Former vicar to step down

NAWN 1204181 Rotary pres. to Richard Seed. The Archdeacon of York and Founder of Martin House Richard Seed with his Paul Harris Fellowship Award.  (1204181AM1)
NAWN 1204181 Rotary pres. to Richard Seed. The Archdeacon of York and Founder of Martin House Richard Seed with his Paul Harris Fellowship Award. (1204181AM1)

A FORMER vicar from Boston Spa is set to retire from his role as Archdeacon of York in October.

The Venerable Richard Seed was vicar of St Mary’s in Boston Spa, where he served 19 years. He will also relinquish his role as Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Micklegate but will remain a Residentiary Canon at York Minster and a member of the Minster’s Chapter.

The Ven Seed said: “It has been a great privilege and huge responsibility being Archdeacon of York since 1999, when Archbishop David Hope appointed me after George Austin retired.

“I have enjoyed the role greatly and tried to fulfil its demands to the best of my ability.”

He added: “After 40 years it now seems right for personal and practical reasons to put this responsibility down in order to focus on other matters and spend time with Jane and the family and explore other opportunities for ministry.”

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said: “Richard has given so much to the mission of God in his role as Archdeacon of York.

“It is, however, as a faithful parish priest that Richard has been a real gift to all those who have known him.

“He is a man with an enormous pastoral heart, not least demonstrated in his involvement with Martin House Hospice.”

Leeds-born Ven Seed, founder of the hospice, stepped down from his role as chairman and trustee last autumn.