St Oswald's Church, Sowerby, Thirsk, North Yorkshire

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Announcement - New Assistant Priest (21 January 2018)

The Bishop of Whitby wishes to inform you of the appointment of the Reverend Pauline Percy as Assistant Priest (House for Duty) of the Benefices (held in plurality) of Sowerby, Sessay and Thirkleby with Kilburn and Bagby.

The Reverend Pauline Percy was ordained in the Diocese of York in 2014.

Before ordination, Pauline spent time working as a science teacher in Secondary education also working alongside PGCE students from York University and representing the Special Educational Needs group for the faculty. Following ordination Pauline was appointed Assistant Curate in the rural parishes of Crathorne, Hutton Rudby, Middleton on Leven, Kirklevington with Picton and Upper and Lower Worsall. Additionally she is currently a Voluntary Chaplain to North Yorkshire Police, based at Stokesley station where she supports officers, staff and their families. Pauline is an active member and Novice Guardian in the Third Order of the Society of Saint Francis. She is the Diocese's representative on Stockton Local Authority's Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE).

Pauline is also a regular park runner enabling her to engage with people of all faiths and none. She enjoys Triathlon (swimming, cycling and running), having qualified to represent Great Britain in the Estonia during 2018. She also enjoys handicrafts.

Pauline and her husband Howard will be moving in due course into the vicarage in Kilburn. The service to mark the beginning of her ministry in the plurality will be held at a later date and arrangements will be announced shortly.

A personal message from Bishop Paul: 'Pauline has a deep love of God and his people. I am delighted that she is staying within the Cleveland Archdeaconry. I am sure that the people of the parishes will enjoy getting to know her and working with her.'

+ Paul Whitby

Photograph of Rev Pauline Percy

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