• We are God’s Prize – a Holy Week reflection

    As we enter Holy Week, I am preparing a series of meditations which you will receive beginning Tuesday, writes Bishop Dorsey. They address a question that was posed at Synod, Who Are We?, and are based on six images used by Saint Paul to describe the Church in his second letter to the Corinthians (2 […]

  • A message from Bishop Dorsey: “thank God for Passiontide”

    The Rt Rev Dorsey McConnell, Acting Bishop, sent a message to all in the Diocese of Aberdeen & Orkney for Passiontide: Beloved in the Lord; Every year, as we approach Lent, I am never quite ready for it. I never know what to expect. I think I know my habitual sins after all these years, […]

  • A message for 2023 from Bishop John

    The Rt Rev Dr John Armes, Acting Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney writes following the feast of the Epiphany: “The New Year always neatly coincides with the Feast of the Epiphany in the Christian Calendar. This feast celebrates how visitors from the east recognised the significance of the birth of Jesus, and brought him gifts. […]

  • Letter to the Diocese from the Acting Bishop

    The Rt Rev Dr John Armes has issued a letter to the Diocese of Aberdeen & Orkney, updating members of the Diocese announcing details of the 2023 Diocesan Synod as well a number of clergy appointments. Bishop John is currently serving as Acting Bishop in Aberdeen & Orkney. As we enter Advent and plunge into […]

  • Wednesday 31 March – Lent Course

    Here is today’s material for the daily Lent Course – Through the Lenten Door. On Wednesdays, we are in the Bedroom. Today we think about things done at night that led to the arrest of Jesus. The material can be used at any time of the day. The PDF here can be downloaded or read […]

  • Bishop’s message to the Diocese for Holy Week

    The Bishop has recorded a message to the Diocese.    

  • Churches open for prayer this weekend for political and community reconciliation

    The College of Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church has asked each congregation to open their doors on the weekend of 5 and 6 October to create a space for people in their community to offer prayer. The College hopes that the Church can offer this opportunity for reflection on the continuing divisions that we […]

  • Bishop Anne’s latest P&J Column

    Bishop Anne’s latest column in The Press and Journal was published today  It can be read at: Anne Dyer: It is not just that words themselves can hurt -they can make people pick up sticks and stones too

  • Bishop Anne’s latest P&J Column

    Bishop Anne’s latest column in The Press and Journal is now available here on the Press and Journal website. It is titled:  “There is no other word for it – the system for looking after our older people is in crisis”.

  • Nominated Canons

    The Bishop of Connecticut and the Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney are pleased to announce their nominations for canons to each other’s cathedrals. The Revd Rebekah Hatch has been nominated by Bishop Ian Douglas to be a canon of St Andrew’s Cathedral Aberdeen. In making this nomination Bishop Ian said: ‘The Revd Rebekah Hatch is […]

  • +Anne in the P&J: Don’t blame God for the “biblical” weather

    Bishop Anne’s latest column is featured in todays Press and Journal with the headline “Don’t blame God for the “biblical” weather – we created this crisis all by ourselves”. You can read it at here.  

  • Bishop Anne’s latest Column in the Press and Journal

    Bishop Anne has published her latest column in The Press and Journal.  It is available online: Anne Dyer: At risk of being overtaken by life? Strange it seems, the slow lane is the place to be

  • 2019 Bishop’s Lent Appeal

    Bishop Anne has launched her Bishop’s Lent Appeal for this year.  The leaflet is shown below, and is also available as a printable PDF file.  

  • Upcoming Events – Installation and Institutions

    The Bishop has highlighted the following dates.  Please keep all those involved in your prayers.   Saturday 11 August at 2:00pm at St Ternan’s Church, Banchory: The Rev’d Lynsay Downs is to be instituted as Rector of St Ternan’s Church.     Sunday 2 September at 6:30pm at St Andrew’s Cathedral:  The Rev’d Canon Neil Brice, […]

  • Rev’d Neil Brice appointed to Chapter

    The Bishop has made the Rev’d Neil Brice a member of Chapter. Neil has an extensive and well respected ministry in Shetland. He is Rector of the churches of St Magnus, Lerwick and St Colman, Burravoe, and a Diocesan Clergy Representative on General Synod. His ministry is marked by an attention to pastoral care and […]

  • Fellowship of St Andrew – a message from the Bishop

    Bishop Anne writes: In order to recognise and honour those who have made a significant contribution to the life of the Diocese and beyond I am inaugurating a Fellowship of St Andrew. Fellowships will be awarded to lay people who have made such a contribution over a good number of years, and whose gifts have […]

  • Bishop Anne’s sermon from Chrism Mass

    Bishop Anne has released a text copy of the sermon she preached at the Chrism Mass held at St Andrew’s Cathedral yesterday.  It is shown below, and a printable PDF copy is also available.  The full service, including the sermon, was streamed on the Cathedral’s Facebook page and is available here. Ordinary Things – Holy […]

  • A message from Bishop Anne: Visiting the Diocese

    I know that many of you are wondering how I will get about and visit the diocese.  Here is my plan. Public transport – when I can: I was heartened when I read in the Diocesan Profile that public transport is very good across the north-east. This does seem to be the case. When and where I […]

  • Sermon preached by Bishop Anne – Sunday 4 March

    Bishop Anne has released a text copy of her first sermon in the Diocese, preached last Sunday, 4 March, at St Andrew’s Cathedral – an extract is shown below.  It is available in full here. There has been much speculation, some private, but much in the public domain, concerned with what my episcopate is going […]

  • A Message from the Bishop Elect

    As I make my final preparations for my consecration on Thursday, this message comes to thank you all for the wave of prayer that is carrying me forward. Your cards, messages and greetings have been so welcome and encouraging. I am looking forward to meeting many of you in person on Thursday. I am aware […]

  • Rev’d Ian Ferguson resigns from Cathedral Chapter

    Bishop Mark writes: My Dear Friends I have received a letter from Canon Ian Ferguson with his resignation from the Cathedral Chapter. I would like to thank Ian for his hard work and support as a member of Chapter. I would personally wish to thank him for his pastoral care for me during this lengthy […]

  • A Message to the Diocese from the Bishop-Elect

    My greetings to you all in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. This comes to let you know my delight at being elected to be your next bishop, and to thank you for the many lovely and welcoming messages that I have received in the last few days. As you might imagine, receiving such […]

  • First female Bishop in the Scottish Episcopal Church is elected the new Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney

    The Episcopal Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church today elected the Rev Canon Anne Dyer as the new Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney. Canon Dyer is Rector of Holy Trinity church, Haddington (since 2011). Her wider church involvement includes being a member of the Scottish Episcopal Institute Council and a member of General Synod. Being […]