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Thursday, 14 October 2010

New Area Dean for Belgium and Luxembourg

The Revd Andrew Wagstaff (above), chaplain of St Boniface Church, Antwerp, was commissioned by Bishop Geoffrey as Area Dean of Belgium and Luxembourg on 9 October, at the Eucharist which concluded the sessions of the synod of the Archdeaconry of NW Europe. Fr Andrew succeeds the Revd Canon Ray Jones who retired earlier this year.

The Area Dean will work under Archdeacon John de Wit (who is based in Utrecht, Netherlands) in providing pastoral support to the clergy of Belgium and Luxembourg. He will also work with the President of the Anglican Central Committee for Belgium, the Revd Canon Dr Robert Innes, Chancellor of Holy Trinity Pro-Cathedral, Brussels. (A unique and helpful feature of our Anglican life in the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is that our clergy in those countries receive a traitement or stipend support from the state. Canon Innes represents our Anglican Church in all dealings with the Belgian State, including the matter of traitements).

Fr Andrew's duties as Area Dean will include chairing the Anglican Council for Belgium, which is more or less equivalent to a Deanery Synod, constituted as a sub-committee of the Archdeaconry Synod.

We offer Fr Andrew our congratulations and the assurance of our prayers as he takes on this additional responsibility. The appointment is for three years. St Boniface Church website is here.

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