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General Synod to Scargill House: Our partnership with Finland is thriving!

First published on: 18th July 2024

The Bishop of Tampere in Finland, the Rt Revd Matti Repo attended General Synod last week to speak about the joint work of confirmation training between our diocese and Tampere in Finland, which is centred around summer camps for confirmands - and provides a training ground for junior leaders.

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GM Faith Leaders statement ahead of the General Elections

First published on: 27th June 2024

With exactly a week before the General Election, Greater Manchester Faith Community Leaders have today issued a statement calling on everyone to exercise their right to vote.

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Preparing for ordinations this weekend!

First published on: 27th June 2024

Preparations are now well underway for this weekend's ordination services. This Petertide, 32 people are being ordained in the diocese - 18 as deacons and 14 as priests.

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Bishop of Manchester’s Prayer for Gaza

First published on: 19th June 2024

The Rt Revd Dr David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, has shared a prayer for peace for the ongoing crisis in Gaza. 

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Bishop David's opening address at Diocesan Synod

First published on: 17th June 2024

On Saturday, Diocesan Synod met at St John's House, Bury. In his opening address, Bishop David reflects on the General Election, outlines five key values that Greater Manchester faith leaders share, and asks Synod to hold those standing for election before God in prayer.

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Foundations for Ministry celebrations

First published on: 22nd May 2024

Last Saturday at Bury Parish Church, 13 participants from around the diocese (plus friends and family) celebrated the completion of their Foundations for Ministry (FFM) course.


Casual Vacancies in General Synod

First published on: 17th May 2024

The results of the votes for candidates to two casual vacancies in the House of Clergy of General Synod can now be announced.

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Service to celebrate 30 years of women priests

First published on: 3rd May 2024

Last night, on Thursday 2nd May, Manchester Cathedral hosted a service to celebrate 30 years since the first ordination of women priests. It was a wonderful opportunity for colleagues and friends to get together to reflect on all that has been achieved over the last 30 years.


Farewell service for Archdeacon of Rochdale

First published on: 24th April 2024

A special service to mark the retirement of the Ven David Sharples, Archdeacon of Rochdale, was held in Manchester Cathedral this week. Hundreds of friends, colleagues, and clergy gathered for an opportunity to celebrate David's long and distinguished ministry and to bid him a fond farewell.

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Collaborative artwork to celebrate 30 years of women's ministry

First published on: 17th April 2024

On Thursday 2nd May at 7.30 pm, Manchester Cathedral will be hosting a Eucharist to celebrate 30 years since women were first ordained as priests. Bishop Cherry Vann will be preaching and Archdeacon Karen Best will be presiding and all are invited to attend. As part of the celebration, we are creating a piece of collaborative art to celebrate the work of women priests in the diocese.

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