With a “parish” almost the size of Wales and with 15 congregations embracing the departments of Dordogne, Gironde, Lot et Garonne and the northern Gers the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine in France can lay claim to being a contender for the title of the largest parish in the diocese.

It is served by a team of ministers, including some retired clergy and a dedicated group of Readers. On Saturday 11 March 2017 the Archdeacon of France, Ven. Meurig Williams, formally licensed Michael Torne as a Reader to join the team.

Clergy and church members from across the vast Chaplaincy travelled long distances to share in the service in Condom where Michael lives.

During his sermon Archdeacon Meurig reminded people of the need to consider the church as a community. It is not only Michael and all the other clergy present but the congregation as a whole that values and thrives by supporting each another.