Our Wardens, with the concurrence of the Chaplaincy Council, have approached Rev Tom as he approaches the beginning of his initial 5th year as our chaplain, to inquire if he would agree to another 5-7 years of being re-licensed as our chaplain, beginning on September 1, 2022. Tom, with the agreement of his wife Dawn, were most glad to agree to this request. Seven years would take Tom up to the mandatory retirement age in the Diocese in Europe of 70.
While Tom’s re-licensing is at the discretion of our Bishop and chief priest, the Rt Rev Dr Robert Innes, no problem is expected, as getting chaplains in Europe has become much more difficult due to Brexit. As the 2021 year moves towards the Fall, the Wardens and Tom will be working with the Archdeacon of France to renew Tom’s license.
Sometime before the end of the summer of 2022, there will be a Service of re-licensing Tom to our chaplaincy by our Archdeacon on behalf of the Bishop. However, the re-licensing Service may take place when Bishop Robert is on the Cote D’Azur, for the confirmation and reception into the Anglican Church of a number of people from our congregation as well as others, that was delayed due to the Pandemic.