The rocker beckons #pisky

It’s been a day both ordinary and extraordinary. We made the announcement that I shall retire in the summer and, overnight, I wrote to our clergy to explain.

‘How do I feel about that?’ people ask. Well the period between now and then will go in a flash, partly because it will be extra busy.

As my letter says, I think I have had a most extraordinary time in ministry and I am very thankful for that.

But I like the idea that, for the first time since I was ordained, I shall have quite a bit of time. I like the prospect of time for family – particularly the time that Alison and I will give to our children and to our grandchildren, Eve, Jack, Esme and Alice. I like the possibility that unexpected and different things may turn up. I’d like to be trimmer and fitter. I have some things that I want to do and others that I need to do ….

This is the letter I wrote to our clergy

And this is the link to the announcement on the SEC website


  1. What a good idea! You’ve had a remarkable journey since you left Seagoe & we wish you both well for the next exciting chapter, especially into the unknown world of retirement with family & friends. Love to you & Alison.

  2. Every Blessing, David. Retirement is good, and fun, but don’t for a minute imagine yourself in a rocking chair! You just get the chance to enjoy ministry and living in a new way.

  3. Wishing you all the very best David. Hopefully, we will see you in Dublin soon.

  4. David you and Alison are very much in our thoughts and so much has been achieved. Next year we are 30 Years married and we remember who it was who took us in on the night of our wedding. We look forward to catching up with much to report! Neville and Alison Armstrong

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