3ydd o Fedi 2012 September 3rd
Gregor Fawr / Gregory the Great
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…
• News of the clergy family
• Keeping the Education Octave
• Diocesan Logos
• Renewals of Permission to Officiate
It was very strange for me growing up with the name “Gregory” – by the age of eighteen, I had only ever met two other people with my name.
My parents certainly didn’t choose it with Pope Gregory I in mind, and I’ve been a bit non-plussed at how to observe the feast day as I have grown up, and more than a bit confused when listening to the collect being prayed.
Actually, I prefer to think of my patron as Gregory Nazienzen, but then I’ve always been drawn to exotica. I suppose that the name saint connection is one that is rarely consciously chosen by parents, but there are some nice stories about how the Church used to insist on the use of saints’ names at Baptisms in former times. (In the concordat which Napoleon made with the Vatican, one of the conditions was that only the names of Catholic saints should be used in baptisms in the French territories – a fourth century St Napoleon was shortly thereafter discovered and recognised in France.)
The value of connections with the great saints of our history is to remind us again of the fact that the Church is God’s family, and that we are all related in it. And there is a sense of vocation: that I should strive to live up to the reputation of that great Gregory, even though he operated at a greater level and with a deeper holiness that I will ever muster. I’m grateful to the cleric who gave me an audio copy of Gregory’s major work, The Rule for Pastoral Care, which sets out the expectations of all clergy, but particularly bishops. It provides some sharp critique …and a spur to greater endeavour.
So on his feast day, I write to encourage us all in our pastoral charges, and invoke the memory of one of the great saints of history to inspire and guide us in our diocesan life today.
A final reminder that the Church in Wales now keeps the Octave following the Feast of St. Cyprian (13 September) as an Education Octave. I have written to all our diocesan schools at the beginning of their school year, as I do every year, but I have in particular informed them of this octave and told them that our parishes will be praying for them and their work on 13th September, and especially on the following Sunday, 16th.
Please assist to insure that this is not an empty promise. Lead your congregations in prayer for our schools by name on Sunday 16th, and for your local schools, if you do not have a church school in the parish. The work of good education is vital to our society and to human flourishing, and it is an area of mission which deserves our prayers. And please follow up that link with a card or greeting that informs the teachers in your schools that they are important to you.
Hwyl a Helo
I am pleased to announce that Ginny Burton has been appointed as Priest-in-charge of Towyn. Ginny is modelling a forward looking style of team ministry with Kate Johnson and Manon Parry, as their six congregations (Abergele, Llanddulas, Llysfaen, Pensarn, St George, and Towyn) become a cluster group sharing ministry. I am delighted that the parishes have been willing to take this bold step of sharing ministry together, and supporting one another in their lives. Ginny’s induction will take place on 19th November, shortly after Stephen Lowe completes his transition ministry in Towyn, although Clive Southerton will assist until the end of the year to see Ginny in.
Manon Parry is also taking up responsibilities this month as Bishop’s Adviser for Ministry. In this role, Manon will continue working at Director of Exploring Faith, and will also take over responsibility for Initial Ministerial Education from Tudor Hughes.
You will have received some of this news by email in July, but it has been good in the last couple of months to welcome Caroline Evans as an Associate Priest for the Conwy Valley Group of Parishes. I have also announced that Mike Powell has been appointed to the Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant group of parishes, and Mike will be inducted at the beginning of October.
I have issued Permissions to Officiate to Philip Clarke, Richard Hindley and Vaughan Sweet.
Families are much in the forefront of thinking in the diocese at the moment. Richard Carter and Rachel are celebrating the birth of a daughter, Megan, and Adam Pawley and his wife, Rachel, are celebrating the birth of a son, Ethan. Chris Potter and Jenny celebrate the arrival of a granddaughter, Bethan, and Bill Rowell and Ann a grandson, Alexander.
Elsewhere, Matthew Wilkinson and his fiancée Sarah got married in July, and congratulations also have to go to Hermione Long who has become engaged to Wynne Morris, with the intention of getting married next August and to Manon Parry (three mentions in dispatches!) who is engaged to be married to Dylan James in the new year.
