Diocese of Brechin People News


Diocese of Brechin: “People” News: March 2020

Clergy Retirements
The Rev Clive Clapson, Rector of St Salvador’s Dundee, will formally demit office and retire on the 1st June 2020.  Clive has been the Rector of St Salvador’s since 2005, and in that time has maintained a pattern of Anglo-catholic worship in the beautiful building and overseen the significant and well-renowned Food Cupboard project to support the hungry of the Hilltown area of Dundee. Nearly 100 people are fed and given supplies each Sunday in the church building. 
Further details of final services and other celebrations to thank Clive and Katie for their time and ministry in the Diocese will be published nearer the time.

The Rev David Shepherd, Rector of St Mary Magdalene’s Dundee, will formally demit office and retire after Easter Day, the 12th April 2020.  David has been the Rector of this charge since 1979, having built up and maintained this worshipping community and their building in the heart of Dundee through four decades: an extraordinary achievement!  David has also been an active and involved member of the wider Diocese of Brechin in all this time, serving on boards and committees. The present bishop is the sixth bishop David has seen whilst serving as a rector in Brechin Diocese, Bishop Ted Luscombe having instituted him in 1979. 
There will be a celebration musical service for David and Patricia on 12th April, Easter Day at 6.30pm in St Mary Magdalene’s to which all are warmly invited.

Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral Dundee Elected FRSE
The Lord Lyon, The Rev Canon Dr Joseph Morrow CBE, QC, LLD, DL, who among his many roles is an honorary Canon of the cathedral in Dundee, Chancellor of Moray Diocese and a long-served priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).  The RSE is an educational charity, registered in Scotland, operating on a wholly independent and non-party-political basis and providing public benefit throughout Scotland. It was established in 1783 and since then has drawn upon the considerable strengths and varied expertise of its Fellows, of which there are currently around 1600, who are based in Scotland, the rest of the UK and beyond. The Fellowship includes people from a wide range of disciplines – science & technology, arts, humanities, social science, business and public service, a breadth of expertise that is unique in the UK.

Bishop’s PA & Administrator Moves On
Mrs Sharon Louden, the PA to the Bishop and Diocesan administrator, is moving on to a new post elsewhere in Dundee in early April.  Sharon has been the PA and administrator for the Diocese since 2016 and greatly helped both Bishops Nigel and Andrew at the end and start of their respective ministries as well as working through the Episcopal Vacancy from 2017-2018. She has also run the Diocesan Office and supported the running of Synods and other Diocesan business.
The arrangement for office cover will be announced over the next few weeks.

For your prayers:
The Rev David Gordon, (awaiting licensing as transitional priest-in-charge of All Souls’ Invergowrie and half time as interim priest in St Paul’s Cathedral Dundee during their vacancy) – is recovering from an operation earlier this year.  Please keep David (and Ann and Beth his wife and daughter) in your prayers as David recovers and prepares to start his new ministry.