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Island vicar wanted: may suit hard-of-hearing

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Clergy who want to hear God’s voice more clearly should consider moving to Tristan da Cunha, according to islander Lorna Lavarello-Smith.

Lorna is leading the search for a new vicar for the world’s most remote inhabited island, which has been without an Anglican minister for nearly three years – the longest gap since 1922.

“If you are looking for a ministry where you want to be close to God and close to nature, then Tristan da Cunha is the place for you,” she has told a UK national newspaper.

“There is something about being in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean, reliant on a community of people with whom you live. You hear the sound of God’s voice much more clearly.”

Island-born Lorna be able to take up the job of vicar herself one day. She moved to the UK to train as a priest and is due to be ordained in the Northern Hemisphere summer, reports The Independent.

A curacy is lined up in Northamptonshire, but she hopes to return to live on Tristan da Cunha “one day”, the paper says. 

One previous minister did not share her love for the island: the Reverend Edwin H Dodgson, younger brother of the Alice in Wonderland writer Lewis Carroll, grew to dislike the isolation, declaring: “It has been my daily prayer that God would open up some way for us all to leave.”

LINK: World’s most remote parish seeks vicar – The Independent

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