New Bishop for Suffolk Reverend Canon Martin Seeley is approved by the Queen
PUBLISHED: 11:44 20 November 2014 | UPDATED: 14:20 20 November 2014
The new Bishop for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich is to be the Reverend Canon Martin Seeley, Downing Street announced today after the Queen approved the nomination.
Canon Seeley will be the 11th Bishop of the diocese and is currently principal at one of the Church of England’s leading theological colleges, Westcott House, Cambridge, a role he has held since September 2006.
Prior to this he served for ten years as the vicar of the Isle of Dogs in East London, a post the diocese’s eighth bishop, the Rt Revd John Dennis, had also held.
Canon Seeley, 60, brings a wealth of pastoral, educational and leadership experience, both in this country and in the United States and will take up his new role sometime after Easter next year.
He is married to Jutta Brueck, priest-in-charge of St James, Wulfstan Way, Cambridge and they have two children, Anna, 14, and Luke, 11.
Today Canon Seeley was getting to know Suffolk – arriving with his wife on St Edmund’s Day to visit Stowmarket’s first ever Church of England primary school, Trinity CEVAP School, where he told the story of St Edmund and was asked questions about his new role by the school children.
He said: “I am absolutely delighted to be coming to Suffolk. I preached my first sermon in Haverhill 40 years ago, and most recently, in August, preached in Wingfield in the Hoxne Benefice.
“Having lived next door in Cambridgeshire for a total of 13 years I have long been attracted to the sheer diversity of Suffolk, from the deep rural villages to growing towns like Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, to the beauty of the countryside and the gorgeous coastline.
“I am deeply aware that diversity also includes areas of prosperity and of poverty, and one of the gifts of the Church in Suffolk is to hold these differences together so that the whole community can flourish.
“I see one of my first tasks being listening and learning about the circumstances and needs of people across the county.
“I am very grateful to be coming to a diocese that is outward looking, committed to making a difference in our communities, and I will want to build on that.”