Hail And Farewell In Final Synod Session

In the closing session of Diocesan Synod in Cologne (Thursday 11 June 2015) Rev Elizabeth Bussmann was welcomed as the new Diocesan Environmental Officer. She spoke about her aims in the role including the possibility of full day workshops for Archdeaconry Synods. Elizabeth also spoke about some of the ecological challenges facing us all, not least our diocesan carbon footprint which is higher than other Church of England dioceses because of the vast travel distances involved.

Just before Bishop Robert formally closed Synod he paid tribute to Ven Patrick Curran who has served as Archdeacon of the East for the past 13 years. With the appointment of a full time Archdeacon, Ven Colin Williams, Patrick is stepping down from the role and will continue his existing parish ministry in Christ Church, Vienna. Synod gave him a standing ovation in honour of his long and valued service.

Pictured below, Patrick at Synod and with his fellow delegates from the Eastern Archdeaconry