To all clergy and laity looking to the See of Ebbsfleet
Dear Fathers, dear Brothers and Sisters: dear Friends
Very soon after coming into post last year, I realised that to promote our life together in the future, and to help us take our part in the life and structures of the Church of England, I needed to restructure the liaison capacity between myself and the thirteen dioceses related to the See of Ebbsfleet. Therefore, in common with the Bishops of Richborough and Beverley (and the other bishops who minister to petitioning and other parishes), I have created a new role of Bishop’s Representative replacing the former regional deans of Forward in Faith.
After a period of consultation with clergy and laity across the area, including diocesan bishops, I have made the following appointments.
Bath & Wells Fr Julian Laurence
Birmingham Fr Oliver Coss
Bristol Fr Dexter Bracey
Coventry Fr Kit Dunkley
Derby Bp Roger Jupp
Exeter Fr Will Hazlewood and Fr Robin Eastoe
Gloucester The Bishop pro tem
Hereford The Bishop pro tem
Lichfield Fr Mark McIntyre and Fr Derek Lloyd
Oxford Fr David Harris
Salisbury Fr Richard Harper
Truro Fr Sam Philpott
Worcester Fr Mike Bartlett
The appointment is for three years, and is renewable thereafter.
Each Representative’s preferred means of being contacted appears on the Society website: http://www.sswsh.com/dioceses.php
The primary purpose is to enable me to have a local liaison point, a person who already ministers as a priest of the local diocesan family. My hope is that having this kind of colleague will support—not in any way detract from—my relationship with the clergy and the parishes that identify with The Society, and give greater capacity to our life together in Christ. The Representative will have my confidence, and is there as a support for you as well as for me.
Together the Representatives will constitute the Ebbsfleet Council of Priests, a body which meets three or four times a year to promote all aspects of the communion and mission of the See of Ebbsfleet. The vice-chairman will remain Fr Ross Northing.
The role-specification of the Bishop of Ebbsfleet’s Representative includes inter alia:
Please pray for them, encourage them, and use them. And bring to their attention any matter that you believe to be important to help us thrive in the Church of England in the years to come.