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Mother Superior dies after 55 years in role

Mother Superior dies after 55 years in role

Posted: 25th February, 2019

The Mother Superior of an Anglican order of nuns in Devon has died leaving just one member of the order left. Mother Hilary of the Franciscan Servants of Jesus and Mary, based in Posbury St Francis, near Crediton, died on Saturday 9 February at the age of 92. She had been Mother Superior for 55 years. Assistant Bishop Martin Shaw from the Diocese of Exeter, who had an aunt at the convent, said:  “Mother Hilary…

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Holy Land trip inspires photographer turned curate

Holy Land trip inspires photographer turned curate

Posted: 25th February, 2019

“You’ve got to imagine away a lot of the roads and the modern stuff but with a bit of effort you could put yourself back in the original place.” Huw Riden is a former commercial photographer and member of the armed forces who was ordained in Exeter in 2017. He’s now a Curate in the Benefice of Littleham cum Exmouth with Lympstone. In January he was among 16 curates from the Diocese of Exeter who…

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Plans to give churches more flexibility over services welcomed

Plans to give churches more flexibility over services welcomed

Posted: 22nd February, 2019

Plans to give churches more choice about how often they hold services have been welcomed by the acting Archdeacon of Plymouth Nick Shutt. This week the Church of England’s General Synod approved legislation increasing flexibility for worship schedules in multi-parish benefices (groups of churches overseen by a team rector) many of which are in rural areas. The Reverend Prebendary Nick Shutt, whose churches are based in the west Dartmoor area, said: “I have been the…

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New Chaplain for University of Exeter

New Chaplain for University of Exeter

Posted: 22nd February, 2019

The Reverend Hannah Alderson has been appointed as the University of Exeter’s Lazenby Chaplain. Hannah is currently St. Luke’s Chaplain and Vocations Officer for the Diocese of Exeter.  In her new role she will head up a reconfigured Anglican Chaplaincy Team which will work across both university sites in Exeter (Streatham and St Luke’s).  Hannah will also be a member of the Multifaith Chaplaincy Team. Hannah, said: “Over the last two-and-a-half years I’ve had the…

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Thank God it’s Monday?

Posted: 20th February, 2019

The theme for this year’s Mission Shed Central is ‘Thank God it’s Monday’ / #TGIM . The event on 6 April at St Andrews Church Cullompton is all about exploring what it means to be a disciple of Jesus in our everyday lives not just on Sundays at church. The keynote speakers will include Bishop Jackie, the Bishop of Crediton,  Ros Turner from Transforming work and Father Simon Cuff from St Mellitus College. There will also be…

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“Child-like” image of the cross communicates by simplicity

“Child-like” image of the cross communicates by simplicity

Posted: 13th February, 2019

Bishop Robert’s latest letter to the diocese in the Devon Magazine for March reflects on artist Craigie Aitchison’s work Calvary 1998: Unlike some contemporary painters where you need an information pack to tell you what they’re painting, Craigie Aitchison’s work communicates by its simplicity. I first encountered his work in Truro Cathedral and then in a side chapel in King’s College, Cambridge for which he had been commissioned shortly before his death in 2009. There…

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