My word, episcopal announcements may take for ever (Dunwich, for example) but there's no messing about when it comes to this particular decanal announcement. Congratulations to Canon Tremlett on his appointment as Dean of Durham, surely, the best job in the Church of England at the world's finest cathedral. This more than compensates for missing out on being Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons in addition to being a Canon of Westminster. I wish the new Dean well as he follows in the gliding footsteps of Michael Sadgrove.
Gosh, like Dunwich, another runner. This new generation in the C of E hierarchy have certainly speeded up, one almost longs for the old lepidopterist days.
re Father David's comment about the retiring Dean of Durham's 'gliding footsteps':
I have only known one other Anglican clergyperson to practise the long-lost art of 'gliding', and that was Father Michael, S.S.F., in procession at Mass, at the parish church of St.Paul's, Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand; decades ago in the time of Father Prebble, of blessed memory.
The fact that his alb touched the ground during the procession, and that his gait was unearthly smooth, gave the uncanny impression that he had no feet and therefore appeared to 'glide'. This is a very difficult art, rarely practised today.
Has anyone else noticed that these statements seem no longer to include, as a matter of course, the college or course at which the appointees trained for ministry?
We are also told that the incoming Bishop of Dunwich "trained at Oxford," but not whether it was Wycliffe or St Stephen's...
The new bishop of Dunwich trained at Cuddesdon.
I wonder when Rose who has been an excellent Chaplain to the Speaker will be invited to be a Dean or a Bishop. She well deserves it.
Fr. Ron, with regard to gliding I remember many years ago in my teenage years going along to the Sunderland Empire to hear the Red Army Choir and to see the Georgian State Dancers and I can clearly remember the ladies of the latter beautifully gliding across the stage as though they were moving about on an ice rink. In procession Dean Sadgrove imitated their gliding movement to perfection.
Yesterday at the conclusion of a very pleasant day off in London I attended Evening Prayer at St. Margaret's, Westminster at which Canon Tremlett read the lessons and led the intercession. At the conclusion of the Office I detected no glide as he walked down the aisle to the West Door. On leaving the church I was, however, able to personally congratulate him on his appointment as Dean of "the greatest cathedral on planet earth, bar none".
I'm put off by Jean Maylands notion of people who deserve to be Deans or Bishops. This is not the way that I think about so called senior appointments. I don't happen to think Rose has the intellectual capacity that SHOULD be expected in such a job, but she would be one of a number in that position. Also - she seems to be doing an excellent job in the eyes of MPs and is surely doing greater things things for the Kingdom than the questionable effect most Deans and Bishops have?
Jean: I fear we may never know whether Rose gets 'invited' if she turns such things down.
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