|Hilary Wild and George Blunden present Fr Malcolm to Archdeacon Vickie Sims to be inducted as Chaplain of Venice with Trieste|
The substantial congregation in St George's included ecumenical guests from the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Waldensian and Charismatic Episcopal Churches. Pastor Bernd of the local German Lutheran Church read the Gospel at the mass. The Mayor of Calvene (the site of a substantial Commonwealth War Cemetery) and some of his fellow councillors attended.
Music was provided by the Venice Music Project and Liesl Odenweller (soprano) sung Vivaldi’s sacred motet Nulla in mundo pax sincera. The occasion finished with an appropriately Venetian flow of prosecco and delightful Italian finger food.
Although coming from Athens, Fr Malcolm is no stranger to Italy. He was once the Chaplain of All Saints, Milan. It is excellent news for the Archdeaconry of Italy and Malta to welcome him back! Bentornato in Italia, Padre Malcolm!
|Fr Malcolm with Archdeacon Vickie Sims, the Mayor of Calvene and a councillor|