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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

The Revd Anne Jenkins appointed to the Anglican parish of Costa Brava

One of our newer congregations in the diocese has just received their first resident priest. The Revd Anne Jenkins has been appointed Priest-in-Charge of the Anglican Church of Stephen, Madremanya, Costa Brava, Spain. She formally began her ministry on 29 September, when she was licensed by the Area Dean, the Revd Canon Hugh Broad. Anne was previously Vicar of St. Margaret and All Hallows, Leeds, in the diocese of Ripon and Leeds.

St Stephen's began its life about 10 years ago, and has been lay-led and directed over these years, under the steady guidance of Reader John Copestake. The sacraments have been provided during this time by visiting clergy. About 5 years ago, the congregation embarked on a plan to work towards appointing their first resident priest, and through their faithful planning and stewardship, that day has arrived. The people of St Stephen's are to be congratulated for their vision and joint effort. 

At present services are held in an ancient Church in the village of Madremanya. There are plans to look at expanding services in other parts of the Costa Brava. The church is a good mix of people of all ages, as can be seen from the photo below. The parish website is here.

Anne has a wide experience in ministry, which even includes serving in Northern Ghana. We welcome her to this diocese.  It should be noted that this is the first incumbency held by a woman in the Archdeaconry of Gibraltar. We welcome Anne to this diocese in Europe.

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