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Bishop Harold Miller announces his retirement

The Church of Ireland Bishop of Down and Dromore, the Rt Revd Harold Miller, has announced he is to retire after more than 22 years in the post.

He made the announcement during his address to the Diocesan Synod on Thursday 20th June.

The bishop will stand down on 30th September this year.

The Rt Revd Harold Miller, Bishop of Down and Dromore, has announced his retirement.
The Rt Revd Harold Miller, Bishop of Down and Dromore, has announced his retirement.

In his address, Bishop Miller looked back with gratitude over his episcopal ministry and spoke warmly of the diocese and its people.

He said, “As I look back over two decades, I truly give thanks for you, followers of Jesus Christ, in the diocese of Down and Dromore, whom I have had the privilege of getting to know and serve alongside. We have loved one another as a family, and it has been a joy to call this wonderful diocese my home.”

Bishop Miller is 69 and celebrates 43 years of ordained ministry next week.

He is the longest serving Bishop of Down and Dromore since Bishop Robert Knox who retired after 37 years in 1886.

The bishop will give his farewell charge to the diocese at the annual Bible Week in Shankill Parish Church, Lurgan, from 27–30 August.

A full transcript of Bishop Miller’s Presidential Address is available here