New Bishop's Advisor in Pastoral Care and Reconciliation
30th September 2014
The Diocese of Sheffield has announced the appointment of The Revd Frances Eccleston as the Bishop's Advisor in Pastoral Care and Reconciliation.
Frances Eccleston was a psychiatric social worker before ordination, and brings to the this post many years of experience in mental health care. Working in community mental health teams in Sheffield gave her the opportunity to respond to a broad and varied range of mental health needs across the city. Since ordination in 2003 she has served in parishes in Ranmoor, Norwood and Crosspool and as Diocesan Ecumenical Officer.
Maintaining well-being in ministry is of special interest to Frances. She has close links with the Society of Mary and Martha at Sheldon, who have a well-established specialist ministry to clergy under stress.
Frances says: "The well-being of clergy is a high priority for Bishop Steven, and I am delighted to be able to work with him in this ministry. When clergy need additional pastoral support it is important that the highest levels of confidentiality apply and I will ensure that this continues. The reconciliation aspect of this post is a relatively new initiative for our Diocese and I am privileged to build upon the excellent groundwork established by Canon Sarah Hills. We aim to develop a pool of expertise that can provide a potential resource in local situations where reconciliation is needed."
"Pastoral care and reconciliation take us to the heart of what God is calling us to in Christ, and I look forward to working with others in the Diocese to realise our common calling more fully."
Frances will be fully licensed for the roles on 23 October 2014.