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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

New Chaplain for Venice and Trieste

Hilary Wild and George Blunden present Fr Malcolm to Archdeacon Vickie Sims to be inducted as Chaplain of Venice with Trieste 
On Saturday 25th November a two year interregnum at St George’s, Venice and Christ Church, Trieste, drew to a close with the licensing of the Revd Canon Malcolm Bradshaw MBE as the new Chaplain. Malcolm with his wife Olga moved to Venice after almost 18 years as Senior Chaplain in Athens, Greece. The Venerable Vickie Sims, Archdeacon of Italy and Malta, presided at the licensing service.

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  
Photos courtesy of Roger Branson

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