Dean Kenny Raithband Retires 31st August 2021

Bishop Ian writes:

 Dear sisters and brothers, Thank you for all the patient understanding and care many of you have given to our Dean, the Very Revd Kenny Rathband and to Ruth in the months since Kenny had to step back from active ministry because of a serious health issue. They, and all of us, have had to come to terms with his early retirement from full-time ministry which Kenny’s doctors advised. As Kenny wrote to us about making this difficult decision: “This has not been an easy decision to make and follows on from my recent heart attack. I have greatly enjoyed working with both congregations, and the privilege of being Dean for a number of years. I continue to hold everyone in my prayers.” Kenny and Ruth have had to wait until now to set the date of Kenny’s retirement, and this decision has now been taken, with my agreement. Kenny’s last day as Dean of the Diocese, and as Rector of Dunfermline and Priest at Rosyth, will be 31st August, and he will retire from 1st September.  It is good that Kenny and Ruth can be with his congregations on Sunday 12th September to say farewell. We will also be having a significant Diocesan service – before Advent, I hope – at which we will give thanks for and celebrate Kenny’s 14 years as Dean of the Diocese. Congregations and individuals may wish to contribute to the Diocese’s gift which we will be presenting to Kenny and Ruth as a sign of our appreciation and love. Details of where to send contributions will be announced shortly. Please continue to hold Kenny and Ruth in your prayers as they prepare to move into a new chapter of life for them. Please also pray for Holy Trinity and St Margaret’s as they begin to seek a new Rector and a new Priest-in-Charge. And for me, as I appoint a new Dean of the Diocese. I will be announcing that appointment soon. Thank you, and everyone in your congregation, for all your faithfulness and hope for the future, as well as all your compassion and care in the present. With warmest good wishes,
Bishop Ian