Diocese of Sheffield sees big weekend of ordinations

1st July 2018

Ordination services took centre stage this past weekend with 14 new candidates being ordained at Sheffield Cathedral.

Church of England candidates who are called to ordained ministry are presented to their bishop at this time of the year at special services.  For their first year following the ordinations, the candidates are known as deacons.  They will now serve in parishes around the Diocese of Sheffield for 12 months before being presented again for ordination to the priesthood in 2019.

The full list of deacons is as follows:

  • Joseph Edward Cooper - Christ Church, Stannington
  • Daniel James Parkinson - Doncaster Minster
  • James Arthur Anson Norris - St Chad, Woodseats
  • Rebecca Ruth Otieno (SSM) - Christ Church, Wadsley Bridge
  • Claire Williams (SSM) - St Mark, Grenoside
  • Jacqueline Mary Gardner (SSM) - St Laurence, Adwick-le-Street
  • Louise Sarah Castle (SSM) - St Mark, Mosborough
  • Angela Teasdale (SSM) - Wadworth with Loversall and Balby
  • Diane Etchell (SSM) - St Mary, Greasbrough
  • Casey Alan Strine (SSM) - St Thomas Crookes
  • Louise Alison Yaull (SSM) - St Polycarp, Malin Bridge
  • Anwyl David Whitehead (SSM) - St John the Baptist, Chapeltown
  • Thomas Andrew Brown - St Thomas, Kilnhurst
  • Stewart Clarke Deering - Holy Cross, Gleadless Valley

The Bishop of Sheffield, the Rt Revd Pete Wilcox, and the Bishop of Maidstone, the Rt Revd Rod Thomas, conducted the ordinations at Sheffield Cathedral on Sunday 1 July.  It is the first time Bishop Pete has ordained as he was only installed as the Bishop of Sheffield in September 2017, three months after the last round of ordinations.

Also, on Saturday 30 June, nine people who were made deacons in 2017 were ordained as priests.  These have now served for one year in parishes throughout the diocese.  These services were also carried out by the Bishop of Sheffield, Pete Wilcox and the Bishop of Maidstone, Rod Thomas.

All of the services included readings, hymns and music to reflect the joy and solemnity of the occasion.  They were joined by family, friends and representatives of the congregations in which they will serve.

Photos are available below.

You can also watch a full interview with Dr Louise Moss, one of those to be ordained, below.

In the Anglican Church, Petertide, also known as St Peter’s Tide, is the major one of two traditional periods for the ordination of new priests and is held on the Sunday nearest to St Peter’s Day.

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