The latest cohort of new priests and deacons – known as ‘ordinands’ – were ordained at the weekend to serve in The Church of England in Lancashire
Five services took place across the two days.
The group of 18 ordinands was made up of 10 Deacons and 8 Priests.
As well as pictures from all five services- see below - our new video, featuring two of the Deacons and two of the priests, is on the Diocesan YouTube channel and embedded here.
The video features Rebecca Feeney (Standish); Ian Sarginson (Clitheroe); Lois Ward (Poulton, Carleton and Singleton) and Adam Thomas (Lytham).
The video also features all three of our Bishops, Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn; Rt Rev. Philip North, Bishop of Burnley and Rt Rev. Dr Jill Duff, Bishop of Lancaster, in conversation about the importance of ordination.
On Saturday, June 29, at Blackburn Cathedral, Bishop Jill ordained eight of the Deacons while Bishop Julian ordained five of the Priests at services at 10.30am and 2.30pm respectively.
Three further services for five ordinands were then held in parishes the next day, Sunday June 30: Bishop Julian ordained two Deacons at 10.30am at St John’s in Whittle-le-Woods at 10.30am and two Priests at St Andrew, Ashton-on-Ribble, at 2.30pm. Meanwhile the final Priest was ordained by Bishop Philip, at Fleetwood, St Peter and St David at 6pm on Sunday.
Bishop Julian said today: “It was a joy and a delight to see men and women released and authorised for ministry at the five services which took place over the weekend.
“This year we had a great cohort of candidates. May their ministry bring much blessing in the parishes where they will serve.
”As part of Vision 2026 we also committed to growing vocations and increasing the number of ordinands and curates in training. The Bishop’s Ordination Fund helps to fund the grants made to assist with living and removal costs of those in training. Visit this page on our website where you can donate to all our present funds, including the Bishop's Ordination Fund.
Deacons, Blackburn Cathedral
Priests, Blackburn Cathedral
|Deacons, St John’s in Whittle-le-Woods
Front row, l-r, Archdeacon of Lancaster, The Ven. Michael Everitt; Rt Rev. Philip North, Bishop of Burnley; Kit Walker; Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn; Paul Davies; Rev. Matt Allen, Director of Studies, All Saints; back row, l-r, Rev. Nick McKee, Director ofVocations; Archdeacon of Blackburn, The Ven. Mark Ireland; Rev. Philip Venables, Vicar of St John’s.
|Priests, St Andrew’s, Ashton-on-Ribble
Front row, l-r, Archdeacon of Lancaster, The Ven. Michael Everitt; Peter Harvey; Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn; Jonathan Wei Sing Lee; Rt Rev. Philip North, Bishop of Burnley; Rev. Matt Allen, Director of Studies, All Saints; back row, l-r, Rev. Nick McKee, Director of Vocations; Archdeacon of Blackburn, The Ven. Mark Ireland; Rev. James Nash, Vicar of St Andrew’s.
Priest, St Peter and St David, Fleetwood
Ronnie Semley, June 2019