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Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Change of Area Dean in Gibraltar Archdeaconry

On the final evening of the Gibraltar Archdeaconry Synod, Area Dean Hugh Broad (above left) was made a Canon of the Diocese by Bishop Geoffrey. This was an honour to mark Canon Broad's many years of service to the Diocese as Area Dean of Gibraltar, a position from which he stepped down on 31 January.

There were many moments during the synod when members could pay tribute to Fr Hugh for his remarkable and encouraging ministry. Following the eucharist on 31 January, there was also a moment of light entertainment when members of Canon Broad's parish of Costa Almería performed a tribute to his ministry, in pantomime form, with an astonishing array of characters, including a woman bishop!

At the same eucharist on 31 January, Bishop Geoffrey also commissioned the Revd Geoff Johnston as the new Area Dean of Gibraltar. Fr Geoff is the priest-in-charge of the parish of Nerja and Almuñécar  The job of the Area Dean of Gibraltar is rather like that of an assistant archdeacon, working alongside the archdeacon and bishops in providing pastoral care and support to the clergy and congregations. We welcome Fr Geoff to this new post.

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