New Readers for the Diocese of Liverpool

The Bishop of Warrington licensed 13 new Readers this week, who will go on to serve parishes across the Diocese of Liverpool.

The Diocese of Liverpool is celebrating the Licensing of thirteen new Readers for the Church of England.

The licensing took place on 11th September 2010 at a service at Liverpool Cathedral, at which Bishop Richard Blackburn, Bishop of Warrington, presided. The Bishop of Warrington is the Bishop Suffragan and the second most senior clergyman in the Diocese of Liverpool.

Being a Reader takes three years of study and is an important part of the work of the Church of England. Readers are involved in many types of church work including teaching, preaching, leading certain services and helping the local vicar with the worship at the church. Readers are very often in work and as active members of the community bring a fresh perspective to the local church. For some, it is the first step to ordination.

Those licensed were: Keith Buckley, Sheila Pye, Scott Campbell, Timothy Griffiths, Carole Pye, Alan Anderson, Dorothy Baker, Wendy Ann Cocks, Paul Foulkes, Judith Ann Ronan, Peter Roper, Ian Stranack and Ronald Williams. The Readers will be based at parishes right across the Diocese of Liverpool.

This year’s intake includes people from a broad range of backgrounds, including a playwright, an engineer, a school administrator, a teaching assistant, a software developer and the wife of a vicar.

The Diocese of Liverpool is one of the leading dioceses in the country for the support and development of Readers, with over 280 carrying out an active ministry. These take a variety of forms including a reader who is Chaplain to Liverpool John Lennon Airport and others who are chaplains in prisons or who run churches in schools.

Bishop Richard said, “This is the first licensing of Readers over which I have presided since joining the Diocese of Liverpool in November. Each of these Readers has felt called to this ministry in their own way. They will have the privilege of leading services and preaching, teaching and sharing in the pastoral care of a parish. The Licensing service will acknowledge their commitment and the Diocese’s very best wishes for their ministry. I wish them all every blessing as they go forward to serve their communities.”