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News in brief

08 March 2012



Dr Sentamu ‘very saddened’ at death of six soldiers

THE Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, said that he was “very saddened” to hear of the deaths of six soldiers in Afghanistan when their vehicle was hit by an explosion on Tuesday. Five of the dead were from the Yorkshire Regiment. “We hold daily prayers for this regiment in our chapel at Bishopthorpe. . . My heart goes out to those affected, we will continue to pray for you. We owe a debt of gratitude to our brave soldiers who are the best in the world,” he said.

New Dean of Liverpool announced

CANON Pete Wilcox, a Residentiary Canon of Lichfield Cathedral (right), will be the next Dean of Liverpool, it was announced on Wednesday. He succeeds the Rt Revd Justin Welby, now the Bishop of Durham. Canon Wilcox, who is 50, joined the Lichfield Chapter in 2006. He is married to the writer Catherine Fox, and they have two adult sons. He will be installed at Liverpool in September.

Canon Stacey appointed Dean of St Patrick’s

CANON Victor Stacey, Rector of Christ Church, Dunlaoghaire, has been appointed Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, it was announced last week. He succeeds the Very Revd Robert MacCarthy, who retired at the end of January.

New Bishop of Bedford appointed

THE Archdeacon of Leicester, the Ven. Richard Atkinson, was appointed to be the next Bishop of Bedford on Thursday of last week. Archdeacon Atkinson, who is 53, has been the Archdeacon of Leicester since 2002. He is married to Helen, a Professor of Engineering at Leicester University, and they have three grown-up children.

Bishop Cocksworth to chair Faith and Order Commission

THE Bishop of Coventry, Dr Christopher Cocksworth, is to chair the Faith and Order Commission (FAOC) of the General Synod. He succeeds the Bishop of Chichester, Dr John Hind, who chaired the Faith and Order Advisory Group from 1991, and the FAOC since its creation in 2010. Bishop Cocksworth said that he looked forward to the Commission’s rising “to the challenge of ecumenical, doctrinal, and moral deliberation that we have been given”.

New Board of Education Head of School Policy

THE Revd Nigel Genders, Diocesan Director of Education for Canterbury, is to be the new Head of School Policy for the Church of England’s Board of Education. Ordained 20 years ago, Mr Genders has previously served in parishes in London, Southwark, and Canterbury dioceses, and has experience as an area dean and as chaplain to two state secondary schools.

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