Father Rodney joins Church of England Chaplaincy team

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MEMBERS OF all seven congregations of the Church of England on the Costa Blanca are delighted to welcome Father Rodney Middleton to the Chaplaincy team.

He will have special responsibility for the congregations in Denia and Gandia and completes the existing team which comprises Lead Chaplain Father Marcus Ronchetti (Calpe), Father Jim Booker (La Fustera and Javea) and Father Ray Andrews (Alfaz del Pi and El Campello).

Born in Liverpool on February 14, 1954, Father Rodney attended St Andrews University before training at St Stephen’s House, Oxford. After being ordained Priest 1983, he served as Curate in St Mary’s, Walton, in the Diocese of Liverpool. He was also a member of the Chaplaincy Team at Walton Hospital, which started his continuing experience and interest in the Healing Ministry.

1987 he was asked by the Bishop to go to a new housing area in Southport to set up a new Church plant which eventually became the Parish of St Francis of Assisi, Kew. Working at first from the local school hall and then a portacabin, they finally built the permanent church which today stands in the heart of the community.

During this time, Father Rodney was also Hospital and Hospice Chaplain, further developing his experience of the Healing Ministry.

From 1995, he was Vicar of St James the Great, Haydock. There he inherited the largest branch of the Guild of St Raphael in the world! He was invited to join the Council of the Guild of St Raphael, eventually becoming Sub Warden, and then being part of the group which guided the re-uniting of the Guild of St Raphael with the Guild of Health in 2015. He continues as a Trustee of the Guild of Health and St Raphael.

Despite his busy life, Father Rodney has also found time to act as an Honorary Canon of the Diocese of Wiawso, in the Anglican Church in Ghana and to be Chair of Governors of the ‘Oustanding’ Parish Church School, a post he has held for nearly 20 years!

Father Rodney includes in his interests music, literature, liturgy, archaeology, cooking, tasty food, wine, chocolate and almost all things Spanish.

Father Rodney will be formally licensed at 12.00pm on Monday June 12 at a ceremony in Denia Church, to be conducted by the emissary of Bishop Robert, Archdeacon Geoff Johnston.

Christians from all over the area are invited to attend.

If you would like further information on this event or on the activities of the Church of England in Spain, visit the website www.costablanca-anglicanchaplaincy.org.

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