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New Hospice Chaplain is Licensed by Archbishop

Archbishop, David Williamson - Chaplain and Emma Johnson Director of Clinical Services at St Leonards Hospice

Wednesday 14th October 2015

The new Chaplain for York’s St Leonard’s Hospice has been licensed for his work by the Archbishop of York, The Most Rev’d and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, at a ceremony at Bishopthorpe Palace.

The Rev’d David Williamson first trained at Writtle Agricultural College and was a shepherd at the Grassland Research Institute in Berkshire, then undertook childcare social work before training for the Anglican ministry.  After ordination in 1983 he worked in several parishes, including one in inner-city Leeds. He also spent time working for the Children's Society in its Safe House in Leeds.

He moved to Somerset in 1996 as youth and children's advisor to the diocese of Bath and Wells, before becoming chief executive of the charity Time for God, which provides volunteers from around the world with opportunities to serve in local Christian communities for a year. His work has taken him all over the world and he has worked with Christians from many backgrounds and denominations.

In 2011 he was appointed Priest-in-Charge of St Peter and St Paul, Shepton Mallet in Somerset.  He now joins St Leonard’s Hospice, where he will head the interdenominational chaplaincy team.

Mr Williamson, who is married to Pat and has two grown-up children, says, ‘I am really looking forward to working as Spiritual Care Lead at St Leonard's Hospice in York at this exciting time. It will be great to build on the foundations of the past 30 years of quality care that has been offered at St Leonard's and look for new ways of exploring spiritual care that are relevant, engaging, challenging and helpful.’

Emma Johnson, Director of Clinical Services at St Leonard’s says, ‘We are looking forward to welcoming David as Hospice Chaplain.  Spiritual care is an important aspect of the Hospice, where we try to meet the whole needs of our patients.  We know his work here will be very much appreciated by patients and their families, and by our staff and volunteers, too.’

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For more information please contact David Winpenny on 01765 607641 or 0777 888 1932 

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