Ad Clerums

An 'ad clerum' (from the Latin meaning 'To / All Clergy') is a formal letter or announcement primarily addressed to ordained ministers, from the Bishop(s) of the Diocese. 

Issues given this formality are usually serious and the equivalent of a parliamentary 'three line whip' - i.e. there are serious consequences for those with the Bishop's Licence who do not take heed.

Below is a list of all the Ad Clerums issued by Bishop Michael and the Area Bishops.



Ad Clerum - November 2923

Our bishops respond to write to the recent debate in General Synod regarding ‘Living in Love and Faith’


Ad Clerum - October 2023

LLF - Wellbeing - Clergy Conference - +Wolverhampton appointment - Dean of Lichfield appointment


Episcopal Oversight in 2023-4

- during the vacancy in the See of Wolverhampton and Bishop Michael's sabbatical.


Holy Week and Easter 2020

Speical arrangements for diocesan and parish worship


Activities and initiatives for Holy Week and Easter 2020

Ways to help living through a prolonged 'Holy Saturday'


Holy Communion and Reserved Sacrament

29 November 2018 - ad clerum re Holy Communion and Reserved Sacrament


Communion from Reserved Sacrament Guidelines

These guidelines concern provision of communion from the sacrament consecrated at a Eucharist celebrated on a separate occasion.


Welcoming and Honouring LGBT+ People in the Diocese of Lichfield

9 May 2018 - ad clerum re including LGBT+ people in parish life


Local Lay Ministry Arrangements

24 January 2018 - ad clerum re local arrangements for worship leaders, occasional preachers, and Eucharistic assistants.


Safeguarding in the Diocese of Lichfield

18 October 2017 - ad clerum re Safeguarding


Ad Clerum - November 2023

Our bishops write about the recent debate in General Synod regarding ‘Living in Love and Faith’

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