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Exeter Cathedral not just a “heritage theme park”

Exeter Cathedral not just a “heritage theme park”

Posted: 17th July, 2019

The Bishop of Exeter has said at a special service to honour the medieval bishop responsible for completing Exeter Cathedral that he hopes the building never becomes just “a heritage theme park.” Rt Rev’d Robert Atwell was giving the sermon at a Requiem Mass on 16 July to mark the 650th anniversary of the death of Bishop John de Grandisson, the man who is still Devon’s longest serving Bishop. Bishop Robert said: “Over the centuries,…

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Requiem marks 650th anniversary of Exeter Cathedral Bishop

Requiem marks 650th anniversary of Exeter Cathedral Bishop

Posted: 16th July, 2019

The Bishop of Exeter is to lead a special requiem mass to mark the 650th anniversary of the death of his predecessor, Bishop John de Grandisson, the man who completed Exeter Cathedral and is still Devon’s longest serving Bishop. To mark the anniversary a 14th century coffin pall (the cloth used to cover a coffin) has gone on display. It is usually kept in the Cathedral archives. The service on 16 July at 5.30pm launches…

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Women’s procession marks 25th anniversary celebration

Women’s procession marks 25th anniversary celebration

Posted: 15th July, 2019

More than 100 women priests from across Devon took part in a procession and service on 30 June to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first women being ordained. The procession, before the service, went across Cathedral Green and along Exeter High Street, including a brief stop-off at the Guildhall, where the women were welcomed by the Deputy Mayor. The women then gathered in a circle outside the Cathedral where they were led in prayers…

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Church community aimed at Exeter’s 30,000 students gets £1.3m to get started

Church community aimed at Exeter’s 30,000 students gets £1.3m to get started

Posted: 5th July, 2019

A worshipping community reaching out to Exeter’s students has been awarded more than £1.3m to get started following a successful bid for national Strategic Development Funding. The initiative will be based at St Matthew’s Church, close to the university’s St Luke’s campus and will open its doors in time for Freshers’ Week in September. The project is being led by former Exeter student, Reverend Ed Hodges. He has moved back to the city to take…

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From Syria to Ottery St My Daughter

From Syria to Ottery St My Daughter

Posted: 4th July, 2019

“When I came here I didn’t speak any English at all.” These were the words of Hani Arnaout, as he addressed a Parliamentary event in London. Hani and his family have lived in Ottery St Mary since September 2017, following the bombing of their house during the civil war in Syria, and then several tragic and gruelling years as refugees in Jordan. He shared the Westminster platform with other refugees, each of whom told their…

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Exeter street procession and special service to celebrate 25th anniversary of the first women priests

Exeter street procession and special service to celebrate 25th anniversary of the first women priests

Posted: 28th June, 2019

Women priests from across Devon will be processing through central Exeter this Sunday (30 June) ahead of a special service at Exeter Cathedral to celebrate 25 years of women being ordained. The first women were ordained on 12 March 1994 following a long campaign to allow women to become priests. Rev’d Cathy Roberts who has organised the event said: “We will be marking a milestone for women as we celebrate ordained women’s priestly ministry. “Come…

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