RIP Canon Dennis Sneath, Vicar of Camp Hill, Nuneaton
Posted on the 22nd August 2013 in the category Announcements
Sidney Dennis Sneath was born in August 1923 and after serving in the Royal Navy during the war, he entered Leeds University gained a BA in 1950. He began his ministry at the Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Nuneaton some 61 years ago being made priest in 1953. He was most probably the longest serving incumbent in the Church of England, having been installed in office before the mandatory retirement age was changed to 70.
Father Dennis, as he was known, became the first [and only] Vicar of Camp Hill in 1959, raising money for the building of the parish Church. There are many wonderful and almost mythological stories of his bold and remarkable Christian work in the area. Many in Nuneaton will remember him, some even from their school days after his outstanding work in the local primary schools during the 1960 and 70’s. One lady in her mid 80’s recently recalled how he conducted her wedding in 1954 making it a remarkable day.
Dennis was made an Honorary Canon of Coventry Cathedral in 1980 for his outstanding work and although he has missed his Diamond Anniversary as a priest he will be remembered with affection by all to whom he ministered.
He died on Tuesday 13th August in George Eliot Hospital after many years of illness. His body will be received into the parish church on Wednesday 28th August at 4:30 and his Funeral mass will take place on the following day, Thursday at 1pm.
May he rest in peace and rise with Christ in Glory.
Brian Regan ssc
We have a bishop!
Posted on the 2nd August 2013 in the category Announcements
"…a noble task" (1 Timothy 3:1)
From the Vice-Chairman of the Ebbsfleet Council of Priests:
Over the last two and a half years the See of Ebbsfleet has seen more that its fair share of changes. With the retirement of one bishop and the recent translation of his Successor, it is perhaps understandable that both clergy and people will have wondered what the future holds.
From before the public announcement of Bishop Jonathan Baker's translation to the See of Fulham the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, made it quite clear that a new Bishop would be appointed; and the discernment process began before his tenure ended. This process was graciously continued by the current Archbishop, The Most Rev'd Justin Welby, who has repeatedly said to those of us who have been involved in this process that promises were made in 1993/94 and that they should continue to be honoured.
In seeking to honour those promises the Archbishop invited both traditional Evangelicals and Catholic representatives to share with him in the discernment process. Great care and time has been taken throughout this period of discernment, and while the time taken will have seemed frustrating to many of the Clergy and the Faithful it is with great joy that the announcement could finally be made this morning that Canon Jonathan Goodall SSC, The Archbishop of Canterbury's Personal Chaplain and Ecumenical Secretary, has accepted the call to this noble task of being the 5th Bishop of Ebbsfleet.
Those who embrace this noble task, the Office of Bishop, are described thus in the Ordinal:
"ordained to be shepherds of Christ's flock and guardians of the faith of the apostles"
Fr Jonathan, in his initial comment upon his appointment released earlier today on this website (and elsewhere), writes:
"I'm eager to be with the parishes who belong to the See of Ebbsfleet and to serve as them as bishop, which has to mean giving my life for them."
In those few words we see already the embracing of this noble task, a calling which by its very nature is sacrificial; modelled upon the example of the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep. To fulfil this sacrificial calling, this noble task, Fr Jonathan will need our love, prayer and support as no bishop exercises his ministry in isolation from the Church.
Of course, Fr Jonathan, after many years in his current role, understands well the universal nature of the Faith, Order and Sacraments of The Church, and of how his role as a bishop is not only bound up with the Local Church, but also the Universal Church. He indicates this in the same comment released this morning when he writes: "But not only for them: as bishop I promise to give my life to the Church of God as a whole." He is thus well-placed to act not only as our shepherd but as a 'guardian of the faith of the apostles.'
It is this understanding of the universal nature of the Faith that leads us to take the stand we do on Faith, Order and Sacraments. The announcement today of the appointment of Fr Jonathan as our Bishop is indeed news of a great joy, for, as well as giving a Chief Pastor to the Ebbsfleet Parishes, it gives us that reassurance that the Church of England still is capable of understanding that what it believes, professes, and celebrates is not limited to its own self-understanding, but that it is intrinsically bound up with the Faith, Order and Sacraments of the Universal Church.
So let us rejoice that 'we have a bishop.' Let us give thanks that Fr Jonathan is prepared to embrace this noble task, and let us pray for him that our heavenly Father may prepare his heart, mind, soul and body to be our Bishop; so that as he prepares to take on the fullness of Orders, he may become increasingly conformed to Christ as an ardent but gentle servant of the Gospel. And please pray also for his wife Sarah, and their son Thomas (24) and daughter AnnaMary (19), that they may rapidly feel at home among us.
