Bishop celebrates 50th anniversary

Bishop Martyn Jarrett was ordained a priest 50 years ago in Bristol Cathedral, and he celebrated the anniversary on Saturday 2nd June with a number of his colleagues and friends at a celebratory Mass at Worksop Priory.

After serving his curacies and his first parish he served for a number of years as a selector for ordinands working out of Church House, London.

From there he moved to be Vicar of the Crooked Spire, Chesterfield.  Twenty five years ago he was ordained a bishop to serve as the suffragan in Blackburn diocese, and subsequently became the Northern Episcopal Visitor before retiring to live with his wife Betty in Worksop.

Since then he has served as an assistant Bishop in the dioceses and has a busy and fruitful ministry in the parishes of St Paul’s and Priory Churches.

Vicar of Worksop Priory, Father Nicolas Spicer, said: “Any anniversary is always special,  but 50 years , extra so!  Since retiring to Worksop with his wife Betty, many have benefited here from their friendship and ministries.  So it was a great joy and privilege to gather with others from all over the country to be thankful to God and show the Jarrett’s our appreciation of them.”

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Brian Pickering