Over 800 people from across the Diocese gathered at Liverpool Cathedral on Saturday, 6th May to bid an emotional farewell to Archdeacon Ricky.
In the heart-warming and uplifting Thanksgiving Service the congregation were treated to performances from the Violins of the Liverpool Suzuki Group, St Nicholas Choir and the Men’s and Boys’ Voices from the Cathedral Choir.
The Visitation of the Liverpool Archdeaconry was also conducted during the service. Churchwardens and sides people from the five deaneries were admitted.
Dean of Liverpool, Pete Wilcox presented Archdeacon Ricky with a Cathedral Canon scarf while Bishop Paul licensed him as Archdeacon Emeritus. Bishop Richard’s inspiring and thought-provoking address had the congregation in both tears and laughter.
Bishop Paul later commented,
“Saturday was for me and for many in our Diocese an emotional day gathering to give thanks for Archdeacon Ricky’s ministry with us. He has been inspirational. I know many people across our Diocese have been touched and blessed by his ministry over the years, and our Diocese would be a very different place had we not been blessed by his work among us. His faithful example of priestly ministry and personal holiness is something that we should all aspire to match. I shall greatly miss his wisdom, his humour and his strength of character. My prayers, and the prayers of the whole Diocese, go with him and Jane as we wish him a well-deserved, long and fruitful retirement.”
Archdeacon Ricky is retiring after serving 37 years in ministry. He came to Liverpool in 1980, where he was Collated as Archdeacon of Liverpool in 2002. Revd. Mike McGurk will succeed Ricky as Archdeacon of Liverpool and his Collation as Archdeacon will take place in September. In the meantime, Archdeacon Pete Spiers has accepted Bishop Paul’s invitation to fulfil the duties of Archdeacon of Liverpool in the interim period.