It seems to be the case that the quality of the vacancy, good or bad, is often down to a small number of laypeople’s giftedness and contribution. This is as much the case, if not more, for small parishes. Anything that strengthens and encourages those who do step up to various plates constructively is good news long term.As we're now in the 18th month of a vacancy (soon to come to an end!) I'm glad that the news is not always bad!
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