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The Revd Helen Garrard, Bishop’s Adviser for Healthcare Chaplaincy.

The Revd Canon Mark Dimond, Bishop’s Adviser for Interreligious Dialogue.

The Revd David Hagan-Palmer, Bishop’s Adviser for Community Resilience and Cohesion.

Bishop Graham said, “Our relationships with other faith communities are important for our common life and I am grateful to David Hagan-Palmer and Mark Dimond for agreeing to lead in this area. David’s role during the pandemic has been crucial and he has become a trusted partner of the County Council and others in coordinating a response from across the faith communities. Mark brings a deep interest in interreligious dialogue and will be able to provide advice to support local relationships as we seek together to serve the common good.

“The Revd Helen Garrard is uniquely placed, given her experience and the respect with which she is held in the NHS and by her chaplaincy peers, to take on the additional role of Bishop’s Adviser for Healthcare Chaplaincy. As such she will be able to advise Bishop Jane, Bishop Alan and me about chaplaincy, its joys and demands, and help to shape its future in the diocese.”

The Revd David Hagan-Palmer is also Vicar of Old Catton benefice and Chaplain to 231 (Norwich) Squadron ATC. He says, “I look forward to the opportunity of carrying forward the many links that were formed during the response to Covid between faith organisations and the local and national agencies involved as we continue to work to support and bring together communities during difficult times.”

Team Rector of King’s Lynn Saint Margaret with Saint Nicholas, The Revd Canon Dr Mark Dimond, says, “I very much look forward to helping to develop relationships with our interfaith partners in the diocese. Interfaith dialogue is increasingly important. There is much that different faiths can learn from each other. It is also often beneficial to speak together on various matters, including the promotion of the common good.”

The Revd Helen Garrard is also Assistant Priest, Bramerton Group Ministry and Lead Chaplain to Priscilla Bacon Centre and Norwich Community Hospitals, as well as Honorary Priest Vicar, Norwich Cathedral. Helen says, “I am deeply honoured to accept this additional position. Over recent years, Healthcare Chaplaincy has developed in extraordinary ways to meet the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic and to offer pastoral, spiritual and religious care to patients, their families, and staff. I look forward to working with Bishop Graham and the Senior Staff and being of service to both the Diocese and the NHS in this vital and exciting area of ministry as we face the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of us.”