THE Vicar of Maughold, the Reverend David Green is to take early retirement.
He has issued a statement to parishioners, which was read out at Christ Church, Dhoon, on Sunday by the Bishop the Right Reverend Robert Paterson.
It read: ‘My Dear Friends, As you are aware, since July 2008 I have been unable to fulfill my function as the parish priest in Maughold, initially pending a police investigation into financial irregularities relating to the parish and the burial authority, culminating in my trial in June and my acquittal on all charges, and in the period since that acquittal.
‘The toll that the exceedingly protracted investigation and the trial took upon my health has been considerable, and it has become evident that it is extremely unlikely that I should ever be fit enough to resume my duties as your vicar, so I have decided to take early retirement. I have tendered my resignation to the Bishop, effective from December 1st 2011.
‘I am particularly sad not to be able to guide the parish through the proposed pastoral reorganisation, and hope most sincerely that the work which I, in the period since 1990, loyally supported by my family, have put into the parish will be acknowledged and built upon in any reorganisation.
‘I know that a number of you have never doubted me, and I thank you for the loyal support and encouragement that my family and I have received during the nightmare that these last three years have been.
‘I would also like to put on record my great and sincere thanks to the Revd. Ian Faulds for the stalwart work that he has done in my absence over these last three years. I am (as I am sure you all are) extremely grateful to him.
‘I wish you all every blessing for the future, David Green.’
In June this year, Mr Green was found ‘not guilty’ by the high bailiff of all 13 charges of theft and false accounting brought against him.
The charges related to dates ranging from March 1997 to January 2009 and were alleged to have involved the finances of the Maughold Burial Authority, the Diocese of Sodor and Mann and Maughold Parochial Church Council. After the allegations came to light in October 2008, Mr Green suffered a heart attack and was seriously ill for several months. He was suspended from his Anglican Church duties by the Bishop as the police investigation progressed.
Mr Faulds, who continues as Priest-in-Charge at Kirk Maughold, was among the congregation who packed Dhoon Church. The occasion was a Service of Welcome and Commissioning of Nigel Cretney as the Bishop’s Missioner at Dhoon.
NIGEL Cretney, now installed as the Bishop’s Missioners at Dhoon and a Reader in the Church of England, was previously attached to St Peter’s Church, Onchan, where he has responsibility for services and pastoral work during the recent interregnum.
Garff MHK Steve Rodan and his wife Ana, Captain of the Parish Hazel Lace and local commissioners were among the congregation.
The Bishop welcomed Mr Cretney as he began his pioneering work in ‘evangelism and pastoral renewal’.
‘The duties of a Bishop’s Missioner are to discern the ways by which the good news of God’s love in our Lord Jesus Christ may be shared and proclaimed in this community, to provide leadership in that work and to teach and encourage the local church in participating to the full in God’s mission,’ he said.
Mr Faulds said afterwards: ‘You could almost touch the goodwill and, if this is a measure of real support locally, we can expect some exciting times in the southern part of the parish.
‘The next chapter of the Christ Church story starts here.’