We congratulate our Rector, The Rev’d Sean Semple, who has been invited by the Bishop of Hereford to become the next Rural Dean of the Ross and Archenfield Deanery. He will be licensed in a short ceremony at the Bishop’s Palace on the 29th March 2021.
As Rural Dean, he will provide missional and strategic leadership of the 40 parishes and churches in the south of the Diocese of Hereford and county, together with the Rev’d Tim Starling who will become Assistant Rural Dean when he takes up his post as Priest in Charge of the Wye Reaches Group of Parishes (near Monmouth) in the summer, and Major Patrick Darling who is the Lay Co-chair of the Deanery.
The appointment comes at a challenging time for a Deanery that has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and faces a number of clergy retirements in the next few years. Sean asks for your ongoing prayers as he takes on this important role.