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A Report from Diocese of the UK Synod

May 2, 2016


At the 2016 DUK synod, Mr. Roger Bell was ordained to the diaconate by the Right Reverend Damien Mead.

The Diocese of the UK held its annual synod last month at the Central Hall, Westminster. 

Synod began with a Solemn Pontifical High Mass, the Right Reverend Damien Mead (Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the United Kingdom) serving as Celebrant and Preacher.  During the Synod Mass the Bishop ordained Mr. Roger Fredrick Bell (Our Lady and St Edward Confessor, Bolton) to the Diaconate. 

Following the mass, Bishop Mead addressed the delegates, introduced Father George (Jeen) Thomas (of the Syro Malabar Church), who is interested in joining the ACC, and welcomed Father Peter Jardine (St Matthew the Apostle, Ottawa, Canada - an ACC priest), who was visiting the UK.

In his Charge to Synod, Bishop Mead took Christian ministry as his theme.  He exhorted the delegates to "think about the most famous of all the songs linked with Mary, the Magnificat, a song about the redemption that God gives us in Jesus Christ, a song about a God who is faithful to his promises, and who looks at the world very differently to us, and in fact often turns the world upside down."  He noted that "the great Christian virtue is humility," and  that "the authentic Christian minister is the one who has been humbled at the foot of the cross."

As part of the business of the synod, elections were carried out.  For the Council of Advice, the synod elected the Reverend Canon Donald Walker (St Bede, Thames Ditton) for three years.  The Bishop’s nominee for the House of Clergy was the Reverend Dr Miles Maylor (St Deiniol and St Asaph / Cymdeithas Saints Deiniol ac Asaph, Pembrokshire, Wales). 

The synod further received Reports from the Bishop, Diocesan Secretary, Diocesan Treasurer and other Officers of the Diocese and all the Parishes and Missions in the Diocese.

The Bishop’s Award for outstanding Lay service to the Diocese was awarded to Dr Frank Wiswall for his outstanding support and work for the Diocese since its inauguration in 1992.

The next synod was set for Saturday, April 29th, 2017.

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