Diocese of Carlisle

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  • Statement: The Rev Robert Bailey

    It is a matter of deep shame and regret that the Rev Robert Bailey, formerly a priest who served in the Diocese of Carlisle, has been sentenced to eight years and four months in prison for sexually assaulting children.

    There are no excuses whatsoever for what took place; abuse is a terrible crime and a grievous breach of trust, which has lifelong effects.

    Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who have been affected, particularly the victims and their family.
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  • Ordinations 2020

    Ordination services with a difference have been held across the Diocese of Carlisle – the Church of England in Cumbria - as COVID restrictions forced changes.

    Three separate Ordination of Deacons services were held at Carlisle Cathedral on Saturday, each with a maximum of 30 people in attendance.

    In a first for the Diocese, all three were livestreamed to the diocesan and cathedral Facebook pages. They can also be viewed on the Diocese’s YouTube channel.
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  • North West Bishops announce experienced team to lead new theological college

    The Anglican Bishops in the North West have welcomed the appointment of the Revd Dr Michael Leyden as the first Dean of Emmanuel Theological College, the new theological college announced in July 2020.

    Michael will be supported by the Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Mark Tanner, as Chair-elect of the Emmanuel Theological College Board of Trustees. Together they will be charged with delivering outstanding formational and vocational training for lay and ordained church leaders, in what is expected to be a nationally recognised centre of excellence for theological education. Read more

  • Bishop’s Harvest Appeal raises more than £80,000 for overseas projects

    More than £80,000 has been raised by the Bishop of Carlisle’s Harvest Appeal in the last three years to aid overseas farming projects.

    Two major beneficiaries include a Christian Aid scheme in Malawi which supports pigeon pea farmers and a USPG project in the link Diocese of Zululand to develop community food gardens to help empower local communities.
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  • Rydal Hall Christian retreat and conference centre reopens

    “We are delighted to open our doors again and to be able to welcome guests once more!”

    That is the message from Amanda Fogg, general manager of the Diocese of Carlisle’s Rydal Hall Christian retreat and conference centre, which has reopened following the COVID-19 lockdown.

    The hall, which has been providing Christian hospitality to people of all faiths or none since 1963, is situated in more than 30 acres of beautiful grounds near Ambleside.
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  • Bishop James pays tribute to Peter Maiden

    The Bishop of Carlisle has paid tribute to Cumbrian-born Peter Maiden, the former international director of Operation Mobilisation (OM) and former chairman of the Keswick Convention, who has died at the age of 72.

    Peter, who served, too, as an elder in his local church and on the Board of Trustees for Capernwray Hall and its Bible School, was also an ecumenical canon at Carlisle Cathedral.
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  • Couple to celebrate church wedding as coronavirus restrictions are lifted

    A south Cumbrian couple will be among the first to marry in church this weekend, following the lifting of COVID restrictions.

    Andrew Barker and Katie Wilson will exchange vows at St John’s Church, Barrow Island, on Saturday 4 July at 12 noon. Only Katie’s father and Andrew’s mum will be present to watch as the Rev Andy Batchelor officiates during the socially-distanced service.

    In March, as the coronavirus pandemic took hold, church buildings were closed for public worship, funerals, weddings, baptisms and private prayer. But last week the Prime Minister announced restrictions were to be lifted, with weddings possible from Saturday, though with a limit of 30 people.
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  • Archbishop’s award for Cumbrian Lay Reader’s 62 years of church service

    The Archbishop of Canterbury has honoured a Cumbrian church Reader for his 62 years’ service to local parishes.

    Melvyn Redgers receives the Canterbury Cross for Services to the Church of England, for outstanding continuous service in the vocation of Lay Reader since 1958.

    He joins Songs of Praise presenter Pam Rhodes in being honoured in this year’s Lambeth Awards, the fifth year of the awards. Read more

  • New Theological College planned for the north west of England

    The Bishops of Carlisle and Penrith warmly endorse the proposed provision of a new theological college in, and for, the north west.

    “We believe it is necessary and important,” they said, today, “to develop theological training which resonates with our diverse context. These proposals will build on the outstanding foundations laid by our current three institutions, and is a result of their success.

    “It will be unique for the north west and it will enable our very different dioceses to work together and to make use of some of the positive discoveries made during lockdown. We are very excited about what this will mean for Cumbria.”

    For full details please read the press release below, which is issued jointly by the dioceses of Blackburn, Carlisle, Chester, Liverpool, Manchester and Sodor & Man. Read more

  • Diocese of Carlisle Ordinations 2020

    Seven soon-to-be curates are set to start ministry despite the coronavirus pandemic forcing the cancellation of a planned ordination service.

    All were due to be ordained Deacon by the Bishop of Carlisle at Carlisle Cathedral tomorrow (Saturday, 27 June) but the coronavirus has meant the service has had to be rearranged. The ordinations are now set to take place at the Cathedral on Saturday 26 September.
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