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  • Hundreds thank the Bishop of Carlisle at his Farewell Service

    More than 500 people attended Carlisle Cathedral at the weekend to say ‘thank you’ to the Bishop of Carlisle at his Farewell Service.

    The Rt Rev James Newcome is set to retire at the end of August after 21 years’ ministry in Cumbria and he and his wife, Alison, will move to Oxfordshire to be closer to family.

    On Sunday afternoon, the congregation heard Bishop James preach on the encouragement he has both offered and experienced during more than two decades leading mission in the county.
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  • Hundreds set to attend Bishop of Carlisle’s Farewell Service

    Hundreds of people are set to attend a special Farewell Service for the Bishop of Carlisle this weekend.

    In March, the Rt Rev James Newcome announced that he would retire from his role at the end of August after 21 years’ ministry in Cumbria.

    Marking more than two decades of his leadership in the Diocese of Carlisle, the Farewell evensong will take place at Carlisle Cathedral on Sunday 16 July from 3pm.
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  • In Pics: Petertide Ordinations 2023

    It is wonderful to be able to share pictures of the Petertide ordinations on our Deacons and Priests.

    Services took place at Carlisle Cathedral on Saturday 1 July and in home churches on Sunday 2 July.

    Huge congratulations go to them all! Read more

  • Meet our 2023 ordinands

    In one of his final ordination services before retirement, the Bishop of Carlisle will welcome six new curates to the Diocese of Carlisle this weekend.

    They will be ordained Deacon by the Rt Rev James Newcome at a special service to be held at Carlisle Cathedral on Saturday 1 July at 11.30am.

    The group includes a Sellafield HR manager, a leading international actuary, a former church families worker, a veterinary surgeon, a special educational needs teacher, and a former school business manager. Three will be self-supporting ministers (unsalaried) whilst the others will serve as stipendiary (salaried) curates.
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  • New Dean for Carlisle Cathedral announced

    A South Lakeland vicar has today been announced as the 42nd Dean of Carlisle Cathedral.

    The Rev Canon Jonathan Brewster – currently Cartmel Peninsula Mission Community Leader and Interim Team Vicar in the parishes of Haverthwaite, Finsthwaite and Staveley in Cartmel, and Associate Priest in the parishes of St Paul Grange-over-Sands and Field Broughton with Lindale – will take up the post in September.

    The announcement was made this morning by Downing Street after His Majesty The King approved the appointment. It follows the retirement of the Very Rev Mark Boyling as Dean last September.
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  • Archbishop of York's Visit: In Pictures

    The Archbishop of York, the Most Rev Stephen Cottrell, joined the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev James Newcome, at the Appleby Horse Fair for the launch of a Gypsy Roma Traveller Friendly Churches initiative.

    They later toured other parts of the county, including calling in at Crosby Ravensworth CE Primary, the Junction 38 Truck Stop and Tebay Services on the M6 to explore its partnership with the mental health charity Growing Well, before a final stop at St Michael's church in Shap. Read more

  • Archbishops welcome Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Friendly Churches initiative

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  • Prayers for our 2023 ordinands

    Please do pray for all those to be ordained Deacon or Priest in just over a month's time. And please remember to uphold their families in prayer also.

    Six people will be ordained Deacon at a service at Carlisle Cathedral on Saturday 1 July at 11.30am. Read more

  • Bishop of Carlisle encourages prayers ahead of Coronation

    The Bishop of Carlisle is encouraging people to hold His Majesty King Charles III and the Queen Consort in their prayers, ahead of the Coronation.

    The Rt Rev James Newcome will attend the Coronation service - to be held in Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6 May – as part of his role as Clerk of the Closet in which he heads up the Ecclesiastical Household.

    The Church of England has published a special book of prayers - 'Prayers for the Coronation of King Charles III' - which runs from April 9 (Easter Sunday) up to the Coronation Day, and includes daily prayers, readings, and reflections.
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  • Cumbrian pair honoured with Maundy money

    Two people from Cumbria have received Maundy money in recognition of their decades of Christian service to church and community.

    Rob Cook and Doris Downton joined 74 men and 74 women - equal to the age of His Majesty King Charles III – who were presented with the money at York Minster on Maundy Thursday.

    King Charles was joined by the Queen Consort as he presented the Maundy money, having previously handed it out in 2022 on behalf of Her Late Majesty The Queen.
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