The Archdeacon of Liverpool will retire in May and all are invited to a celebration service on May 6th 2017 at 3pm in the Cathedral.
The Archdeacon of Liverpool, the Venerable Ricky Panter, has announced he is due to retire on May 6th after many years of distinguished service. Ricky took up the role in 2002 and, like Peter Bradley, also had a parish until they both went full time as Archdeacons in 2010. He has been incredibly hardworking, diligently helping steer our diocese through a period of change as we have pursued the growth agenda.
Ricky was ordained in 1976 in Manchester but has served most of his ministerial time here in Liverpool. From being Assistant Vicar with Bishop Bill Flagg at St Cyprian’s to Vicar at St Andrew’s Clubmoor and then to St John and St James Orrell Hey, he also served for a while as Area Dean of Bootle.
As Archdeacon he has made an immensely valuable contribution to a prestigious role in our diocese. His wealth of experience and knowledge has been of tremendous benefit to parishes across the city. Recently he has generously used his time in helping our new Archdeacons settle into their role.
Archdeacon Ricky said “I’m really glad to have had the opportunity to spend most of my working life in and around the city of Liverpool. It’s a wonderful place, and I think I’ve been fortunate to have one of the best jobs in the church. As an in-comer from the south, who has never properly caught the accent, Jane and I have fully accepted that this is God’s own country and can’t imagine living anywhere else. It has been a huge privilege working with the diocesan team and many wonderful colleagues in the deaneries and parishes. I shall find it hard to leave, but the time is right for someone else to take on this role.
As a sort of parting gift to the Archdeaconry of Liverpool, I’m suggesting that we might kill two birds with one stone – and admit any Church Wardens and sides-people who attend on May 6th then and there (one large Archdeacon’s Visitation) – so they could have another free evening in May… something I’m particularly looking forward to enjoying!”
On behalf of our Diocese Bishop Richard said "Ricky has been a brilliant archdeacon - generous, kind, tenacious, skilful - a tremendous servant of our Diocese. He is an outstanding colleague and I greatly value his thoughtful and prayerful approach that have helped us to remain focussed on our Godly priorities."
Bishop Paul added “There will be plenty of opportunities in the next few months to thank Archdeacon Ricky for his enormous contribution to the life of the Diocese over many years’ creative and faithful ministry. He has been a good friend and a real support to me personally, and I’m delighted that he will still be living in the Diocese and that his prayers and presence will continue to bless us all. May God be with him and Jane as the transition begins."