Fr Ross Northing SSC
Rector of Stony Stratford with Calverton
Vice-Chairman, Ebbsfleet Council of Priests
From our new bishop:
Posted on the 2nd August 2013 in the category Announcements
The clergy of the Ebbsfleet parishes are invited to read this statement in church
or make it available to members of the congregations.
Dear brothers and sisters, Dear Friends:
Now that my appointment is announced, I am eager to be with the people who belong to the See of Ebbsfleet, and be a bishop for you.
This new mission comes after eight years supporting the Archbishop of Canterbury's wider ministry ecumenically. In that role I have had the privilege of seeing at close quarters the infinite variety of ways in which the Church is alive and active around the world, and sharing in the joys and in the sufferings of fellow Christians.
Now I am asked to be of direct service to the Church myself – as a bishop, and especially as one of the episcopal visitors for the Province of Canterbury. This vocation is humbling, disorienting and challenging. I am very conscious of the trust that the Lord, through the Archbishop and those who have advised him in making the appointment, has placed in me. I hope that, through the grace of ordination and the prayers and support of many, I will be able to honour that trust.
The Provincial Episcopal Visitors are given a special responsibility: to care for those who, following catholic conscience, cannot accept the ministry of women in the priesthood and episcopate, to advise them and be spokesmen for them. Now is not the time for comment on that topic, or indeed on any other that is testing the communion of our church at present. What is entrusted to me now—as to any bishop—is more fundamental than that: it is the care and nurture of the Church, the body of Christ, in which and through which the Lord gathers to himself what is most precious to him – human beings.
Bishops seem to be talked about more but understood less these days. The bishop's main task is to be at the heart of the Church, proclaiming the Gospel in deed and word, a pastor of people. He is the heir of the apostolic tradition; and the spiritual guide of the Church. His job is to unite in communion the parishes and communities assigned to his care, and to maintain their unity with the churches in other places, through his relationship of communion with their bishops.
In practical terms, that will mean focusing on supporting you, working to deepen your communion and promoting your contribution to the Church's life locally. It means helping us grow in number, in prayer and in discipleship; helping us all to be close to the poor and people who have no other help; and encouraging dialogue with people who are far from faith. That means we must all foster vocations to marriage, to priesthood, to Christian community life, especially among the young.
Having been a member of the Society of the Holy Cross for over twenty years, I already know some of the priests of the See of Ebbsfleet. I now look forward to visiting all the clergy and the parishes in their care, so that I can know you and your setting, and be known by you.
I look forward to sharing my work in a special way with the Bishops of Richborough, Beverley and Fulham (my much-loved predecessor, and namesake!), and the other bishops of the Society, in serving parishes that hold traditional Anglican faith and practice. Together we must offer reassurance and support, journeying alongside our parishes through rapidly changing times that will leave no part of the Church unaffected. Christ shows us, and our discipleship tells us, that without the reality of loss and death it simply is not possible to give ourselves totally, fully, into the hands of God – so we must face it and dare to take the risks of faith.
And I shall want to work closely with all the bishops, especially the diocesan and suffragan bishops of the thirteen dioceses of the Ebbsfleet episcopal area, to promote mutual trust and reconciliation and thus increase our shared capacity for the kind of new evangelization that is so urgently needed in our country.
My ordination will be in Westminster Abbey on 25 September. I hope very much that it will be possible for you to be with me on that occasion. It will be the feast of Bishop Lancelot Andrewes, a brilliant light of profound apostolic faith in a very testing period for the Church in this land. That day I hope our whole church will be praying the collect for his feast with real sincerity: "perfect in us that which is lacking in your gifts: of faith, to increase it; of hope, to establish it; of love, to kindle it."
Please pray for me and for Sarah my wife, as we have already been praying for you.
in the Lord:
2 August 2013
Announcement of new Bishop of Ebbsfleet
Posted on the 2nd August 2013 in the category Announcements
I am delighted to inform you that Downing Street announced this morning that the Rev'd Canon Fr Jonathan Goodall SSC, the Archbishop of Canterbury's Personal Chaplain and Ecumenical Secretary, has been approved by The Queen to be the Fifth Bishop of Ebbsfleet, in succession to Bishop Jonathan Baker SSC.
