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Monday, 11 October 2010

Area Dean of France Appointed

The Revd Canon Trevor Whitfield, the Chaplain of Holy Trinity, Maisons-Laffitte, has been appointed Area Dean for France.

This is the first time there has been an Area Dean in this Archdeaconry, and although it does not easily fall into natural “areas” we drawn on a model already in place in the Gibraltar Archdeaconry where the Area Dean functions as an assistant to the Archdeacon, working with him and with the Lead Bishop in the oversight and pastoral care of the Archdeaconry as a whole. Thus as Area Dean, Canon Whitfield will be responsible to Archdeacon Ken Letts and through him to me as lead bishop for France. Any new enquiries or new issues should still be directed to the Archdeacon in the first instance, who will then consult with the Area Dean about which of the two will take the lead in follow up and support.

We offer Fr Trevor our congratulations and the assurance of our prayers as he takes on this additional responsibility, sharing in the overall pastoring and oversight of this exciting archdeaconry with its many pastoral and mission challenges. The term of the appointment is three years.

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