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Sons and Friends of the Clergy

The Master attended the 364th annual Festival Service of the Sons & Friends of the Clergy at St Paul's Cathedral,  processing into the Cathedral along with many other gowned Livery Masters.  The Festival is funded by the Stewards, an historic title for those who were responsible for organising the Festival until 1975.  It is now organised by staff of the Sons and Friends of the Clergy charity.  Today, becoming a Steward is a way of supporting the Festival and work of the charity and  the Master  became a Steward for the first time to support this year's Festival.  The address was given by the newly installed Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally.  The origins of the charity date back to 1655 in the time of the Commonwealth and today it supports Anglican clergy with financial grants in times of distress and hardship, and also promotes clergy well being.

For more on the charity see http://www.sonsandfriends.org.uk/

Image: The newly installed Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally