From the Lisbon Chaplaincy: Change of Locum Chaplain

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Next week we see our Locum Chaplain, Fr Robin Lee, and his wife Anita leaving us after a three-month stay. They have made a major contribution to life in our Chaplaincy and enriched our worship in so many ways. Thank you for all you have done and have a safe journey home.  Fr Robin’s replacement is an old friend of the Chaplaincy, having served as Locum Chaplain on a number of occasions since 1990. It will be good to welcome back Fr Robert Ellis and his wife Caroline, who join us in time for Easter.  Fr Robert’s first service will be a Eucharist at St George’s on Maundy Thursday, April 2nd at 12:45.  He explains in his message to us below that he is introducing a family ministry team, namely the “Ellis Brothers”.   “Hello”   This is just a quick “hello” to say I’m looking forward to being with you again as your locum Chaplain, though I didn’t expect to be back quite so quickly! It will be very much the “Ellis Brothers” this time as I arrive on !st April and leave on 10th May when my brother Timothy will arrive to be with you until 24th May. Perhaps a bit about us might be reassuring. We’re both Yorkshire men from Sheffield and we trained for ordination at Kings College London and St Augustine’s College Canterbury. I then went off to be curate at Liverpool Parish Church and Timothy went off to work in “Coronation St Land” in Manchester. Then I started work for the BBC as a Religious Programmes Producer before moving to be Vicar of All Saints Church in Highgate London and after that spent 22 years as the Communications Officer for the Diocese of Lichfield. Eventually the Diocese of Europe beckoned and I was Chaplain of Mallorca for 11 years before I retired in 2011. We presently live in Staffordshire and have three children and two grandchildren . Timothy has taken a much more exalted route and he finished up as Bishop of Grantham in Lincoln Diocese before retiring two years ago…..but I can still boss him around even though he wears a purple shirt as he is my little brother! He supports Sheffield Wednesday FC and has a season ticket so be warned if you are a football fanatic! The first time I was your locum was in 1990 and I helped out for four months between Tony Ashdown going and Ken Robinson arriving. Then helping Michael out for holidays and then back again in 2013 before Nigel arrived. We have enjoyed every visit and I’m sure that will be the case again. Looking forward to meeting you all.   Robert Ellis    

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