Robert Atwell

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Robert Atwell
Bishop of Exeter
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Bishop Atwell in 2017
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Exeter
In office2014–present
Predecessor Michael Langrish
Other post(s) Bishop of Stockport (2008–2014)
Orders
Ordination1978 (deacon)
1979 (priest)
by  Gerald Ellison (deacon)
Bill Westwood (priest)
Consecration24 June 2008
Personal details
Born (1954-08-03) 3 August 1954 (age 67)
Ilford, Essex, United Kingdom
NationalityBritish
Denomination Anglican
Residence The Palace, Exeter [1]
Alma mater St John's College, Durham
Westcott House, Cambridge

Robert Ronald Atwell (born 3 August 1954) is a British Anglican bishop, writer, and former Benedictine monk. Since April 2014, he has been the Bishop of Exeter. From 2008 to 2014, he was Bishop of Stockport, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Chester.

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Early life and education

Atwell was born on 3 August 1954 in Ilford, Essex, United Kingdom. [2] [3] He was educated at Wanstead High School, a comprehensive school in Wanstead, London. [3] He studied theology at St John's College, Durham, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1975. [4] [1] In 1976, he entered Westcott House, Cambridge to train for the priesthood. [3] [5] During his training, he spent a period of time in Rome studying at the Venerable English College, a Roman Catholic seminary, and at the Pontifical Gregorian University, a pontifical university. [4] Following his ordination, he continued his studies and completed a Master of Letters (MLitt) degree from Durham University in 1979. [1]

Ordained ministry

Atwell was ordained in the Church of England: first, made a deacon at Petertide 1978 (25 June), by Gerald Ellison, Bishop of London, at St Paul's Cathedral, [6] and then ordained a priest the following St Peter's Day (29 June 1979) by Bill Westwood, Bishop of Edmonton, at St James Muswell Hill. [7] His career began with a curacy at John Keble Church, Mill Hill in the Diocese of London from 1978 to 1981. [1] [8] From 1981 to 1987, he was chaplain of Trinity College, Cambridge and a lecturer in patristics. [3] [4]

In 1987, he entered the Order of St Benedict (OSB) and was granted Permission to officiate in the Diocese of Oxford. [1] He spent ten years as a Benedictine monk at Burford Priory in Oxfordshire. [9] [10] Though he left the OSB in 1998, he maintains his link with the Benedictines as an oblate of Bec Abbey in Normandy, France. [4]

In 1998, he left the OSB to return to parish ministry as Vicar of St Mary's Church, Primrose Hill, an Anglo Catholic parish in the Diocese of London. [4] [11] He held this role from 1998 until joining the episcopate in 2008. [1] [12]

Episcopal ministry

Atwell was consecrated a bishop at York Minster on 24 June 2008. He was welcomed into the Diocese of Chester as Bishop of Stockport on 27 June 2008 at Chester Cathedral. [13] [14]

On 21 January 2014, it was announced that Atwell would be translated to be the Bishop of Exeter. [15] The confirmation of his election occurred on 30 April 2014. [16] He was installed at Exeter Cathedral on 5 July 2014. [4]

Views

Atwell supports the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate. [17]

Styles

Selected works

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Robert Ronald Atwell" . Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing . Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  2. Diocese of Chester — Who's Who
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Atwell, Robert Ronald" . Who's Who . ukwhoswho.com. 2017 (November 2016 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 25 June 2017.(subscription or UK public library membership required)
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "The Bishop of Exeter". Bishop of Exeter & Senior Staff. Diocese of Exeter. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  5. "'Essex boy' faces wait for seat in House of Lords". Mid Devon Gazette . 22 January 2014.
  6. "Ordinations" . Church Times (#6020). 30 June 1978. p. 8. ISSN   0009-658X . Retrieved 25 June 2017 via UK Press Online archives.
  7. "Petertide ordinations" . Church Times (#6073). 6 July 1979. p. 17. ISSN   0009-658X . Retrieved 25 June 2017 via UK Press Online archives.
  8. Famous London church
  9. "Ten years as a monk: Meet the new Bishop of Exeter". ITV News. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  10. Wyatt, Tim (24 January 2014). "Atwell to be Bishop of Exeter". Church Times. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  11. "Our Church: Our History". St Mary's, Primrose Hill. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  12. Stockport’s “A list” Bishop
  13. Diocese of Chester Introducing the man who will be the new Bishop of Stockport (Archived 13 March 2009, accessed 25 June 2017)
  14. Official announcement of appointment Archived 2 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  15. http://www.exeter.anglican.org/index.cfm?page=news.story&newsid=638 [ bare URL ]
  16. Diocese of Exeter – Election of new Bishop of Exeter formally confirmed (Accessed 9 May 2014)
  17. "Right Reverend Robert Attwell backs women bishops". BBC News. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
Church of England titles
Preceded by Bishop of Stockport
2008–2014
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Exeter
2014–present
Incumbent