Exeter Cathedral Service for John Coleridge Patteson

On Saturday September 18, a special service was held in Exeter Cathedral to mark the 150th anniversary of the death of the local vicar and bishop of the Solomon Islands, John Coleridge Patteson.

As part of this service, students and their teacher from King’s School attended.

Patteson himself attended King’s School and the school has a strong house system with Patteson one of the house’s leading figures.

The three students present were Millie Carlill, Finley Giles and Hollie Morris. They and their families as well as their Head of House, Mrs. Becky Jacobs, attended the service at the cathedral.
Ms. Jacobs said: “The students were amazing. They took it all in their stride, wearing school uniform on a Saturday and participating in the choral Eucharistic service.

“They were fortunate enough to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury after the service and were introduced and had their picture taken. These are 11th grade students doing their GCSE next year and were able to talk to the archbishop of their plans for the future. He was really interested in whatever they had to say. “
Mrs. Jacobs was proud to be able to read the lesson in service and meet the Archbishop, which was a first for her too.
It was a memorable experience for all and delightful for the students of King’s Patteson to bond with their heritage.

Archbishop Welby also opened a new pilgrimage route in honor of Patteson.

Archbishop Welby led the first pilgrimage along Patteson’s Path after opening the route to East Devon on Saturday.

The 13 km circular pilgrimage begins at St Andrew’s Church in Feniton, near Ottery St Mary.

Archbishop Welby also unveiled a plaque in the cemetery and met with local schoolchildren who, along with the Diocese of Exeter, helped set up the course. After blessing the first pilgrims, the Archbishop walked the first part of the road with them.

The Archbishop said the opening of the pilgrimage was a “great pleasure” because he was fascinated by the story of Bishop Patteson.

He said, “He was one of the great equalizers, that’s what God calls us to be.”

Patteson, a missionary who grew up in Feniton, was killed of a head injury on Nukapu Island in 1871.

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