Diocese of Carlisle

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  • Former St Bees pupil is new Diocesan Director of Education

    A FORMER St Bees School pupil has been appointed the new Director of Education for the Diocese of Carlisle – the Church of England in Cumbria.

    Vanessa O’Dea will join the Diocese in January 2020 after more than 14 years teaching religious education, latterly at St Teresa’s School in Surrey, where she was also Head of Boarding.
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  • Diocesan Director of Education announces retirement

    The Director of Education for the Diocese of Carlisle – the Church of England in Cumbria – has announced he is to retire at the end of the year.

    Michael Mill will officially step down at the end of December after eight and a half years in the post and more than 40 years working in the education sector.
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  • From Armed Robber To Vicar

    The Rev Matt Martinson stares into space as he recalls the moment he walked into a York post office to commit an armed robbery.

    “I can remember going through the door into the shop and there was a lovely lady behind the counter,” he explains. “I think she understood straight away that something was going to go wrong and to see the fear in her eyes is something I shall never forget." Read more

  • A Bible for the 'Millennials'

    For an author, there’s a certain satisfaction in knowing that your Carlisle book launch is the second most successful for sales – beaten only by the Harry Potter novels!

    And that was the case for Cumbrian-born designer and illustrator Karen Sawrey and her 224-page Infographic Bible; a five year ‘labour of love’.
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  • God’s ‘fireworks show’ launches Northern Pioneer Centre

    A dramatic thunder and lightning storm heralded the launch of a Northern Centre for Pioneer Mission in Cumbria.

    The formal collaboration between the Diocese of Carlisle – the Church of England in Cumbria - and Church Mission Society (CMS) was due to be marked by an evening’s paddle out to St Herbert’s Island on Derwentwater yesterday.
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  • New role for Diocesan Deputy Director of Education

    The Deputy Director of Education for the Diocese of Carlisle – the Church of England in Cumbria – has been appointed the Diocese of Manchester’s new Director of Education.

    Deborah Smith will take up the position in November 2019, having joined the Diocese of Carlisle three years ago. Read more

  • BBC Man's Road to Ordination

    BBC Radio Cumbria presenter Richard Corrie will never forget the moment he discovered he had been accepted for ordination – he nearly dropped his mobile ’phone in a deep fat fryer!

    The 45-year-old was working a Friday afternoon shift at the fish and chip shop he owns in Wigton when the call came through, confirming his success. Read more

  • Mothers' Union Appointment for Bishop of Penrith

    The Bishop of Penrith has been appointed the Central Chaplain of the Mothers’ Union.

    The Rt Rev Dr Emma Ineson takes up the position from today serving a worldwide organisation which is made up of four million members.
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