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Lake District vicar appointed new Bishop’s Chaplain

A Lake District vicar is to become the new chaplain for the Bishop of Carlisle.

The Rev'd Canon Cameron ButlandThe Rev’d Canon Cameron Butland, the Rector of St Oswald’s Parish Church in Grasmere, will take up the role in October.

It follows an announcement, in May, that the current Bishop’s Chaplain, the Ven George Howe, is to retire on 30 September after 40 years’ ministering in the north of England.

Cameron announced his appointment to congregation members at the weekend and will move later this year to be closer to Bishop’s House in Keswick, where he will work.

He said: “This has come as a great surprise but at the same time I am delighted and feel that a great trust is being placed in me. I look forward to working with others and supporting the vision and strategy of the Diocese.

“I think it is important that Bishop James, with so many commitments and demands on his time, has a team of people around him who are working to ensure that he is not overloaded, with the day-to-day matters.

“Hopefully in the office we can ensure that does not happen to enable Bishop James to continue to offer the leadership that the Diocese needs.”

Cameron originally trained as an archaeologist before working in the City of London. He felt a calling to ministry as a parish priest when in his 20s, serving in Wolverhampton and Oxfordshire before his appointment in 2003 to the Grasmere and Rydal parish.

Between 2011 and 2014 he also acted as the Diocesan Ecumenical Officer and is currently the Diocesan Spirituality Advisor, a role which will run in tandem with his chaplaincy.

He added: “In terms of spirituality there is a very real thirst and hunger among people and I’m thrilled that I can continue in this role.

“It will be strange to no longer be a parish priest. There have been times previously when I worked as a hospital chaplain and was not in a parish, but this will be a new way for me of being in the Church and that is always exciting.”

As Bishop’s Chaplain, Cameron will oversee the running of the Bishop’s Office and help with the continued implementation of the diocesan vision to make and grow disciples through the God

for All strategy, which aims to provide everyone in Cumbria with the opportunity to explore the reality of God and His purpose in their lives. He will also form a part of the Bishop’s Senior Leadership Team.

The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev’d James Newcome, welcomed the appointment of a new chaplain who, as well as acting as a private secretary, will offer spiritual support.

He said: “I am delighted that Cameron has agreed to take on the role of Bishop’s Chaplain and look forward to working closely with him as we continue the important work of growing disciples in Christ.

“I have been blessed with the tremendous support that George Howe has offered over the last four years and I am confident that together Cameron and I can continue to build on that.”


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