Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Bishop of Sodor and Man Robert Paterson to retire

The Right Reverend Robert Paterson
Image caption The Right Reverend Robert Paterson was formally consecrated as Bishop of Sodor and Man in 2008

The Bishop of Sodor and Man says he will retire later this year.

The Right Reverend Robert Paterson, 67, has served the Diocese of Sodor and Man since 2008, as well as holding a seat on the island's Legislative Council.

He told Manx Radio his decision to retire on 11 November was motivated "purely by age".

Sodor and Man is the smallest diocese in the Church of England, overseeing 45 churches and 27 parishes.

Image copyright Svetlana Cameron
Image caption Right Rev Robert Paterson had his portrait painted by island-based artist Svetlana Cameron in 2014

Before moving to the Isle of Man, he was a parish priest in Wales and chaplain to the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu.

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