Two long-serving Wolverhampton-based bishops of The Church of God of Prophecy have died within 24 hours of each other after contracting coronavirus. Bishop Horatio Fearon died on Wednesday 1 April and Bishop Theophilus Augustus McCalla MBE (pictured) on Thursday 2 April. Both men were in their 80s and both had underlying health conditions. It has been reported that up to ten other members of the denomination have died in recent weeks. More information HERE.
Trevor Palfreyman retires on Thursday (9 April) after 17 years as CEO of the Adullam Homes Housing Association, whose head offices are in West Bromwich. Since 1972, Adullam Homes has been a specialist provider of quality housing and support services It currently houses and supports 1,000 people in the midlands and north of England. Read more about Trevor’s time at Adullam Homes HERE.
Following the retirement of Bishop David McGough, the Revd Canon Stephen Wright has been appointed as new Auxiliary Bishop in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham. Father Stephen will assist Archbishop Bernard Longley by taking pastoral responsibility for Catholic deaneries in the Black Country and Staffordshire. God willing, Archbishop Longley will celebrate the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Elect Stephen Wright at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, at 12 noon on Wednesday 10 June.
Bishop Elect Stephen Wright said, ‘I was very surprised when Pope Francis appointed me as an Assistant Bishop. I offer an unworthy ‘yes’ to the will of the Lord and His Church, trusting in the Lord’s Grace. Please keep me in your prayers. I continue to be blessed in serving the people of this Archdiocese and at this difficult time let us pray we will be wise and generous in caring for the most vulnerable in our society. St Chad, pray for us.’
The Right Revd Martin Gorick was welcomed as the new Bishop of Dudley at a meeting at Top Church on Saturday 22 February 2020.Martin is working with Bishop of Worcester John Inge in the Anglican Diocese of Worcester. Martin was consecrated bishop on Tuesday 28 January 2020. Read more about Martin’s previous ministry HERE.
The next Youth President of the Methodist Connexion will be Phoebe Parkin, aged 17, from the Telford Circuit in the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury Methodist District. Phoebe will take up her role September 2020. During her term of office, she will highlight environmental issues under the theme ‘God’s World – Our Home.’ More details via THIS LINK.