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New Readers licensed

New Readers after their licensing 18 Sep 2017

Two new Readers have been licensed by Bishop John.

Two people from parishes in the Diocese were admitted to the office of Reader on Saturday in Worcester Cathedral. The Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge, conducted the service, licensing the individuals to minister in the parishes they have been called to serve.Readers are trained and licensed lay ministers in the Church of England authorised in particular to exercise a ministry of preaching and teaching. They undergo a two year training course before being admitted to the role, after which they carry out a wide range of tasks within their parishes and beyond, especially helping others to reflect on their ... more

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New Ministerial Experience Scheme begins

Ministry Experience scheme 2017 candidates 14 Sep 2017

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Walk of Friendship

Where: Birmingham RC Cathedral to Lichfield Cathedral
When: 23 September 2017

The walk will begin at the midlands hub of the Roman Catholic Church – the Metropolitan Cathedral Church and Basilica of St Chad, Birmingham – and end at the historic mother-church of Mercia, the Anglican Cathedral of St Mary and St Chad, Lichfield.

The St Chad Pilgrimage celebrates the fact that, 500 years on from their cataclysmic division, Catholics and Protestants have resolved many of the doctrinal issues that once separated them and are now, more than ever before, walking, praying and working together in respect, friendship and co-operation. The pilgrimage is open to Christian people of all denominations old and new, as well as to people of goodwill who are in sympathy with its aims and ethos.

The Route

Pilgrims will leave St Chad’s Cathedral and walk northwards for three miles along canal towpaths, passing underneath ‘Spaghetti Junction.’ They will walk for four miles along cycle paths and greenways through Brookvale Park, past Witton Lakes and on to Bannersgate. The pilgrimage route continues northwards through the entire length of Sutton Park, before following the Roman Road to reach St Peter’s(Anglican) Church, Little Aston (pictured). Here walkers will be able to take a short lunch break, having completed eleven miles of walking.

Leaving St Peter’s Church and crossing the A454 Walsall Road, the walk continues north through country lanes and fields, passing underneath the M6 Toll Road and A5 Wall Bypass. Following Ashcroft Lane, Wall Lane and Claypit Lane, pilgrims arrive at Lichfield and proceed to the Cathedral of St Mary and St Chad.


Bearing in mind that timings in such a pilgrimage can only be approximate, the plan is as follows:

8.15am – St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, will open its doors to welcome pilgrims. Drinks and toilets will be available.

9.00am – A short gathering and blessing will herald the start of the pilgrimage. Groups of walkers will leave at five-minute intervals.

1.30pm – Short lunch stop at St Peter’s Church, Little Aston, where drinks and toilet facilities will be available.

2.15pm – Depart from St Peter’s, Church

4.45pm – Arrive at the Cathedral of St Mary and St Chad, Lichfield

5.00pm – Short official welcome ceremony outside the West Door of the Cathedral

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