At a service on Sunday 8th March 2020, at Perranzabuloe Parish Church, St Piran, people from across the Diocese of Truro were awarded the St Piran Cross. Among them was Roger Sullivan, a member at St Anta Church; his wife, Doreen, was also awarded a St Piran Cross just one year ago!
The citation for Roger’s award is given in full, below:
Roger Sullivan learnt to ring bells at St Anta and All Saints Church in Carbis Bay in 1952 as a 12 year old boy. In 1974 he became the steeple keeper and from then has spent time caring for the bells, teaching people to ring with some coming to faith as a result.
Roger was made Deanery Steward in 1982 for Penwith Deanery which involved visiting as many towers as possible, giving support, assistance and encouragement, being out bellringing 5 or 6 times a week. He stood down from this role in 1999; however, until recently, he has continued supporting other towers many evenings a week. Due to health reasons he stood down from steeple keeper in 2019 but continued as tower co-ordinator, meeting, greeting and hosting visiting ringers.
Roger has also set up the 8 a.m. communion service at St Anta for the past 17 years. He helps to clean the church and support his wife, Doreen, in her church ministry.
In the past he has visited Marie Therèse House in Hayle weekly and helped with fundraising for Parkinson’s and MS charities. He is a much loved character both locally and further afield. He would go that extra mile to give assistance and encouragement to anyone when needed.