the formal approval in June from the Dioceses Commission to move ahead and appoint the next Bishop of Dorchester.

Please keep this appointment in your prayers in the coming months, both privately and publicly. A process of consultation has now begun. Notices on this page and in the Church Press invite both comments on possible candidates and the needs of the Diocese and the Archdeaconry.

The consultation process ends on 31 August 2020.

Click [+] below for key dates and documentation relating to this appointment.

5 November 2019 – Bishop Colin announces his intention to retire

9 July 2020 – a letter from Bishop Steven to all licensed clergy, first church wardens and licensed lay ministers in the Dorchester Archdeaconry

  • 9 June – submission to the Diocese Commission
  • w/c 6 July – written consultation
  • 10, 17, 24 July – announcement in church press
  • 17 July – advisory panel confirmed
  • 31 August – end of consultation process
  • 9 September – longlisting
  • 18 September – shortlisting
  • 1 and 2 October – interviews
  • 4 October – farewell event for +Colin (which we hope will be streamed live to the Diocese)

The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford, is in the process of appointing an Advisory Panel. This will include an Area Dean and Lay Chair from the Archdeaconry, wider representatives from the Diocese and an external consultant. We will publish the names of the Advisory Group on this page when the process is complete. The role of the Advisory Group is to share in the process of shortlisting and interview and to advise Bishop Steven on the appointment. Bishop Steven will chair the panel and has asked Judy French as Archdeacon to liaise with Area Deans and Lay Chairs about appropriate representatives from both groups for the Advisory Panel.