The Revd Canon Alex Vaccaro, Associate Priest in the Kidderminster Ismere Parish and the Revd Hazel Charlton, Vicar of St Peter in Lapal have been appointed to new roles supporting different groups of clergy in the Diocese of Worcester.Alex will become Dean of Self-Supporting Ministers, while Hazel will become Dean of Women’s Ministry. Both of these are in addition to their current parish roles.

As Dean of Self Supporting Ministers, Alex will support those who are ordained as a priest, but who do not receive a stipend for the work they do. Many of these will be employed in the secular world. Alex will represent this group of clergy both inside and outside the Diocese.

She said: “Ordained ministry without a stipend covers a huge range of roles and contexts; hence the varied definitions of NSM (Non-Stipendiary Minister), MSE (Minister in Secular Employment) and SSM (Self Supporting Minister). Some of us were called to this particular ministry which presents us with both advantages and difficulties that may be specific to our roles; having the opportunity to share these with others in a similar position can be hugely helpful. I was very pleased to accept Bishop John’s invitation to take on the role of representing this diverse group of ministers in the Diocese and look forward to the opportunity to be both an advocate and a support.”

As Dean of Women’s Ministry, Hazel will represent and understand the needs of ordained women across the Diocese, becoming an official advocate for women priests both locally and nationally. She said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Bishop John has invited me to take on this role. I’ve found it incredibly useful to have someone in the Diocese who understands the particular issues of being a female priest and I’m looking forward to being alongside my clergy colleagues, journeying with them and supporting them through times of difficulty and joy.”

Both Alex and Hazel will be organising events for the groups that they represent, giving them a chance to come together to share any issues and socialise together. 

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The Diocese of Worcester is one of 42 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.

From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester.

Tel: 01905 20537 Mobile: 07852 302516
Email: ssetchell@cofe-worcester.org.uk