Following immediately on the installation of Archbishop Mark in his new ministry in Cardiff, the Chapter of Canons in Plymouth this week elected Canon Paul Cummins as our new Diocesan Administrator while we await the appointment of a new Bishop for our Diocese. We still do not know when that might be.
Canon Paul was ordained in 1988 and is a priest with strong pastoral experience, having served as parish priest in Sidmouth since 2011; he is also our Episcopal Vicar for Clergy, leading the diocesan team responsible for vocations, formation and care of the clergy in our diocese.
Canon Paul asks for our prayers during this transitional period. He informs us that his role is mainly to provide continuity and leadership to ensure that we carry out our mission of the Gospel, rather than to launch any new major programmes or initiatives that might pre-empt or prejudice the priorities of our next Bishop.
We are also asked to pray that the selection of our new Bishop will be guided by the Holy Spirit.
The full pastoral letter from the Diocesan Administrator can be read here