Congratulations to Revd Mark Gallagher, Curate in Bangor Abbey, who has just been admitted as a full member of The Society of Ordained Scientists.
Mark, who was ordained in 2015, is a trained research and development chemist with academic and industrial experience. He is passionate about both faith and science so when he found out about the Society he was more than a little intrigued.
The Society of Ordained Scientists was founded in 1986 by Revd Dr Arthur Peacocke, a British Anglican theologian and biochemist. Through community, daily prayer and regular retreats, the Society “works to strengthen and enrich the ministry and faith of those who work in both (science and faith).”
Earlier this year Mark met with the Warden, Revd Stig Graham, in Coventry Cathedral and was granted associate status. This week he attended the annual gathering in Hinsley Hall, Leeds, and was admitted as a full member of the Society by Rt Revd Dr David Walker, Bishop of Manchester.
Mark says: “In a world that can seem isolating for someone who straddles both science and faith, it has been such a pleasure to meet and spend time with others who are as passionate about Christian ministry and scientific research as I am.
“During my time studying for ordination I read and quoted Arthur Peacocke in various essays, as well as those who are current members and associates of the Society. I count it a huge privilege and honour to now be admitted as a full member.”
Pictured above L–R: Bishop David Walker (Episcopal visitor), Revd Mark Gallagher and Revd Stig Graham (Warden of the Society of Ordained Scientists).