Day 3: The Costa Blanca Chaplaincy
Forty three years ago, a retired priest who had travelled from Africa settled on the Costa Blanca. Through word of mouth English people heard that there was a priest… the rest is history and the Anglican community here in this part of Spain from then on has thrived.
It has gone through many ups and downs and has changed considerably, but what is evident is that the church here plays a huge part in the English community. It’s a full-time job running the chaplaincy and being there for people’s spiritual needs, but Fr Peter who is now the senior Chaplain is very positive about the work that he does here.
The Chaplaincy has three full-time priests and throughout the year they have ‘House for Duty’ priests who come and stay in Spain for about four weeks. They help out with Sunday services as well as funerals. Richard Horner who lives and works in Rugby is currently has been visiting Spain for a number of years and has got to know the Chaplaincy well.
I met Fr Peter at one of Spain’s Tatorium’s (crematorium) where he talked to me about his work and life here in Spain, as well as how they have coped and are continuing to cope with an aging population and Spain’s financial difficulties and then I met Richard in a Spanish restaurant to talk about his work on the Costa Blanca.
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