Anglican Catholic Church

Rochester Retirement

On Sunday 29th June 2014 The Venerable Raymond Thompson, Archdeacon of the Diocese of the United Kingdom and Parish Priest of the Church of Our Lady and St Francis, Rochester, Kent, announced his intention to retire from Parish Ministry on 31st August 2014.

The Bishop had been aware of Fr Thompson's decision for some time, although they had mutually agreed that a delay in the announcement would be pastorally appropriate.

In his letter to the congregation distributed on Sunday Fr Thompson wrote, in recognition of his 11 years as Parish Priest; "... It has been an enormous privilege to have been allowed to be so much a part of your lives, and for that I thank you with all my heart."

The Bishop wishes to thank Fr Thompson for his ministry in Rochester, a parish particularly close to his heart, having served there for 10 years, before Fr Thompson.

Fr Thompson continues as Archdeacon of the Diocese beyond 31st August, although it is intended that he will be taking a break from official duties for the time being.

As Ordinary, the Bishop will have responsibility for the Parish during the interregnum. He has confirmed that Fr Jonathan Munn will continue as Curate and will represent him in the Parish.