Diocese of Manchester

Manchester Diocese is blessed by retired clergy who remain active in or around the parishes they have retired to. They do far more than simply act a a spare pair of hands to lead a Sunday service or take a funeral. It wouldn't be possible to sustain the richness of our life as a church without them.

The Bishop’s Officer for Retired Clergy and Clergy Widows/ers works 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. 

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. Meetings are held regularly with a view to stimulating intellectual, theological, spiritual development, and fellowship. CMD allocates ‘educational grants’ to retired clergy for specific ministerial development courses, etc., and encourages attendance at teaching and other training events.


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, wolstencroftalan@gmail.com

The Manchester branch of the National Retired Clergy Association
The Revd Canon Michael Ainsworth, St Maxentius Rectory, Bolton Road, Bradshaw, Bolton BL2 3EU; Tel: 01204 304240, rector.stgite@gmail.com

The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400