South Elmsall’s new vicar meets her flock

The Revd Margaret Gallagher.'St Mary's church (South Elmsall) new vicar, and also the first female vicar in St Mary's church history.'h305b440
The Revd Margaret Gallagher.'St Mary's church (South Elmsall) new vicar, and also the first female vicar in St Mary's church history.'h305b440

The bells of change have been chiming to welcome a new vicar to South Elmsall.

Rev Margaret Gallagher, 54, was officially inducted by the Bishop of Pontefract and Area Bishop of Wakefield, Rev Tony Robinson, last month at a ceremony at St Mary’s Church in South Elmsall.

She was welcomed to the parish by South Elmsall’s mayor Coun Peter Jordan and Rev Jacquie Evans of Trinity Methodist Church.

Rev Gallagher, previously a curate at St John the Evangelist Church, Carrington, Nottingham, has been meeting her new parishioners.

She said: “I would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the induction evening such a memorable occasion.

“I was attracted to South Elmsall because of the traditional worship and warmth in the community.”

Before training for the priesthood Rev Gallagher was a nurse at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and has also been a midwife.

She is married to Kevin and has four grown up children.

Rev Gallagher, who is the town’s first female vicar, added: “During my time here I would like the church to be at the heart of the community.

“I am looking forward to a long and happy ministry here in South Elmsall.”

She replaces the previous vicar, Paul Witts, who left the parish 18 months ago.