Rector Appointment

I’m delighted to be able to announce that the successful candidate is the Rev’d Stephen Holmes.

We believe that Stephen is a very positive appointment for Holy Cross and he was chosen over some strong competition. Stephen was very clear during his interview that he very much wanted to come to Holy Cross.

Stephen is currently the Rector of five Church of England churches in a small town and four villages in Cornwall: the United Benefice of Padstow with Trevone, St Merryn and St Issey with St Petroc Minor in the Diocese of Truro.

Before working in the Diocese of Truro, Stephen had considerable experience of working in the Scottish Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Edinburgh. He was previously assistant Priest at Old St Paul’s for two years, with pastoral responsibility for St Margaret’s, Easter Rd. He was also Associate Rector of St John’s in Princes Street, where he shared leadership of the church with the Rector.

Alan Kirkpatrick, chair of the interview panel, 15th September 2019

From Our New Rector

A short extract from a piece written for the Holy Cross Dec 2019/Jan 2020 Magazine

Izzy and I are thoroughly looking forward to moving back to Edinburgh at the end of January and to my Institution as Rector of Holy Cross on 18 February, the feast day of St Colmán of Lindisfarne (a Scottish priest who went to England and came back again). We look forward to meeting you all and thank the Vestry for making things run smoothly. As many of you know we have a baby on the way, due within a few days as I write this, which I am sure will add to the interest of the move!

With love in Christ,


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