Following the Ordination Retreat “Taken, Blessed, Broken, Given” held at Bishop Woodford House, twelve priests were ordained on Saturday and nine deacons on Sunday.
Revd Catherine Williams led the retreat and gave two inspirational sermons at both services. As she said “This is a day of celebration, English summertime has broken out at last …this is just one cohort of nearly 900 people to be ordained in the Church of England this year, there is much to celebrate”.
With the glorious hot weather, the cool of the Cathedral provided a fantastic and welcoming setting for both services. A full congregation comprising those who have been part of the ordinands’ journeys so far; supporting them, guiding them, encouraging them and much much more.
Bishop Stephen reflected “It has been a great joy and privilege to ordain nine new deacons and twelve new priests to serve in parishes all across the diocese. It is wonderful and inspiring to witness so many different people responding to God’s call to ordained ministry, and to watch them as they become ever more fully alive in Jesus Christ. Christ calls every one of us, first in baptism, and then to all kinds of other vocations and ministries. For these twenty-one people, this weekend marked a particular stage on their journey, and who knows what other vocations have been awakened or stirred, and who else might now be thinking about setting out on that adventure?”
Our Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations, Revd Dr Megan Daffern said “It was wonderful to share these last few days with such a special cohort of people at this important stage of their journey in ordained ministry. Being a newcomer to the Diocese I didn’t know them well beforehand, but I have rejoiced to get to know them better, both individually and as a group. They come from many different backgrounds, with all sorts of different stories, and they are contributing to the life of the church in so many varied ways. It is amazing to see God calling such a rich group of people together who bring a fabulous range of gifts to a wide range of ministry contexts. I pray that their infectious enthusiasm for and commitment to their faith will draw many to Christ, and help others hear God’s call on their own lives.”
The photographs capture only part of the joy and celebration of the day and can be viewed in a special album on our Facebook page
You can listen Revd Catherine Williams’ sermons on the Cathedral Soundcloud Channel
Watch this space for news items introducing the new curates over the coming weeks!
The full list of candidates is available here
If you think that God might be calling you or someone you know to a new ministry in the Ely Diocese or the wider Church of England, do email Megan at email@example.com, or Gina at firstname.lastname@example.org.