Scilly’s Church Of England Chaplain To Retire In September

paul miller 2Scilly’s Church of England Chaplain has announced that he will be retiring in September.

Canon Paul Miller moved to Scilly in 2012, replacing Canon Peter Walker, but he says his intention was always to spend just three years in the role.

He says he’s now 66, having been ordained 44 years ago, and now is the right time to retire. Paul and his wife Lynn are keen to spend more time with their family, who live on the mainland.

He says he’s loved working in the islands and feels privileged to have had the chance to work with people at such significant times in their lives, such as when children are born, they get married or when they lose loved ones.

And he says Scilly’s ‘uniqueness’ has challenged him to think more creatively and differently from anything else he’s done before.

From Radio Scilly

Canon Paul Miller tells Radio Scilly about his retirement this September.

Paul feels it’s important for a parish priest to be part of the lives of islanders and not just to take services on Sunday. He says he hopes he’s made a positive contribution to the church in Scilly and made it more accessible to everyone.

But it’s business as usual to September, he adds.

Paul says there’s a busy period coming up with the final stages of the refurbishment work at Tresco’s St Nicholas Church and a new church window being installed in St Agnes this spring.

He says he’s delighted that the Bishop of Truro, Tim Thornton, has confirmed there will be a new resident priest in Scilly and the process to find his replacement will begin soon.

That will involve discussions between the Bishop, the Duchy, who are the parish patrons, and the St Mary’s churchwardens.

Paul says there’s plenty of time to find someone and hopes he’ll be able to have a handover period where they can work together.