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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.

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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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Thy Kingdom Come 2024

First published on: 16th April 2024

The annual ecumenical prayer initiative 'Thy Kingdom Come' (TKC), led by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, makes its return next month. This worldwide prayer movement, which runs from Ascension Day until Pentecost, aims to unite Christians as they pray together for more people to know Jesus.

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Renewal of Vows and Blessing of Oils services

First published on: 27th March 2024

On Holy Monday and Holy Tuesday, clergy and licensed lay leaders from across the diocese gathered together at Manchester Cathedral to share the Eucharist, renew their vows, and bless the sacred oils

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New vision for Lahore Diocese

First published on: 5th March 2024

The Diocese of Manchester has had a link with the Diocese of Lahore, Church of Pakistan, for over 30 years. This link has flourished through visits to each diocese, together with an active linking of schools in both areas.

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Ordination of ‘Our Dave’ strengthens diocesan link

First published on: 13th November 2023

On 5th November, we celebrated the ordination of four new priests and one deacon in our link diocese of Lahore in Pakistan. Among them was Revd Dave Mackie, who has been working with the church in Pakistan for the last eight years.

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Safeguarding Sunday: 19th November

First published on: 7th November 2023

Safeguarding Sunday is taking place on Sunday 19th November 2023, and churches in the diocese are encouraged to use their regular Sunday service to explore together what safer places look like, and to thank all those working behind the scenes to make our churches safer for all.

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Area Dean of Bury and Rossendale announced

First published on: 3rd November 2023

We are delighted to announce the appointment of the Rev’d Canon Donna Williams as Area Dean of Bury and Rossendale.

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Mission Community gathers for shared vision day

First published on: 31st October 2023

Bolton North and East Mission Community brought members of its parishes together this weekend at St Andrew’s Church, Bromley Cross

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Diocesan Synod meets at St John's House

First published on: 19th October 2023

Last Saturday’s meeting of Diocesan Synod took time to consider our route to Net Zero, our Racial Justice strategy, progress with our Transforming Prayer Community and the Annual Report of the Diocesan Board for Education. 

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