The ARCHDEACON of Chichester, The Venerable Douglas McKittrick, has announced his retirement from the post with effect from July, 1 2018.
Forty-one years since his ordination as deacon and having served principally in two dioceses – Liverpool and Chichester – Archdeacon Douglas is looking forward to retirement to Kirkbymoorside in the North Yorkshire Moors, where he will continue to enjoy his love of walking in the great outdoors with his two dogs.
It was in 1997 that Douglas made the long trip to the Sussex coast where he was first Vicar of St Peter’s with The Chapel Royal and Rural Dean of Brighton before taking up the post of Archdeacon of Chichester in 2002. For 16 years, Douglas has provided support and encouragement to clergy and laity in his patch alongside two bishops of Chichester.
Archdeacon Douglas said: “I thank God for calling me to ministerial priesthood and for the grace given to fulfil what is undoubtedly a joyous, though demanding vocation. I have made so many friends over my 40 years as a priest, people from all walks of life who have enriched me both as a person and a priest.”
There will be a Eucharist in Chichester Cathedral on St Richard’s Day, June 16, at 3 pm, to give thanks for Douglas’ 40 years of priestly life.