Suffolk’s new most senior clergyman praises county spirit

The Reverend Canon Martin Seeley, left, new Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich with The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Most Honourable Justin Welby. ANL-150514-170223001

The Reverend Canon Martin Seeley, left, new Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich with The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend and Most Honourable Justin Welby. ANL-150514-170223001

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Canon Martin Seeley, who will become Suffolk’s most senior Church of England clergyman next month, has been ordained as a Bishop at Westminster Abbey, watched by more than 1,600 people.

He is moving from his role as principal at one of the Church of England’s leading theological colleges, Westcott House in Cambridge, to become the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich after the former bishop, Rt Rev Nigel Stock, was appointed Bishop at Lambeth.

The formal start to Bishop Martin’s public ministry as Suffolk’s Bishop will begin after his Enthronement at St Edmundsbury Cathedral,Bury St Edmunds, on June 20 at 3pm.

The diocese covers the whole of Suffolk.

Bishop Martin, who is looking forward to serving Suffolk for the next 10 years, said: “I am thrilled to be coming to a diocese where the Church is so engaged with the life of the whole community. This is a diocese where people are committed to working together for the good of all.”

Bishop Martin, 60, is married to Jutta Brueck, a priest in Cambridge, and has two children, Anna, 14, and Luke, 12.

The new bishop, whose interests include cooking and playing the tenor saxophone, read geography and theology at Jesus College, Cambridge.

Before becoming Principal of Westcott House, he had served for ten years as vicar of the Isle of Dogs. He was installed as an Honorary Canon of Ely Cathedral in January 2008, and since 2012 he has served as President of the Cambridge Theological Federation, an ecumenical team of theological training institutions.

The Rt Rev Dr David Thomson’s has been the diocese’s acting bishop for 18 months.