Rural Dean of Macclesfield 2014-2019

Canon Veronica has completed her five-year stint as Rural Dean of Macclesfield. A number of well-wishers from around the Deanery showed their appreciation…

Gifts of a mainly liquid variety

Revd Dr John Harries, Vicar of the Peak Parishes (Bosley, Sutton, Wildboarclough and Wincle ) was Commissioned as the next Rural Dean of Macclesfield at St James, Sutton on Tuesday 10 September, one of Bishop Peter’s last services before he retires at the end of September.

The next Bishop of Chester

#YourBishList – Have your say!

copied from the Diocesan Website

The Church of England is looking to appoint the next Bishop of Chester to lead the Diocese of Chester, and the Vacancy in See Committee is seeking your views on who that person should be and the qualities he or she should have. 

Click HERE to participateDeadline for submissions: 10 September

Comments will be received and read by the Vacancy in See Committee, the group tasked with preparing a brief description of the diocese and a statement setting out the desired profile of the next bishop.

Bishop of Chester to retire.

Bishop Peter has announced that he will be retiring on 30 September this year. He has served as the 40th Bishop of Chester since 1996.

Official portrait of The Lord Bishop of Chester – by Chris McAndrew

Bishop Keith (Birkenhead) will become acting Bishop of Chester from 1 October until Bishop Peter’s successor is in post. No Suffragan Bishop of Stockport will be appointed before we have a new Bishop of Chester.

Putting the final piece into our mosaic – May 2014

Veronica made Honorary Canon of Chester Cathedral – March 2014

Revd Simon Marsh – A message from Bishop Peter

A statement from the Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Peter Forster, following the Judgement of the Clergy Discipline Tribunal in the case of the Revd Simon Marsh, a former incumbent of St John the Baptist, Bollington:

Following the decision of the Tribunal fully to uphold the charges against the Revd Simon Marsh, I am greatly saddened that a member of the clergy in the Diocese of Chester should so misuse his position and abuse a vulnerable young woman.

I would pay tribute to the courage of the Complainant in supporting the formal complaint and being willing to submit herself to cross-examination during the hearing. I apologise unreservedly to her on behalf of the Church, and we will continue to offer pastoral support to her.

This is a sad and inexcusable tale of the abuse of trust and power by a priest of the Church of England. We will do all that we can to minimize the likelihood of the recurrence of such abuse.

It is now nearly 5 years since the original complaint was made to the police. This has been a very difficult time for the parish of St Michael, Bramhall, and I pay tribute to all those who have enabled the worship and wider life of the parish to continue with admirable resilience. We will now move as quickly as possible to appoint a new Vicar.

Rt Revd Peter Forster
Bishop of Chester

Read the full judgement and penalty decision on the Church of England website.

Kirsty Allan ordained as deacon

Kirsty is from Veronica’s previous parish (Timperley) but those parishioners from Bollington who have visited the Delhi Brotherhood in India will probably know her. She was ordained deacon in Chester Cathedral on 22 July 2018 and Fr Monodeep and Fr Raju from Delhi were able to attend.

The cathedral was packed for this joyous occasion.

Afterwards there was cake. And angels.

Kirsty will be curate at Wilmslow later this year.

We wish you luck, Gary

Revd Dr Gary Bowness celebrated the Eucharist at St Oswald’s this morning for the last time before leaving for pastures new in the Lancaster area. The choir regaled him with a surprise rendition of…

We wish you luck as we wave you goodbye.
Cheerio, there you go, on your way.
We wish you luck as we wave you goodbye.
Not a tear but a cheer, on your way.
You’ve got what it takes
To relax in the Lakes
And your smile will lighten their way.
We may meet once again by and by!
We wish you luck as we wave you goodbye.