Fr Jonathan's Episcopal Ordination will be held at Westminster Abbey on the 25th of September 2013.
The Reverend Canon Jonathan Goodall (aged 52), studied music at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and then, after some years working for Macmillan Publishers, trained for the ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He served his curacy in the Bicester Team Ministry in Oxford Diocese from 1989 to 1992, and from 1990 to 1992 also as Assistant Chaplain, HM Prison Bullingdon. From 1992 to 1998 he was Minor Canon, Chaplain and Sacrist at Westminster Abbey. From 1998 to 2005 he served successive Bishops of Gibraltar in Europe as Chaplain and Research Assistant, and Liturgical Officer in the Diocese in Europe. Since 2004 he has been a Priest Vicar of Westminster Abbey, and since 2005 an honorary canon of the Cathedral Chapter of the Diocese in Europe. From 2005 he has been Chaplain and Ecumenical Secretary to successive Archbishops of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace.
Canon Goodall is married to Sarah, a musician; and they have two children, Thomas (24) and AnnaMary (19). His interests include live classical music, walking, reading, and cooking.
Fr Ross Northing SSC, Vice-Chairman of the Ebbsfleet Council of Priests
2 August 2013
New Bishop of Ebbsfleet announced
Canon Jonathan Goodall (r) with Archbishop Justin
Friday 2nd August 2013
The Revd Canon Jonathan Goodall will succeed Bishop Jonathan Baker as the new Bishop of Ebbsfleet
Downing Street has today announced the appointment of the Revd Canon Jonathan Goodall as Suffragan Bishop of Ebbsfleet.
Canon Goodall will be ordained in Westminster Abbey on 25 September, together with the new Suffragan Bishop of Tewkesbury.
The new bishop of the Suffragan See of Ebbsfleet will be commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury to serve, in line with the 1993 Act of Synod, as one of two Provincial Episcopal Visitors for the Province of Canterbury.
The Provincial Episcopal Visitors work with the diocesan bishops to provide extended pastoral care and sacramental ministry on the Archbishop’s behalf, as well as acting as spokesmen and advisors, to ensure that “the integrity of differing beliefs and positions concerning the ordination of women to the priesthood should be mutually recognised and respected.”
Canon Goodall, who since 2005 has been the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Chaplain and then Ecumenical Secretary at Lambeth Palace, succeeds Bishop Jonathan Baker as Bishop of Ebbsfleet.
Commenting on his appointment, Canon Goodall said:
“I am delighted, as I’m sure many will be, that Archbishop Justin is demonstrating his love and care and commitment to our whole church by bringing the number of provincial episcopal visitors up to full strength. Although it’s a time of upheaval and uncertainty, I’m eager to be with the parishes who belong to the See of Ebbsfleet and to serve as them as bishop, which has to mean giving my life for them. But not only for them: as bishop I promise to give my life to the Church of God as a whole, and to build up the faith, trust and mutual respect that will bring our witness to life.”
Welcoming the news, Archbishop Justin said:
“I am personally delighted that Canon Goodall has agreed to take up the post of Bishop of Ebbsfleet after eight years of distinguished, wide-ranging service at Lambeth Palace, promoting our local and global ecumenical relationships very effectively. He brings to the post an exceptional intellectual ability, as well as a wealth of pastoral and personal gifts which prepare him perfectly for this key role during a very demanding time for the Church of England."
He added: "I also want to take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude to those who have exercised pastoral care for traditionalist priests and parishes in recent months, especially Bishop John Ford and Bishop Lindsay Urwin.”
About the Revd Canon Jonathan Goodall
The Revd Canon Jonathan Goodall, 52, studied music at Royal Holloway College, University of London. After some years working for Macmillan Publishers, he trained for the ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He served his curacy in the Bicester Team Ministry, in Oxford Diocese, from 1989 to 1992.
From 1992 he was Sacrist, Chaplain and Minor Canon of Westminster Abbey. From 1998 to 2005 he served successive Bishops of Gibraltar in Europe as Chaplain and Research Assistant, and Liturgical Officer in the Diocese in Europe.
Since 2005 he has been Chaplain and Ecumenical Secretary to successive Archbishops of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace.
Canon Goodall is married to Sarah, a musician. They have two children, Thomas, 24, and AnnaMary, 19.
- See more at: http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5115/new-bishop-of-ebbsfleet-announced#sthash.pVrbL5XV.dpuf
Ebbsfleet Regional Festivals
Posted on the 1st July 2013 in the category Events