Archbishop of Wales Dr. Barry Morgan, will retire at the end of January 2017 on his 70th birthday, the announcement was made on August 23rd, 2016.
Archbishop Morgan’s retirement will come just over a year after the death of his wife Hilary from cancer.
Dr. Morgan has served the Church in Wales as a bishop for twenty four years and the last fourteen of them as Archbishop.
He is the longest serving Primate in the Anglican Communion. Dr. Morgan was elected as the 12th Archbishop of Wales in 2003, following Dr Rowan Williams on his appointment as Archbishop of Canterbury.
Dr. Morgan said “It has been an enormous privilege to serve as Archbishop of Wales and Bishop of Llandaff and to do so during such a momentous era in Welsh life. It’s been a rollercoaster ride but all along I have been sustained and inspired by the people I meet, day in day out, who live out God’s love in every part of Wales through their commitment and devotion to their churches and communities.”
“I would like to thank all those who have supported, shared and upheld me in my ministry over the years, particularly since Hilary’s death – the loss of her love, encouragement and friendship has been enormously hard to bear,” he said.
The leader of the devolved government in Wales, First Minister Carwyn Jones and The Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, John Davies paid tributes to Archbishop Morgan for his advice and wisdom on matters affecting the economic, social and cultural life in Wales; and also for his strong views and clear Christian convictions.
During his tenure as Archbishop, Dr. Morgan has championed many changes in the Church in Wales, including a change in its law to enable women to be ordained as bishops and the implementation of a radical strategy, 2020 Vision, to help the church grow and prosper in the approach to its centenary year.