On the Feast of St Clare of Assisi, 11 August, the Archdeacon of Gibraltar, the Venerable David Sutch licensed the Reverend Michael Smith as chaplain of the Anglican Church of All Saints, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife (with La Palma), Spain.
In the photo above taken after the service, from left to right: the Revd Keith Gordon (St Francis, Tenerife South), the Venerable David Sutch (Archdeacon of Gibraltar, wearing the stole from the linked Diocese of Peru), Mrs Sam Smith, the Revd Mike Smith, the Revd Malcolm Exley, Pfarrer Henning of the German Evangelische Kirche, a Meissen Agreement partner, which uses All Saints Church,
Fr Mike was previously vicar of All Saints’, Great Driffield and St Mary, Little Driffield in the diocese of York. He speaks Spanish, French and Italian. Fr Mike looks forward to working with the already strong congregation in reaching out to new, particularly younger members of the expatriate community on the island.
We welcome Fr Mike and his wife Sam to this diocese in Europe.
The website for All Saints Puerto de la Cruz can be found here. One of the remarkable features of All Saints Church is the reproduction of Holman Hunt's "The Light of the World" pictured below, as part of a memorial given in 1930.