Diocese of Carlisle

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  • The Bishop of Penrith publishes new book

    A new book for leaders, authored by the Bishop of Penrith, explores what success looks like from a biblical perspective.

    Ambition: What Jesus Said About Power, Success and Counting Stuff is published today (21 November) and is the second book to be penned by the Rt Rev Dr Emma Ineson.

    It provides church leaders (as well as secular leaders) with an opportunity to reflect on the attendant pressures of Church growth which are allied with ambition, a search for success, and the need to monitor and measure outcomes.
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  • Prayer Hour for Brexit Reconciliation

    Church leaders across Cumbria are encouraging congregations to gather in prayer for reconciliation as a Brexit ‘milestone’ approaches.

    While EU leaders have agreed in principle to extend Brexit until 31 January 2020 - meaning the UK will not leave as planned on Thursday - a prayer hour is planned from 7pm to 8pm that day, with Christians across the county asked to pray that healing, love and respect be demonstrated by all, to all. Read more

  • Mission-hearted minister to lead ministry training in the Diocese of Carlisle

    A mission-hearted minister has been appointed to lead ministry training in the Diocese of Carlisle, the Church of England in Cumbria.

    The Rev Paul Dunthorne will take up the post of Principal of Initial Ministerial Education (Phase One) in January 2020. He will move to Cumbria from his current role as Dean of Licensed Ministry Training for the Diocese of Winchester.
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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

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