Clergy Retirement


Clergy who are approaching retirement and/or who choose to spend their retirement in the Diocese of Leicester are supported through diocesan officers in various ways.

The main diocesan contact is Andy Wessel (Bishop’s Officer for Retired Clergy, Widows & Dependents Association), who is happy to be contacted by retired or soon-to-be retired clergy.

There are many different paths to take for those who would like to continue in fellowship, support, vocation and development in their retirement.

For those retiring into the Diocese of Leicester from elsewhere, there is a summary of information about the diocese which you can download here.

For those who are retiring having previously been in the Diocese of Leicester, download the ‘Retirement within the Diocese of Leicester’ document here, which has some helpful information.

Retired clergy are still entitled to apply for Continuing Ministry Development grants (up to £160.00 per year) and are very much welcome at most CMD events.  


Growing into Retirement residential

Recognising the considerable change, challenges and opportunities of retirement, a three day residential ‘Growing into Retirement’ at Launde Abbey is available. All clergy (and their spouses) who have retired in the past three years (at the time of the course in November 2019) are invited. Follow this link for more information

If your last post was in the Diocese of Leicester or Peterborough, or you have retired into Leicestershire, your place is offered as a gift from the diocese.  

If your last post was elsewhere, and you are retiring elsewhere, the cost is £299 per person, but some other dioceses may contribute to covering that cost, so do make enquiries with the relevant diocesan office. 


There is also an active Retired Clergy, Widows & Dependents Association, which offers a range of opportunities for fellowship and support.

For more details, please contact the Bishop’s Officer for the RCWDA, Mr Anthony Wessel (T: 01455 822 404 racwessel@aol.com)