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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Fr Tuomas Mäkipää and Mr David Coulston elected chairs of Houses of Clergy and Laity, respectively

House of Clergy Chair Fr Tuomas Mäkipää (l) with Fr John Perris and Ms Cynthia D'Alimonte the (US) Episcopal Church Reps.  
The Diocesan Synod, the body that draws together elected representatives of clergy and lay people from across the Diocese, is composed of three “houses”. The House of Bishops consists of Bishop Robert and myself. Then there is the House of Clergy and the House of Laity.

As this was the start of a triennium, the Houses of Clergy and Laity met during the recent Synod to elect their chairs, who then become vice-presidents of the Synod. The Revd Tuomas Mäkipää, the Chaplain of St Nicholas Helsinki and Assistant Area Dean for Finland, was elected chair of the House of Clergy. Mr David Coulston, a parishioner in St Andrew’s Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca was elected chair of the House of Laity. Both are also members of General Synod from our Diocese.

Congratulations to them both.

House of Laity Chair Mr David Coulston shares a joke with Area Dean of France Canon Debbie Flach

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