New Vicar General Announced

New Vicar General Announced

New Vicar General Announced

The Bishop writes:

I am delighted to announce that Howard Connell has accepted my invitation to become Vicar General of the Diocese of Sodor and Man, in succession to Geoffrey Tattersall QC.  Howard is currently deputy Vicar General.  He is also well known to the Diocese through his ministry as a Reader, and he is widely known professionally across the Island through his work in the Attorney General’s Chambers.  Howard spent 20 years in the Government Legal Service in the UK, latterly as a Deputy Director in HMRC Solicitor’s Office. In 2008 he joined the Legislative Drafting Division of Chambers, and he now leads the Division. A graduate of Durham and Leicester Universities, he holds an LL M in Canon Law from Cardiff University

Howard’s appointment will take effect from 23 September 2019, upon the retirement of Geoffrey Tattersall.  Geoffrey has been Vicar General since January 2015, but his relationship with the Isle of Man began in 1997, when he was appointed Judge of Appeal, holding that office until September 2017.  Geoffrey looks forward to retaining his contact with us as a member of the Isle of Man Law Society, and I take this opportunity to thank him most warmly for all his work on behalf of the Island and the Diocese. 

Geoffrey Tattersall QC

The Vicar General is Chancellor of the Diocese, and judge of ecclesiastical courts in the Isle of Man.  We are blessed in our succession of ecclesiastical lawyers of great distinction, and I invite us to pray for Howard as he prepares to assume this responsibility on our behalf.

+ Peter Sodor as Mannin  


14 May 2019