Retired Clergy

Retired Clergy

Bishop’s Officer for Retired Clergy and Clergy Widows/ers is the Ven Alan Wolstencroft.

The pastoral care of all clergy including retired clergy belongs to the Bishop who shares the care of souls with fellow bishops and clergy. The day-to-day pastoral responsibility of retired clergy rests primarily with:

- The clergy of the parish in which the retired clergy live.
- The clergy of the parish in which they normally worship.
- The Area Dean.

The Bishop appoints a Bishop’s Officer for Retired Clergy and Clergy Widows/ers, who acts in conjunction with a team of ‘Deanery Visitors’ to ensure that retired clergy are kept in touch with diocesan issues, and in order that the diocese may be made aware and respond to any changes of circumstances, sickness, etc.

Clergy on retirement in the diocese, following a visit from the Bishop’s Officer, receive a pack including details of pastoral care guidelines, fees payable for occasional service, casual duties, etc. (downloadable below). The retired clergy who indicate that they wish to receive mail from the diocese are placed on the postal list for diocesan correspondence and on the diocesan website.

The Bishop invites all retired clergy to share in the annual Holy Week Renewal of Vows service and to occasional social gatherings at Bishopscourt.

Retired clergy are encouraged to join the National Retired Clergy Association (details below). Meetings are held quarterly in the cathedral with a view to stimulating intellectual, theological, spiritual development, and fellowship.

CME allocate ‘educational grants’ to retired clergy for specific ministerial development courses etc , and encourage attendance at teaching and other training events. Contact Helen Fallone.

Deanery Chapters and informal groupings of clergy offer mutual support and fellowship, as do the clergy in the parishes where many still exercise their priestly ministry. Local voluntary organisations, educational, recreational, hobbies and travel opportunities provide additional stimulus.

The Diocesan Retired Clergy and Clergy Widows/ers Committee administers a number of small bequests and trusts to assist in cases of financial hardship, and the Bishop’s Officer is aware of a number of national charities that can also assist when cases of need are brought to his attention of that of the Archdeacons.

Bishop’s Officer for Retired Clergy and Clergy Widows/ers
The Ven Alan Wolstencroft, The Bakehouse, 1 Latham Row, Horwich, Bolton, Lancashire BL6 6QZ; Tel: 01204 469985,

The Manchester branch of the National Retired Clergy Association: Revd Canon Ian Stamp, 10 Unity Crescent, Heywood, OL10 3DW, Tel: 01706 367788,