Peter Goodrich

Seventh Vicar of Saint Faith`s

A history graduate of Durham University who trained for the Ministry at Cuddesdon Theological College, Oxford, (during the Principalship of Robert Runcie), Fr Peter Goodrich became vicar in November 1972, moving to St Faith`s from St Margaret`s, Anfield. After the innovative and liturgical reforms witnessed during the incumbency of his predecessor, Fr Peter exercised an effective and valuable ministry of steady consolidation. An enthusiastic believer in committees and groups, he saw during his ministry PCC members and others assuming responsibility in caring for various aspects of parish concern, such as Missionary and Pastoral, Education, Finance, Buildings, Worship and Social Events. During his eleven years at St Faith`s membership of the uniformed organisations (Guides, Scouts, Cubs and Brownies) flourished, as did other church groups: Horsfall ladies (named after the founder), the choir, servers and newly-formed men`s group. Paris retreats were held each year, at Foxhill or Chester Retreat House, and Quiet Afternoons, preparing for the approaching seasons of Advent and Lent, proved popular and were well supported. The moving and inspirational Advent Carol Service became an annual event and, to strengthen the bonds of parish life, “Parish Centres” were created (and sustained in smaller measure to the present day). In 1978 Fr Peter was appointed Area Dean of Bootle - a position he held until his departure in 1983 to pastures new, in the fields and farmlands of Upholland. Throughout his time at St Faith`s Peter Goodrich enjoyed the strong and faithful support and encouragement of his wife, Margaret, and their two sons, Nigel and Julian. In 1989 he was made an Honorary Canon of Liverpool Cathedral and in 1994 was appointed Diocesan Director for Local Non-Stipendiary Ministry, and Rector of Halsall.

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