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Diocese of Winchester
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Bishop of Truro to become Bishop of Winchester

by Kelly Valencia

The Bishop of Truro, Rt Rev Stephen Mounstephen, will become the 98th Bishop of Winchester later this year, Downing Street has announced.

The 63-year-old takes on the role from Dr Tim Dakin who stepped down in 2021. The Bishop of Southampton, Rt Rev Debbie Sellin, had been fulfilling the duties of Dr Dakin after a breakdown in relationships with the diocese prompted his departure.

Bishop Stephen will oversee 225 parishes across Hampshire and Dorset and will enter the House of Lords, as Winchester is one of the five "great sees” who are always Lords of Parliament.

Bishop Philip's appointment is a homecoming for him, as he was born in Hampshire and discovered his faith while studying English Literature at the University of Southampton.

Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev Justin Welby, warmly welcomed him to his new role leading the Winchester diocese and to the House of Lords.

He said: “Bishop Philip is committed to working together with the Church and people of the whole Diocese to take forward the mission of God.”

“He will also make a significant contribution as he takes his seat in the House of Lords, especially on issues of freedom of religion and belief,” he continued.


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