Supporting retired clergy

Ordination to the Priesthood, in the Church of England, is understood as a life-long vocation. You remain ordained as a priest after retiring from office and have a vocation to ministry even if it takes a different form in retirement. Retirement does not mean that the demands of your vocation have ceased, although your ministry may take a different form with fresh challenges. 

If you would like to discuss your forthcoming retirement, or have recently retired and would like to explore further your future ministry, please email the Revd Dr Simon Hill, Bishop’s Retirement Officer or telephone 01284 754110.


Financial Planning during Ministry for Retirement and Beyond: 10 May 2023

A regional one-day seminar on 10 May 2023 has been organised by the Peterborough Diocese.  The aim of this seminar is to help clergy and their partners demystify financial matters, and to help you plan for your financial future no matter how far you may be from retirement.

Financial Planning During Ministry for Retirement & Beyond | PDF


Regional Pre-retirement Conference: 16 - 18 May 2023

More information for this residential conference for those stipendiary clergy within three years of retirement may be found in the brochure.  Booking is through the link to the Eventbrite page below.

Pre-retirement Conference brochure |  PDF

Conference booking page | Weblink 


Clergy and spouses retreat day: 27 November 2023

Enjoy a day together in the quiet surroundings of Pleshey Retreat House that may help you – practically, psychologically and spiritually – prepare for this next transition in life.  Book for this event on 27 November 2023 by clicking on the link below.

Retreat booking page | Weblink


Suffolk Clergy Charity

The Suffolk Clergy Charity supports the well-being of retired clergy and their family in a variety of ways.

Retired clergy are all those who either receive a clergy pension or who are entitled to hold a ‘Permission to Officiate’ certificate within the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, and who either live within the diocese or who were at one time licenced to the diocese.  Widow(er)s of retired clergy are also eligible for support from the Suffolk Clergy Charity. Charity no. 1002233.  

For further information, please send an email to  Or alternatively, please download our leaflet including an application form: 

Leaflet | PDF






You may complete the application form in the booklet and email the form to make a grant application to:  Or complete the online form below.

The Suffolk Clergy Charity is also able to assist you should you wish to make a grant application to other appropriate charities, such as the Clergy Support Trust and the Frances Ashton Charity: | Weblink | Weblink

We are here to help you, whatever your circumstances.

Click here to complete an application form

Supporting the well-being of retired clergy and their families

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