Downing Street has today announced the appointment of the Revd Canon Jonathan Goodall as Suffragan Bishop of Ebbsfleet.
Canon Goodall will be ordained in Westminster Abbey on 25 September, together with the new Suffragan Bishop of Tewkesbury.
The new bishop of the Suffragan See of Ebbsfleet will be commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury to serve, in line with the 1993 Act of Synod, as one of two Provincial Episcopal Visitors for the Province of Canterbury.
The Provincial Episcopal Visitors work with the diocesan bishops to provide extended pastoral care and sacramental ministry on the Archbishop’s behalf, as well as acting as spokesmen and advisors, to ensure that “the integrity of differing beliefs and positions concerning the ordination of women to the priesthood should be mutually recognised and respected.”
Canon Goodall, who since 2005 has been the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Chaplain and then Ecumenical Secretary at Lambeth Palace, succeeds Bishop Jonathan Baker as Bishop of Ebbsfleet.
Commenting on his appointment, Canon Goodall said:
“I am delighted, as I’m sure many will be, that Archbishop Justin is demonstrating his love and care and commitment to our whole church by bringing the number of provincial episcopal visitors up to full strength. Although it’s a time of upheaval and uncertainty, I’m eager to be with the parishes who belong to the See of Ebbsfleet and to serve as them as bishop, which has to mean giving my life for them. But not only for them: as bishop I promise to give my life to the Church of God as a whole, and to build up the faith, trust and mutual respect that will bring our witness to life.”
Welcoming the news, Archbishop Justin said:
“I am personally delighted that Canon Goodall has agreed to take up the post of Bishop of Ebbsfleet after eight years of distinguished, wide-ranging service at Lambeth Palace, promoting our local and global ecumenical relationships very effectively. He brings to the post an exceptional intellectual ability, as well as a wealth of pastoral and personal gifts which prepare him perfectly for this key role during a very demanding time for the Church of England."
He added: "I also want to take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude to those who have exercised pastoral care for traditionalist priests and parishes in recent months, especially Bishop John Ford and Bishop Lindsay Urwin.”
About the Revd Canon Jonathan Goodall
The Revd Canon Jonathan Goodall, 52, studied music at Royal Holloway College, University of London. After some years working for Macmillan Publishers, he trained for the ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He served his curacy in the Bicester Team Ministry, in Oxford Diocese, from 1989 to 1992.
From 1992 he was Sacrist, Chaplain and Minor Canon of Westminster Abbey. From 1998 to 2005 he served successive Bishops of Gibraltar in Europe as Chaplain and Research Assistant, and Liturgical Officer in the Diocese in Europe.
Since 2005 he has been Chaplain and Ecumenical Secretary to successive Archbishops of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace.
Canon Goodall is married to Sarah, a musician. They have two children, Thomas, 24, and AnnaMary, 19.
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