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Bomb victim vicar leaves parish
Jenny Nicholson
Jenny Nicholson died in the bomb blasts
A Bristol vicar whose daughter died in the London bombings last July has announced she intends to step down from her parish role in St George.

Reverend Julie Nicholson said she is having difficulty reconciling her feelings over Jenny's death with her role as a priest at St Aidan Church.

Jennifer Nicholson, 24, died in the explosion at Edgware Road.

The Rev Nicholson said she wants to continue to work with young people within the Bristol Diocese.

Church of England spokesman John Lloyd said: "This new post is taking up her special and long-term interest in the arts and theology and is a natural extension of her ministry within the church."

This lady has lost her daughter, she can react however she wants. "Missing an opportunity?" I am certain she really doesn't give a hoot about that, and anyone who suggests this is beyond crass.
Alex Kinsman, London

Rev Julie Nicholson said: "In terms of my ministry... a colleague and a friend recently said priesthood begins in the world not in the church and I was very relieved to hear that because what I am trying to do now is redefine my priesthood.

"I am looking for a way in which I can still have priestly ministry when there are some things I can no longer practise, or I can't currently practise... and for me that's about integrity.

"It's very difficult for me to stand behind an altar and celebrate the Eucharist Communion and lead people in words of peace and reconciliation and forgiveness when I feel very far from that myself... so for the time being, for the moment, that wound in me is having to heal."

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