The Chaplaincy of Greater Lisbon in Portugal welcomed another step forward in the church’s life and mission on Sunday 2nd October with the institution of The Rev'd Dr. Frank Sawyer at St. George ́s Church, Lisbon. The Archdeacon of Gibraltar, The Venerable Geoffrey Johnston, led the service with more than 100 people attending, including representatives from the British Embassy, the Lusitanian church, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian church, St. Mary’s Catholic church, Riverside church, the Baptist church and St. James church in Oporto.

The chaplaincy had been without a permanent priest for over two years so everyone is delighted to welcome Fr Frank together with his wife Ginnelle and their two daughters Maggie (10) and Pippa (6).

Fr Frank and GInnelle are orginally from Canada though they have both lived and worked in other countries, Before training for ordination, Fr Frank served as a reserve officer in the 56th Field Regiment , Royal Canadian Artillery, He studied at Trinity College, University of Toronto and was ordained in the Anglican Church of Canada serving in Toronto and then to minister in education in California, Georgia, Maryland and most recently Florida.

Fr Frank and Ginnelle are not new to the Diocese in Europe. From 2014 he served in Corfu during a sabbatical break from education.

Archdeacon Geoff says "Fr Frank brings a wide diversity of gifts and experience as well as energy and enthusiasm to the Greater Lisbon chaplaincy.  The people look forward to working with him in faith and hope as they face unique challenges and new opportunities for mission and ministry."

After being officially received and welcomed as chaplain of the Greater Lisbon Chaplaincy, Frank Sawyer addressed the congregation and his words were met with resounding applause (pictured above).

Stephen Fordham from the church says “After the service, drinks and refreshments provided by members of the GLC were served in the Croft de Moura Hall and a happy, festive atmosphere filled the place. We look forward to working with Frank and his family and wish them every blessing.”

(Pictured below is the poster from the classic 1946 film which centred on Lisbon. There was a more recent film of the same title in 1994)