Congratulations to the Diocese of Exeter in the UK, on the appointment this week of former Benedictine monk, the Rt. Rev’d Robert Atwell, presently Suffragan Bishop of Stockport, as their next bishop. Visiting the area for the announcement, Bishop Robert said he intends to use the high-profile role to change the way the British Government sees low wages and rural poverty. “The gap between the poor and rich is much greater than four years ago and that’s the cause of real problems,” he said. “I see food poverty as an issue of justice in society.” View his remarks on YouTube.
Bishop Robert is a graduate of the University of Durham and Cambridge University, where he studied for the ministry at Westcott House and served as Chaplain at Trinity College. He is author of a number of books, including Celebrating the Saints, Celebrating the Seasons, Spiritual Classics of the Early Church, chapters on “The Life of St. Benedict” and “Benedictine Hospitality” in Gervase Holdaway’s The Oblate Life (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2008), and Soul Unfinished: Finding Happiness, Taking Risks, and Trusting God as we Grow Older.