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Petertide Ordinations 2018 at Ely Cathedral - Meet Our New Priests

Posted on Wednesday 27 June 2018
On Saturday 30th June, the Diocese of Ely is delighted to see five new Priests being Ordained at Ely Cathedral. All are welcome to attend the 5pm service and here is a little more information about each person.

Mike Bigg - Ordained as Priest to serve in the Benefice of East Leightonstone

I grew up in Cambridge and for the past year have been serving in the parish of East Leightonstone (Brampton, Ellington and Grafham). Before finally giving into God’s call to ordained ministry I had a short career in IT, spent four years studying theology, and was latterly head of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at a secondary school close to Cambridge.

At the moment my spare time is spent with the family and trying to keep on top of the garden; I enjoy reading novels in any time left over. In the past I have been known to play football and cricket, dabble in IT and electronics, brew real ale, cook and play in brass bands.

Currently, I am enjoying discovering were God is already present in East Leightonstone. The people of God in this place are doing some wonderful things and I am helping out where I can. God is working his purpose out slowly but surely! 

Becky Dyball - Ordained Priest to serve in the Benefice of The Ramseys and Upwood

As a third-generation vicar (Grandfather Rev Howell Jones and Mum the Venerable Fiona Windsor) I come with a wealth of experience of how to be a rebellious vicar’s child and such an experience has continued to encourage a down-to-earth, enthusiastic, joyful ministry. I feel that I have a passion for parish ministry, leadership and communication. 

I am enjoying rural, Fenland ministry, especially the spectrum of learning offered in such a context and the “Come and See” invitation open to everyone. The family and our pet tortoise Shellington are excited by the opportunities and experiences offered in the Benefice and what God has instore as we continue our journey. 

Zachary (Zack) Guiliano - Ordained Priest to serve in the Benefice of St Benet’s, Cambridge

I am an associate editor at The Living Church magazine. I studied theology and church history at Evangel University, Harvard, and Cambridge. The author of various articles, essays, and reviews, I am currently writing up my first full-length book: The homiliary of Paul the Deacon: Religious and cultural reform in Charlemagne’s Europe. I have co-edited two volumes in Peter Lang’s Episcopal and Anglican Studies series. 

My wife and I are natives of Peoria, Illinois, a quintessentially American town. We became Anglicans via a long pilgrimage through various Christian denominations, which gave us a healthy regard for ecumenism, a love for good liturgy, and a significant appetite for theological discussion. We are studied practitioners of hospitality and the culinary arts. 

My wife is a professional musician, having just finished an MMus at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire; whilst I am merely an enthusiastic amateur. 

Diana Johnson - Ordained Priest to serve in the Benefice of Girton

London-born, I was brought up in Clerkenwell and Finchley, from which a place at Sandhurst beckoned. During 21 years of enjoyable military service some high points were active service, intelligence work in Berlin and teaching officer cadets at Sandhurst; before retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

Three years at Ridley Hall, Cambridge brought a master’s degree in Pastoral Theology to complement another in International Relations. I held a variety of teaching posts at a school in Cambridge, including as an honorary lay chaplain, for nearly 20 years.

Since being ordained as a deacon last year, I have served the people of St Andrew’s in Girton and look forward to their welcoming company for the remainder of my curacy. I have three grown-up daughters and am proud of two grandchildren, too.

I enjoy hill-walking, photography and am seldom happier than when walking in the wild places of God’s creation. 

Kathryn Waite - Ordained as Priest to serve in the Benefice of St Andrew, Chesterton

I was born and brought up in Folkestone on the Kent coast. I went to medical school at the Royal Free Hospital in London before house jobs in Rugby and King’s Lynn. We moved to Cambridge nearly 20 years ago for senior house officer jobs and we have not moved since!

Up until the end of March 2017 I was working as a Consultant Clinical Oncologist specialising in thoracic cancers working part time between the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge along with some undergraduate teaching.

I studied on the ERMC (Eastern Regional Ministry Course). I have been serving my curacy at St Andrew’s, Chesterton in North Cambridge. It has been an exciting first year during which I have learnt and experienced a huge amount. I have loved getting to know the members of the parish and wider community. I particularly enjoy spending time with people without the constraints of clinic appointment timings.

I am married and have a 15-year-old daughter. In my free time (what there is of it) I love to sing and cycle.


We also welcome....

The Revd Earl Collins who will serve at Chesterton, St Andrew