Meeting in Hartlepool

Fr Chris, just back from Rome, was travelling again this week. Not quite as exciting as Rome – he went to Hartlepool to represent St Chrysostom’s at Leon Rogers’ induction at St Aidan’s, Hartlepool. Leon was parish assistant at St Chrysostom’s several years ago, and another former parish assistant turned up to the induction too! Fr Chris writes:

Rumors were rife – was Bishop Justin to be the next Archbishop of Canterbury?  This seemed to be the topic of conversation in the Sacristry as we were getting ready to celebrate Fr Leon Roger’s installation as Priest in Charge of his first parish.

Ben and Leon
at the induction

Many will remember Leon – pictured here with another former parish assistant now also in Durham Diocese, Fr Ben Eadon – as a ginger haired, good natured guy who worked hard amongst us several years ago.

He didn’t play his bagpipes you’ll be relieved to hear. It was lovely to be with him in his new parish. And don’t children grow quickly – I hadn’t seen Alma (his and Carina’s daughter) since my ordination 17 months ago – she’s quite a young lady!

St Aidan’s are lucky to have him as their Parish Priest – and I’m sure we will keep him in our prayers as he begins his new ministry.

I was amused that during the service no fewer than 4 undertakers welcomed him – I was then relieved when he was also welcomed by one of the Headteachers of the parish. It’s not all doom and gloom! Fr Leon let it be known that he had attended nursery school in the Parish.


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One Response to Meeting in Hartlepool

  1. Darren Hackett says:

    Sounds like a good time was had by all. I am amazed how little has been said by the Gay Community and particularly by the Gay Christian Community about the new Archbishop Elect. In fact I find it a little disturbing as it cannot be good news. Out of all the candidates Justin Welby must on the face of it be the least suitable for a gay people of faith. I felt fear at the news as thought all chances of change were gone.

    Yours in Christ,


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