October 2012

Ad Clerum :
1af o Hydref 2012 October 1st Jerome

Take hold of the life that is truly life (cf. 1 Timothy 6.19)
Gafaelwch yn y bywyd sydd yn wir fywyd (1 Timotheus 6.19)

In this Ad Clerum…

• Exploring Faith
• News of the clergy family
• Important Dates for the diary
• and more!

Annwyl Gyfeillion,

Jerome was, by all accounts, a rather angular fellow, and not at all easy to get on with. However, he is a saint who took his Bible seriously, and wanted to understand the authentic meaning of Scripture, reinterpreting the text from the original Hebrew. He is, however, a reminder to take our bible seriously. I’m rather heartened these days about the stories I hear about successful Bible Study groups being set up in parishes, and of the renewed interest there is in studying our faith. Manon Parry has asked me to include with this Ad Clerum an update about the Exploring Faith course, which is gathering momentum in the diocese. As the nights close in, we may wish to think about how the evenings can be used in our parishes for study groups, and how we may encourage more study of the scriptures, and of the heritage of our faith.

Hwyl a Helo

I am delighted that James Harris has accepted the responsibility of acting as Inter-Faith Adviser for the diocese. James has a long standing interest in inter-faith issues, and will be a worthy successor to the good work undertaken by Anthapurusha. James will assume responsibility for this role in the new year.

I am sorry to announce that Susan Blagden will be leaving the diocese in December to take up ministry in Aberdaron in the diocese of Bangor. We will be sorry to lose Susan but I am sure that she will bring a lot to her new position.

Two NSMs have also indicated to me that they wish formally to retire towards the end of this year: Jean Stephens and Mary Wilkinson. Both have served loyally in their parishes for some while now, and we offer our warmest regards as they surrender their licences.

We join with Peter Pike and Deborah in the celebration of the birth of another grandson, Matthew Francis, who was born on 11th September.

We extend our sympathies to those members of the family who have faced bereavement. Brian Harvey lost his father, Edward, over the Summer, and Michael Balkwill’s father, Jack, died at the beginning of September. May Christ grant peace and light to all the departed.

Dates for the Diary

01 Octr 1800hr The Installation of Peter Pike as Archdeacon of Montgomery during Choral Evensong at the Cathedral.

03 Octr 1900hr The Licensing of Mike Powell as Priest in Charge of the Llanrhaeadr group of parishes at St Dogfan’s Church, Llanrhaeadr.

04 Octr 0930hr Open House Eucharist at St George’s Church, St George, Abergele. A warm invitation to all clergy and readers to join me for prayer, bible study and discussion.

6 Octr Diocesan Conference, in the Llangollen Eisteddfod Pavilion.

7 Octr 1530hr Confirmation at St Eurgain and St Peter’s Church, Northop. (This is change of location to that previously advertised.)

10 Octr 1130hr Retired Clergy Association Eucharist in Cathedral followed by lunch at Oriel House Hotel. The Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd will be the guest speaker, and an opportunity to say farewell as Trefor finishes his time in this role.

04 Novr 1600hr Confirmation at St Mary’s Church, Ruabon.

19 Novr 1900hr Induction of Ginny Burton at St Mary’s Church, Towyn.

21 Novr Area Deans Training Day, St Giles’ Centre, Wrexham.

Dates for the future

CMD Dates 2013 – Monday 25 February; Tuesday 11 June; and Tuesday 24 September.

Chrism Eucharist and the Renewal of Ordination Vows – Thursday 28 March 2013, 1100hr.

Ordinations – Saturday 29 June 2013, Saturday 28 June 2014

Diocesan Conference –Saturday 12 October 2013, International Pavilion, Llangollen. Please keep the day clear.

Residential Clergy School – at St Anne’s College, Oxford from Tuesday 9 September 2014 to Friday 12 September 2014.

Please enter these carefully in your diaries – there have been a couple of occasions recently when clergy have indicated to me that they had mixed dates up.

Notes and Queries

Chaplains for the Bishop
When visiting parishes for worship such as confirmations, inductions and other occasions I appreciate the assistance of two liturgical chaplains. I do encourage you to be creative in your choice of these chaplains and I am quite open to you choosing lay people and especially young people who can assist me with confidence. My Chaplain, Michael, may on occasion accompany me to such services, but we are both of the opinion that these are wonderful occasions to foster vocations and to give a special opportunity for others to assist the bishop. Please, therefore, assume that Michael will not be acting liturgically and think of inviting those whose vocation would be encouraged by such an experience as a chaplain.

Prisons Week
Prisons Week 2012 takes please between 18-24 November and the theme will be ‘Taking the Path to Life’. For more information please visit the Prisons Week website.

Renewal of Permissions to Officiate
Thank you to those who have already submitted their paperwork for the renewal of my Permission to Officiate. Applications are now being processed at Esgobty and new certificates will be issued shortly that will be valid until 31 December 2015.

A reminder then for those who have not yet taken any action, that all clergy who wish to continue holding such permission, or who wish to seek it now, should submit the following paperwork to my office at Esgobty for processing:

• Please complete the application form you will find attached to this Ad Clerum and submit it with your present PTO certificate having first had it countersigned by the area dean where you are resident.

Without a renewed certificate present holders of PTO will not have my authorisation to exercise public ministry in the diocese after the end of this year, so I encourage you to submit your papers as soon as possible. Those who have taken up my PTO in recent months will already have received certificates dated 31 December 2015 and, therefore, are not required to take any further action.

Twitter at the Diocesan Conference and Facebook
The Communication Officer will be updating the diocesan twitter feed throughout the conference on Saturday 6th October. To receive the Tweets follow @StAsaphDiocese. (There may be a lot of phone tones pinging during the Conference!) I also recommend to you who dip a toe into the world of Facebook that you “like” the St Asaph Diocese page, and get regular updates of news – and some lovely photo shots.

Thank you for your participation at the recent CMD day. I’m conscious that you are all making a great deal of effort to attend, but I certainly value having the day to work together and grow as a team. I also value the synodical session towards the end (although I can recognise the desire just to get back home) and I just wanted to stress again that I much appreciate feedback on those occasions about any concerns or aspects of diocesan life. It is a chance to raise any aspect of the life of the diocese or the wider Church in a context where I welcome being cross-examined, but also hearing the views of you all as a team.

With my continued respect and prayers for your ongoing ministry and service,

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