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NEW PRIEST FOR ONE OF OUR LARGEST "PARISHES"

The chaplaincy of Aquitaine in Central and Western France, one of the largest, geographically, in the diocese has formally welcomed a new Chaplain.

The Reverend Tony Lomas swapped his work as Rector of a rural group of parishes in Gloucestershire to take on the 11 congregations that cover an area the size of Wales, in three French Departments; Dordogne, Lot-et-Garonne and Gironde. Anglican Ministry to English speaking people in this part of France can be traced back to 1825 with the establishment of a church in Bordeaux.

So it was appropriate that the Licensing service for Tony Lomas, by Bishop Robert on Saturday 10th September 2016, was in Bordeaux, with the sun streaming in behind the beautiful stained glassed windows overlooking the ministers, congregation and the choir in the Chapel.

The Licensing also included the presentation of symbols related to Tony's ministry in Aquitaine, presented by new friends around the Chaplaincy.