Our congratulations then to all members of the diocesan family who are celebrating births or engagements and marriages.
Tony Dilworth has resigned with effect from the beginning of this month. Our prayers remain with Tony and his family as they battle several significant bouts of ill health. Mary Wilkinson has indicated to me that she intends to retire from active ministry at the end of October, and Warwick Jaundrill has notified me of his retirement at the end of November. Our thanks go to all these faithful clergy for their service to God’s kingdom in this diocese, and we wish them well for the future.
I am sorry to report the death of Frank Haslam, a retired priest living in this diocese, and our condolences go as well to Hugh Burgess, who has lost his mother, Barbara, and to Glyn Evans, Reader at Llanfyllin, who has lost his father, Sidney.
Renewal of Permissions to Officiate
Three years have gone by very quickly since I renewed all Permissions to Officiate at the start of my episcopal ministry. As PTOs are issued on a three year cycle, it is now time for me to repeat the process and for me to request all those who hold PTO status in the diocese to submit their certificates for renewal. Subject to my approval new certificates will be issued that will be valid until 31 December 2015. Please check, but those who have taken up my PTO in recent months will already have received certificates for this later date, and therefore are not required to take further action.
I invite all clergy who wish to continue holding such permission, or who wish to seek it now, to 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.
I would be very grateful for the assistance of clergy and area deans in reminding priests who hold PTO in their area of their need to renew by the end of the year and to provide them with any assistance they may need.
Dates for the Diary
5 Septr 1800hr: Festal Evensong in the Cathedral to celebrate the visit of the International Commission for Anglican – Orthodox Theological Dialogue. A reminder that lovers of all things Orthodox will be welcome at this event …
8 Septr: We welcome the Cursillo Movement in Great Britain to the Cathedral for their National Ultreya. The movement will be meeting in the Cathedral throughout the day, which culminates in a celebration of the Eucharist at 1500hr. Further details of this major event can be obtained from Hugh Burgess.
10 Septr 1900hr: The Induction of Peter Pike as Vicar of Berriew at St Beuno’s Church, Berriew.
16 Septr 1500hr: Confirmation in the Church of SS Tysilio and Mary, Meifod.
17 Septr 1030hr: Becoming a Generous People arrives at Gregynog Hall, Tregynon, Newtown SY16 3PW.
25 Septr CMD Day: The focus of the day will be Christian Initiation, and will cover approaches to Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion. There are a number of pastoral, liturgical and theological aspects to wrestle with on all these topics, and Bishop Robert Paterson, Bishop of Sodor & Man, will be leading us through the intricacies, and setting out some signposts to most effective practice. The day will begin at 1000hr and finish by 1530hr as usual, and include a synodical session in the last hour. I am happy to receive questions or requests about topics to be covered in that closing session.
25 Septr: The final chance for folk to attend Becoming a Generous People in the diocese at St Peter’s Church, Rosehill, Holywell CH8 7TL at 1900hr.
01 Oct 1800hr: The Installation of the Reverend Dr Peter Pike as Archdeacon of Montgomery during Choral Evensong at the Cathedral. I particularly hope that all members of Chapter will be present.
03 Oct 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.
10 Octr 1130hr: Retired Clergy Association Eucharist in Cathedral followed by lunch at Oriel House Hotel. The Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd will be the speaker.
04 Nov 1600hr: Confirmation at St Mary’s Church, Ruabon.
Notes and Queries
Image Copyright Infringement on Websites
I pass on a warning to parishes to take care over the images they upload to their websites. There have been reports of two incidences where churches have been invoiced £900 and £1,500 by Getty Images after unknowingly using the pictures without permission on their websites. Ownership information encoded in digital photos allows owners to track where their images are being used and control copyright infringement.
Web masters may upload images to their sites unaware of the legalities of copyright or because the images were found without proper labelling on other websites, including websites claiming to stock only royalty-free images. This applies to photos even of thumbnail size. Please, therefore, make sure all images are copyright covered or replaced with your own photographs.
Logos and Graphics
I include a style sheet with some of the logos in use in the diocese for your information. Do feel free to use these in the appropriate context.
With my warmest regards for your ongoing ministry and service,