The new Archdeacon Peter Leonard

The Isle of Wight will welcome a new Archdeacon this weekend.

Peter Leonard is the former Canon Chancellor at Portsmouth Cathedral.

He will take up his new role as the senior cleric on the Isle of Wight after a ceremony at 5pm on Saturday (18 May), at Newport Minster.

The Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Christopher Foster, will lead the service, which will include local dignitaries, including the Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff.

There will be music led by a joint choir from Portsmouth Cathedral and Newport Minster.

Canon Peter Leonard previously served as a priest in Guildford diocese, then became a teacher and a headteacher before coming to Portsmouth Cathedral nearly five years ago. He is an elected representative of diocesan clergy on the Church’s national decision-making body, the General Synod.

Canon Peter Leonard said:

“I have already moved to the Island, and have been overwhelmed by the warmth of welcome I have received. I am really excited about working alongside the community here in such a beautiful setting.”

He succeeds the Venerable Peter Sutton, who has moved on to become priest-in-charge of four Hampshire villages.