As a Cathedral Canon, our Vicar was involved on 28 May 2020 in the election of Bishop Mark Tanner as our new Bishop of Chester. One of the few perks of her job! Today +Mark’s election has been formally confirmed by the new Archbishop of York, who charged +Mark with the task of (amongst other things) “challenging the status quo (whilst encouraging what works well) and championing the diocese’s work with young people”.
Despite the fact that the Confirmation has been carried out via Zoom, the legal part of the process still seems firmly rooted in a previous century. No wonder the C of E is called the Established Church!
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…
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 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 participate – Deadline 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 Peter has announced that he will be retiring on 30 September this year. He has served as the 40th Bishop of Chester since 1996.
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
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.
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.