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The Retirement of the Archdeacon of Horsham

The Retirement of the Archdeacon of Horsham

The Retirement of the Archdeacon of Horsham

A service is to be held to mark the retirement of the Archdeacon of Horsham, the Venerable Roger Combes, after twenty-eight years of ministry in this diocese, latterly as Archdeacon of Horsham since 2003.

Bishop Martin has paid to tribute to Roger’s ministry. He said: “Roger is a remarkable person.  His ministry has been distinguished in many ways, the early years being spent among movers and shakers in London and Cambridge parishes that have famously set trends for Church growth.  But Roger was no less at home in a diverse and fascinating parish in Hastings, a context that the less discerning might describe as ordinary.  For Roger, the designation of “ordinary” has never been a reference to somewhere or someone that could manage with second best.  He has, without discrimination, treated people and places with equal courtesy, attention and dignity.  This is what has made him such a good archdeacon.  So also has his wonderfully dry and perceptive sense of humour. 

"In thanking Roger and Christine for all that they have given of themselves in the service of the gospel here in Chichester diocese, we also wish them a very happy future in retirement.  Our great good fortune is that they will still be living in the diocese.  Retirement really, seriously, absolutely, does mean that!  But on-going friendship, affection and respect will take no note of an office relinquished and a varied ministry accomplished with outstanding grace.”

There will be an opportunity to say thank you to Roger and Christine at a service in St Mary’s, Horsham this Sunday, June 29 at 6.30pm.