Ruminations of an Emeritus Bishop

Christopher Budd

The former Bishop of Plymouth (1986-2013), Christopher Budd? shares a few reflections about being a bishop in a diocese in England and Wales at the turn of the millennia (20th ? 21st century).
As we keep moving forward in time, he remembers that becoming ?emeritus? means becoming yesterday?s bishop!

How it began
I was appointed to Plymouth in November 1985. A phone call from the Nunciature inviting me to lunch came out of the blue and I was left speculating as to its purpose. As I had recently been a seminary rector for six years I was wondering whether heretical or dodgy teaching had been reported! I had finished my time as rector the previous summer and, after a short sabbatical, I had just started a new ministry at Brentwood. Tony, the assistant priest, and the people of the parish were incredibly understanding of their ?here today, gone tomorrow? priest as I packed up my personal belongings for the second time in less than six months. I am deeply grateful to Brentwood Cathedral parish for giving me a home for eight weeks where I could celebrate Advent and Christmas with them. I bade farewell to them as the Magi arrived at the Crib!

My pre-ordination retreat (between Christmas and New Year) was incredibly important, enabling me to sort out some of my confused thoughts. The retreat, guided by a sister of the Cenacle at Grayshott and based, in the Ignatian tradition, on silence and scripture, helped me to give some perspective on what was happening to me.

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