The appointment is announced of The Revd Dr Michael Brydon as Chaplain to the Bishop of Sodor and Man, in succession to The Revd Ben Bradshaw.
To introduce himself, The Revd Dr Michael Brydon writes:
I was ordained in 2002 and I am currently the rector of two Sussex villages called Catsfield and Crowhurst, where I have worked to make sure the church is there for the whole parish. I am heavily involved in the life of the two primary schools, founded and ran the village Cub Pack and Scout Troop and am an enthusiastic member of the local drama group. Outside the parish I have been active in the Prayer Book Society, which has involved organizing quiet days, services and a reading competition for school children. I enjoy most historical subjects and within the parishes have drawn on this to commemorate events ranging from the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings to the bi-centenary of the writer Jane Austen. When time permits I love walking in the countryside and visiting family and friends. I’m a Yorkshireman by birth, but largely grew up in Norfolk before studying at both the universities of Durham and Oxford. I have also served as a curate in Bexhill-on-Sea and was involved with adult education in the diocese of Chichester. The Diocese of Sodor and Man has a great reputation for being friendly and supportive, so I look forward to becoming part of it.
Bishop Peter writes:
I am delighted that The Revd Dr Michael Brydon has accepted my invitation to come and join us on the Isle of Man and to serve as Bishop’s Chaplain. His appointment follows a process of advertising and interviewing, in which he was the outstanding candidate in a strong field. Fr Michael brings a great strength of pastoral experience from his parish ministry in the Diocese of Chichester, and I look forward immensely to welcoming him to our Island and to working with him in supporting and enabling the vital ministry and mission of our parishes. For now, I invite you to join me in praying for Michael as he prepares to conclude his ministry in his parish in November and then, after leave, to move to the Island.