Commenting, Bishop Tim, said:
“Michael has offered decades of exemplary service to the Diocese of Winchester, making an enormous contribution to the life of the Diocese during this time. Most recently he has served as Vicar of Chandler’s Ford, Master of St Cross, Priest-in-charge of St Faith and Archdeacon of Winchester. It is as Archdeacon that I have got to know Michael, but I first met him at General Synod. Michael has been immensely supportive of the church’s mission and a wonderful colleague. Over the years he has made a great many friends across Winchester’s parishes. We all wish him a very happy and fulfilling retirement.”
Commenting, Michael Harley, Archdeacon of Winchester said:
“I’m grateful to all the priests and parishes in Winchester Diocese for all the love and support they have shown in all the years in which I have served here. It is with a heavy heart that I am bringing to an end my time as Archdeacon, but I know the Diocese will continue to flourish in the years to come.”
Michael has been Archdeacon since 2009, initially also serving as Master of St Cross and Priest-in-charge of St Faith. Prior to this he served as Vicar of Chandler’s Ford. Following his ordination as a priest in 1976 he held a number of roles in Winchester Diocese, including curate, vicar, area dean, rural adviser, tutor, Chair of the House of clergy, honorary canon and General Synod representative.
Details about the process for appointing Michael’s successor will be made available in due course.