CHESTER, England (CNS) — A retired English Catholic bishop will lead an Anglican diocese’s retreat for those to be ordained as deacons.
Retired Bishop Brian Noble of Shrewsbury will lead the June 26-28 retreat and preach at the ordination service at the Church of England’s Chester Cathedral June 29.
Bishop Noble, an ecumenical canon of Chester Cathedral, will spend time with candidates for the diaconate as they gather for three days of spiritual reflection at the Chester diocesan retreat center in Frodsham. He will lead morning and evening prayers during his stay.
This year, the Anglican Diocese of Chester has 21 candidates for the diaconate, a number equaled only once in the past 10 years.
Anglican Bishop Peter Forster of Chester invited his friend Bishop Noble to lead the spiritual retreat.
“He is already well-known to the cathedral, and perhaps the best way to advance ecumenism today is through practical cooperation and common mission,” Bishop Forster said.
Bishop Noble said he was “happy and honored to have been invited by Bishop Peter to accompany in retreat those now about to embark on their new commitment to service. Pray for them and for myself.”
Join the CatholicPhilly.com family
CatholicPhilly.com works to strengthen the connections between people, families and communities every day by delivering the news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live.
By your donation in any amount, you and hundreds of other people become part of our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community and sustain CatholicPhilly.com as your trusted news source. Thank you in advance!
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
PREVIOUS: European church leaders welcome court ruling on religious rights
NEXT: None of your business? How church and finance may profit together
Are all of the deacon candidates male?
If there are females being ordained, how can a Catholic bishop take part in such a service?