Warm congratulations go to Fr Malcolm Bradshaw, the Senior Chaplain in Athens, who has been honoured with an MBE in the New Year's Honours List. It is a most fitting award recognising Fr Malcolm's outstanding achievements and extraordinary service particularly during this time of financial hardship facing the Greek people and the huge numbers of refugees arriving in Greece and transiting through the country. Fr Malcolm has been instrumental in bringing together Churches and other groups to work together to address these challenges.
When I spoke to him on the telephone to congratulate him, Fr Malcolm said, humbly, "but none of this could have been achieved without the collaboration and cooperation of others". That is true, of course, but it was Malcolm's drive, passion and vision that harnessed this collaboration. For that, this honour is most fitting.
The members of the diocese as well as ecumenical partners I am sure will join me in sending our congratulations to Malcolm and expressing our joy at this recognition by HM Government.
The official citation reads:
Rev Canon Malcolm McNeille BRADSHAW
Senior Chaplain, Anglican Church in Greece. For services to interfaith understanding and community charities in Greece