21 JANUARY HULL

ORATION

 

Rt Rev Richard Frith, Bishop of Hull

 

 

Chancellor

We are delighted to welcome to our ceremony today the Rt Rev Richard Frith, who became the new bishop of Hull a year ago.

 

Richard Frith was born in 1949, the son of a clergyman, and educated at Marlborough College, Wiltshire and Fitzwilliam College Cambridge. He began reading history, but soon realised he was running away from following in the footsteps of his father and elder brother by being ordained. He switched to theology, graduated in 1972, then undertook his theological training at St Johnís College in Nottingham. In 1974he was ordained a deacon, then a priest the following year. He was awarded an MA by Cambridge University in 1976.

 

His first position in the church was as an assistant curate at Mortlake with East Sheen, Southwark, which he held from 1974. In 1978 he moved to Thamesmead as team vicar and from there to Keynsham, Bath and Wells in 1983 as team rector. He was appointed Archdeacon of Taunton in 1992, which was his most recent post before moving north to Hull. Bishop Frith is enjoying the mix of city, small towns and countryside in his new diocese.

 

He has two sons and two daughters, and enjoys watching cricket, playing squash and going to the theatre.

 

 

Chancellor

 

Bishop Frith is making a substantial contribution to the local community in the very demanding position of Bishop of Hull. I would like to ask you to thank him for taking time out of his busy schedule to grace us with his presence as principal guest today, by presenting him with a memento of the occasion.