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Appointment of new Chief of Staff/Chaplain to the Bishop of Carlisle and Diocesan Director of Ordinands

The Bishop of Carlisle has appointed the Venerable George Howe, currently Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness, to be his new Chief of Staff and Chaplain, and Diocesan Director of Ordinands. He will also be Archdeacon Emeritus.

George takes up his new appointment at the beginning of September, at which point he will move to Threlkeld, near Keswick, from his current home in Grange over Sands.

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George Howe (born 1952) has been Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness, covering the southern part of the Diocese of Carlisle, for the last 11 years, and has also been Diocesan Ecumenical Officer since 2001. Prior to that he served as Vicar of Holy Trinity Kendal from 1991 to 2000, and as Rural Dean of Kendal from 1994 to 2000. He has been an Honorary Canon of Carlisle Cathedral since 1994.

George was ordained in the Diocese of Durham in 1975, where he served latterly as Rector and Rural Dean of Sedgefield. George is married to Jane, who is Care Manager of Boarbank Hall Nursing Home. They have two grown up children.

George said his new role would enable him to build upon his passion for encouraging the ministry of other people:“I’m very grateful to Bishop James for offering me this opportunity to continue to serve on his staff team, but in a new role, in which I’ll be able to use my experience to give him more focused support in his leadership of the diocese,â€? he said. 

“As well as my work in his office, I relish the chance to help to foster and nurture vocations to ordained ministry, in my role as Diocesan Director of Ordinands. This builds on a passion I’ve had throughout my own ministry to encourage and build up others’ ministries, as a Vocations Adviser, Bishops’ Selector, and now in my present job as an Archdeacon.

“Jane and I have loved living and working in South Cumbria for the last twenty years, and there’s much we’ll miss in this wonderful corner of the county. Equally, we’re excited at the prospect of moving to another beautiful area when we transfer to Threlkeld.�


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