The banner image is of Bishop David with Michelle Webb and there are more images below.

The immense privilege of being able to pray with each individual being ordained is a highlight and significant memory of this year's ordination of deacons for Bishop David. 

In the past week there have been 12 deacons ordained in the diocese, some of them in the cathedral and others in parishes. Bishop Nicholas says those ordained have already begun ministry as licensed lay workers in parishes and so for some there was the chance to pray in the place in which they are already ministering to others.

The ordinations were organised in a way to work with the guidance from public health and also the Church of England and individual services gave the most opportunity for those being ordained to have others gather alongside them in prayer and support. The bishops wish to express their appreciation for the way in which the staff of the cathedral and the parishes have prepared for the services with the ever-changing requirements of social distancing, and to the archdeacons who preached at all but one of those services. 

Bishop Nicholas says he also wants to acknowledge the disruption that those being ordained as deacons and priests have faced with delays in services and while he says disruption is part of ministry the past few months were very difficult. Both bishops want to thank the new deacons and priests for their forbearance and faithfulness. The Diocesan Director of Ordinands, Sonia Barron, was also grateful to be able to be with those being ordained in their parishes and describes the services as very personal and prayerful. 

 The bishops are inviting the diocese to welcome and pray for the ministry of those ordained priest in the coming week: Paul Maple, Matt Rodgers, James Titley, Robert Jaggs-Fowler, Simon Dean, Alice Jolley, Sarah Tierney, Sara Davies, Sherine Angus, Alex Borman, Aron Donaldson, and Catherine Wylie. 

Below: Barbara Manterfield at her ordination with Bishop Nicholas and Archdeacon Justine on the right. 

 

Below: Jane Foster-Smith and her training incumbent Adam Watson

Below: Bishop David and Liz Johnson

Below: The Revd Sonia Barron and Liz Johnson

Below: Bishop David and Michelle Webb