A string of administrative errors at St. Andrew’s Church, Kyrenia, has lead to the resignation of Reverend Wendy Hough. A statement from Archdeacon John Holdsworth says the following:
“The investigation that the Diocese has been conducting into the administration of weddings at St Andrew’s Church Kyrenia is now complete. It has revealed a catalogue of errors, though to the best of our belief there is no question about the validity of any wedding conducted here. Nevertheless we are deeply disappointed that the administration of these important events in the lives of the couples and their families, has not been treated with appropriate pastoral care, and regret that the high standards we expect and demand from our clergy have not been met in these cases.
The Rev’d Wendy Hough has resigned with immediate effect. The archdeacon in Cyprus will be meeting with the Church Council in the near future to discuss the implications of this decision, and to look forward to the appointment of a successor.
It is unfortunate that accounts could not be produced for the Annual Chaplaincy Meeting, since this undoubtedly added to the general atmosphere of disquiet that has clouded the church for the past few weeks. The reason is simple enough. The treasurer underwent major surgery last year and during his absence assistants were responsible for using a new software system to make payments, and it has taken some time to ascertain that the correct codes were added to each payment. The finalised accounts have now been passed to the Independent Financial Examiner for scrutiny. They will be presented shortly to the Church Council and it ought to be possible to hold an ECM before the end of the month.
Finally, I ask that you remember Wendy in your prayers. She has done much here that was worthwhile, and this is a difficult time for her. Pray also for your wardens that they may be able to face the next few challenging months, strengthened by your support and continuing prayer.
Venerable Dr John Holdsworth
Archdeacon in Cyprus
St. Andrew’s Church/Kyrenia.org