The Vicariate for Clergy exists to promote the work of the Church in the Diocese of Plymouth through the selection, formation and support of all the clergy from recruitment to resignation from office. It aims to achieve this by;

  • Affirming the presbyterate and diaconate
  • Supporting the human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral development of clergy
  • Promoting and discerning vocations to the priesthood and diaconate
  • Resourcing the sick and retired clergy

It is led by the Episcopal Vicar whose main role is;

  • To co-ordinate, facilitate, and assist the work of the vicariate
  • To report to the Bishop and act for him when directed.
  • To collaborate with Deans, the Chapter of Canons, the Secular Clergy Fund and other Diocesan bodies.

The Vicariate comprises the following officers and members:

Episcopal Vicar: Canon Paul Cummins

Vocations Director: Canon Keith Mitchell assisted by a team of promoters

Ongoing formation of Clergy: Rev Mark Skelton

Former Anglican Clergy: Canon Keith Mitchell

Resignation from Ecclesiastical Office: Canon Patrick Chrystal

Director of Permanent Deacons: Rev Richard Meyer assisted by a team of Deacons

Ministry to Sick: The Deans

Ministry to the Retired: Canon Patrick Chrystal

Appointment to the Vicariate is made by the Bishop.