The Order of St Ethelbert is awarded to those in the diocese of Hereford who have given long and distinguished service to the diocese. Our parishes are wonderfully served by men and women who give selflessly of their time and skills and to uphold the life and ministry of our communities. Of course, we understand that this service is so often given with no thought of reward or recognition but we also know that many parish clergy and fellow parishioners/members of communities would value a means of celebrating the devotion of those in their midst. Many dioceses now have ‘orders’ or ‘companies’ of those who are honoured for their service and the past two years has demonstrated that this is a popular and respected means of offering that recognition.

Previously, Rural Deans have been circulated with information on the Order and asked to contact their deanery clergy to invite and agree nominations. We are now opening the possibility of nomination to all, clergy and laity, as sometimes the nomination process doesn’t fit in with Deanery Synod/Deanery Chapter and it is possible that people are missing out. Nominations should be submitted on the form which can be downloaded below, and those who nominate are asked to have their form signed by their parish priest. We hope that the parish priest will also write an endorsement in support of a nomination.  The completed form should then be submitted to the Dean, who will convene a small committee, including the Bishop, the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire and the Chair of the House of Laity of the diocese.

When nominations have been discussed and agreed, the Bishop will write, confidentially, to successful nominees, inviting them to accept nomination and inviting them to come to the cathedral for a special service and presentation. Nomination forms should be returned to the Dean by Monday 4 June 2018 and the small committee will then meet and agree names. The Bishop will then write to each recipient, inviting them to come to an Evensong and presentation on Sunday 14 October 2018.  

Application forms can be downloaded here