Retired clergy

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.


Retired Clergy Officers

The Revd Christine Sandiford:

The Revd Ian Thompson:


The Manchester branch of the National Retired Clergy Association

Revd Morley Morgan:



Payment of parochial and casual duty fees to retired clergy 

Church of England pensions

Retired Clergy Association

Retired clergy pastoral care guidelines



Financial Planning for Retirement During Your Ministry and Beyond

Location: Training Suite 1, Third Floor, Church House, 90 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2GH.

Date: Tuesday 30 November 2021, 9.30am - 1.30pm

The session is aimed at helping clergy (and their partners) demystify financial matters and helping you plan for your financial future in retirement. The speakers will address retirement and general financial planning issues and questions that in their experience face most clergy. The key themes of the session centre around:

  • General financial planning hints and tips (with specific focus on the changes at retirement)
  • The importance of planning ahead
  • Housing options including how the church can help and buying property (or re-mortgaging) during your ministry
  • What to expect from the clergy pension scheme and considering the options for saving more
  • State pensions and what to expect
  • Saving and investing hints and tips including tax issues and tax efficiency, investment risks and ethical investment options
  • A brief summary of the importance of making a will and powers of attorney
  • Answering your financial questions
  • After a buffet lunch short 1:1 sessions (20-30 mins each) with the speakers about Church housing options, pensions and personal financial advice and planning issues will be available.

Note - By registering your attendance on Eventbrite by 18 November a personalised pension statement from the clergy pension board will be available on the day.

Please register via Eventbrite.

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