We are delighted to confirm that the Bishop of Lancaster will institute and the Archdeacon of Blackburn will induct, the Rev'd Canon Brian McConkey as Rector of Ribchester at a service on 26th April 2017 at 7:30pm in St. Wilfrid's Church, Ribchester. The same service will see Canon McConkey licensed by the Bishop of Lancaster as Priest in Charge of St John the Evangelist in Hurst Green and All Hallows in Mitton.
After the service, a small social event will be held in the Village Hall. All are welcome to attend.
Please note that parking outside the church and Village Hall is very limited, so please make use the Pope's Croft (playing fields) car park in the village, unless mobility is limited.
Interviews for the post of vicar for the newly formed united benefice of Ribchester, Hurst Green and Mitton, were held in November. The Bishop of Lancaster chaired the interview panel and he was accompanied by Archdeacon Mark Ireland and Revd. Colin Penfold, the Area Dean for Whalley. Each parish had representatives on the interview panel and the panel was unanimous in its decision to offer the post to Canon McConkey.
Brian is currently the vicar at Christ Church, Fulwood where he has been for 13 years. Since 2015 he has been the Area Dean for Preston and is well known to our congregation. His ministry has been wholly in the Blackburn Diocese although Brian was born and raised in Northern Ireland. During his career, he has been involved in youth work, serviced as a school governor and also supported curates and those seeking ordination.
Brian is married to Sue, a teacher in Blackburn. They have 2 daughters, one is now graduated and working and their younger daughter is at university.
All who have met Brian feel we are very fortunate that he has agreed to be our vicar during what will be a time of great change for all three parishes and we believe he is the right man to lead and direct us through this change and also to provide the spiritual direction and support we need.
Having viewed both the St John’s vicarage and the Rectory in Ribchester, Brian and he wife have decided that they will reside in Ribchester. However, Brian has made a clear commitment that he will be visible in all three parishes and is already getting involved in the meetings that are taking place, primarily attended by the church wardens, to agree the details of the new united benefice.
We look foreward to welcoming Brian, Sue and their family to our community.