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  • Prayers for our 2024 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.

    Seven people will be ordained Deacon at a service at Carlisle Cathedral on Saturday 29 June at 11.30am.
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  • Cumbrian former nun pens convent murder mystery

    A former nun, turned writer and therapist, has written a murder mystery novel, set in a convent.

    Helen Weston, whose spent five years in Anglican convents - during which time she met her future husband David, who was then a Benedictine abbot - will launch Silence Interrupted in Carlisle this evening (Thursday 16 May).

    The novel will be Helen’s third book, following her memoir The Winter is Past, which told the story of her clandestine romance, and her first novel It is solved by Walking, a suspense story, drawing on her work as a therapist.
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  • Cumbrian vicar and congregants feature in Lake District Rescue TV series

    A Cumbrian vicar and two of his congregation members have featured in a new TV series focusing on the work of the county’s mountain rescue teams.

    The Rev Paul Kerry and Phil Hall are both volunteer members of the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team. Paul is currently the wellbeing lead for the team – supporting the resilience and mental health of volunteers and their families - whilst Phil is a team leader.

    Last year, a camera crew was welcomed into St Bridget’s Moresby to film Paul christen two of the children Phil has with partner, Steph Kelly. The baptism service for Gabriel, 2, and Sebastian, 1, has just featured in the third episode of Lake District Rescue, which aired on More4 on Sunday evening.
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  • Cumbrian pair honoured with Maundy money

    Two people from Cumbria have spoken of their shock at being nominated for Maundy money recognising decades of Christian service to their churches and community.

    Brian Davis and Joan White were among 75 men and 75 women - equal to the age of His Majesty King Charles III – to be presented with the money at Worcester Cathedral on Maundy Thursday.

    Her Majesty Queen Camilla presented the Maundy money as King Charles was unable to attend while he has treatment for cancer. He recorded a message that was played at the Cathedral in which he spoke of his "great sadness" at missing the service. Read more

  • Chrism Eucharist: In Pictures

    A selection of pictures have been uploaded following the Chrism Eucharist and Blesssing of Oils at Carlisle Cathedral on Maundy Thursday. Read more

  • The Bishop of Penrith’s Easter Message 2024

    In his Easter message, the Bishop of Penrith reflects on how God breathes new life into dust and dirt, making it glorious again.

    In opening his Easter message, the Rt Rev Rob Saner-Haigh, who is also the Acting Bishop of Carlisle, references the poem Ash Wednesday by Jan Richardson.

    Bishop Rob says: “In it she talks about how things and people, which can feel like dust and dirt, are made glorious and beautiful by what God does with them. God does amazing things with dust.”
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  • New Archdeacon of Carlisle Appointed

    A vicar who was born and raised in Cumbria, later serving her curacy in the county, is to be the new Archdeacon of Carlisle.

    The Rev Ruth Newton will take up the post in August, succeeding the Ven Richard Pratt who will retire at the end of March. She will take responsibility for the Deaneries of Carlisle, Brampton, Penrith and Appleby.

    For Ruth it means a return to her home county, having been brought up in Carlisle, later working in the city and - following her ordination in 2002 - serving the parishes of Caldbeck, Castle Sowerby and Sebergham. She is currently serving as a Vicar near Ripon. Read more

  • Archdeacon of Carlisle’s Thanksgiving Service

    Scores of people attended a special Evensong celebrating the ministry of the Archdeacon of Carlisle who is soon to retire.

    The Ven Richard Pratt will step down from the role at the end of March after more than 26 years serving the Diocese of Carlisle in various roles.

    On Sunday night people gathered at St Mary’s Harrington for the special service to thank Richard and his wife Diane for all their years of ministry.
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  • Diocese supports ‘Caring for the Carers’ project for a second year

    More than 30 health and social care staff will benefit from special free ‘Caring for the Carers’ days to be run in the Lake District this year, supported by the Diocese of Carlisle.

    The scheme is a collaborative project between the Diocese and the Sacred Space Foundation - a non-profit, non-denominational retreat centre and charitable trust in Cumbria - and builds on the success of previous retreat and residential days which have benefited 80 carers.
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  • Diocese awarded nearly £600,000 to support mission and ministry

    The Diocese of Carlisle has been awarded nearly £600,000 by the Church Commissioners to further support mission and ministry across Cumbria.

    The money will fund the creation of a new church planting lead role for the next three years, plus the appointment of a new Archdeacon of Carlisle, and a post focusing on growing vocations to ministry in the local church. It will also provide continued project management support for the next year.

    The new Archdeacon of Carlisle will continue to act as a Strategy Development Officer as part of our ecumenical county’s God for All vision and strategy. Details of the successful bid application will be discussed by Diocesan Synod members at their meeting this Saturday (9 March).
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