Clergy Licensings: At Launde Abbey and in Archdeaconry

Celebrating the work of our clergy around the diocese, in our parishes and at Launde Abbey, we share with you two licensings that have recently taken place in the Diocese of Leicester.

Early this month, the Revd Dr Catherine Wright was licensed Chaplain at Launde Abbey in a service carried out by Bishop Saju.
Revd Catherine was welcomed into the heart of the Launde community by friends and colleagues at the midday prayer celebration in the Abbey’s chapel.
During the service, those present reflected on the four key symbols that define Launde’s life and work: Prayer, Community, Hospitality and Sanctuary. These values are at the heart of Launde’s mission and identity and are what Revd Catherine has promised to uphold.
Revd Alison Myers, Warden, said: “Catherine brings with her considerable skills and experience in spiritual direction, vocational discernment, and in enabling spiritual formation. We welcome her joining us in our daily rhythm of prayer and are excited about her contribution to the development of the ministry based at Launde Abbey.”

The Revd Kim Ford was licensed as Assistant Archdeacon during morning prayer at Bishop’s Lodge on 7 November.
Surrounded by family, friends and diocesan colleagues, Bishop Martyn commissioned Revd Kim into the role, giving thanks for her work within her parishes and the leadership teams she works with.
Revd Kim has been seconded to the position of Assistant Archdeacon for 12 months, while retaining her current role at The Beacon Church, Hinckley (seconded from Team Vicar in the Oadby Great Glen Team Ministry).
She will give two days per week to the role of Assistant Archdeacon, supporting both Archdeacons Claire Wood and Richard Worsfold, and working with Assistant Archdeacon, Richard Trethewey, in all their work across the diocese.
Revd Kim said: “It is a real privilege to have the opportunity to serve as an Assistant Archdeacon. It is going to be a great challenge… I am particularly looking forward to being able to help individuals and parishes thrive and grow in our diocese, especially in this time of change.”

First published on: 16th November 2023
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