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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

St Andrew's Puerto Pollensa welcomes Fr Nigel Stimpson as their new priest

Fr Nigel Stimpson
On Thursday 9 October, the parish of St Andrew's, Puerto Pollensa, in Mallorca, welcomed formally their new priest, the Revd Nigel Stimpson. Fr Nigel joins his colleague, the Revd David Waller who is based in St Philip and St James Church in Palma, in serving the large English speaking community who live on or visit this island. (Fr David Waller also serves as Area Dean for the Balearics and Catalunya).

The Church was packed for the licensing service, which was supported by music from two choirs. The congregation uses a new leased facility which from appearances may end up being too small if the congregational numbers increase any more!. We were joined by the Venerable Geoff Johnston, the Interim Archdeacon of Gibraltar.

Unfortunately, I was not joined by my luggage, which Iberia had misplaced. (The second time that they have done this to me on a pastoral visit to Mallorca). People were very kind and managed to cobble together what I needed for the occasion, however.

The service had ecumenical significance as well. The ecumenical officer of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Palma de Mallorca, Fr Lorenzo, attended the eucharist and read a warm message of welcome to Fr Nigel from Bishop Javier. (Bp Javier would have attended personally, but was indisposed due to a recent accidental fall).

Fr Nigel comes to Mallorca from Lisbon, where he was chaplain of St George's with St Paul's Estoril. We assure him of our prayers as he takes up this new challenge in a different part of the Archdeaconry.

L to R: Fr Lorenzo, Area Dean David Waller, Bp David, Fr Nigel, Archdeacon Geoff Johnston

1 comment:

  1. So who had a zucchetto tucked away, or was it left behind by the former +Grantham?!