Canon Ed Condry Announced as the new Bishop of Ramsbury

10 Downing St has announced today that Ed Condry, Canon Residentiary of Canterbury Cathedral and Treasurer and Director of Education in Canterbury Cathedral, has been chosen as the next Bishop of Ramsbury in the Diocese of Salisbury. Canon Ed will be consecrated in Westminster Abbey on Friday, 21st September, and installed in Salisbury Cathedral at Evensong on Sunday 23rd September.He succeeds the Right Reverend Stephen Conway who became Bishop of Ely last year.

Canon Condry will support the Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam, as well as working alongside the Bishop of Sherborne, The Right Reverend Dr Graham Kings, the other suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Salisbury.

Edward is married to Sarah who currently teaches at King’s School, Canterbury. The couple have four grown up children – Hannah, Frances, Felix and Jerome.

At Canterbury Cathedral he has been responsible for teaching courses for Anglican bishops and priests. He has welcomed over 200 of the 800 or so Anglican bishops to the programmes, including 18 bishops from The Sudan, Salisbury’s link diocese.

“I am tremendously honoured and privileged to have been asked to serve God as Bishop of Ramsbury, supporting the people and parishes of Wiltshire and Dorset” Ed said earlier today. “Sarah and I have had 10 wonderful years in Canterbury, and have made many close friends that we will miss hugely. The whole Cathedral community has always been very supportive and we will have many happy memories of our time in The Precincts”.

Dean Robert added “Ed and Sarah have been part of our life for the last 10 years and we shall be very sad to say good-bye to them, but this is splendid news for the Salisbury diocese; Ed and Sarah’s talents will be a great asset, and we wish them and their family all the best with this new stage of their ministry”.

Bishop Trevor, Bishop of Dover commented: “Ed’s news will be greeted with huge rejoicing in Canterbury Diocese. We thank Ed for his generosity over many years to the Diocese and to the Anglican Communion. Ed and Sarah will move to Salisbury with the love and prayers of his colleagues here.”

This news will not affect Ed’s mammoth cycle ride from Mount Olympia in Greece to the Olympic stadium in London, which will begin next week on the 28th June, raising money for the Kent Air Ambulance. More details at http://www.o2o2012.org/.

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Further information from:

Emily Shepherd, Director of Communication Canterbury Diocese: 07876 210 446 eshepherd@diocant.org

Notes for Editors

Canon Condry, 59, studied first at the University of East Anglia and then at Exeter College, Oxford. He trained for the ordained ministry at Lincoln Theological College. He also holds an MBA from the Open University.

The Bishop-designate served his first curacy at Weston Favell in Peterborough Diocese from 1982 to 1985. From 1985 to 1993 he was a Vicar in Bloxham with Milcombe and South Newington in the Oxford Diocese.

He moved to the Diocese of Coventry in 1993 where he was Team Rector at Rugby until 2002 when he became Director of Post Ordinand Training in Canterbury Cathedral.

Since 2002 he has been Canon Residentiary at Canterbury Cathedral and from 2006 he has been Treasurer and Director of Education in Canterbury Cathedral.

The Bishop-designate has been and remains a keen sportsman. He also enjoys adventures! After years of playing rugby for local sides, running marathons (10 completed) and five-a- side football with friends he now concentrates on cycling, rowing and running. Edward competed in the British Indoor Rowing Championships and in 2006 was in Team GB in Boston, USA for the World Championships.

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