Diocese of Carlisle Petertide Ordinations
Twelve people have been ordained as deacons and priests following two special services at Carlisle Cathedral.
Five were ordained Deacon by the Bishop of Carlisle during a first service at 10.30am on Sunday 28 June. They were:
• Rev Andrew Norman to serve Cartmel Peninsula Team Ministry with training incumbent Nicholas Ash,
• Rev Joanna Hurst to serve Holy Trinity, Kendal, with training incumbent Rob Saner Haigh,
• Rev Robin Ham to serve Barrow Deanery as a Pioneer Minister with training incumbent Gary Cregeen,
• Rev Carl Harding to serve St Michael’s Stanwix, Carlisle, with training incumbent Nigel Beer,
• Rev Katharine Butterfield to serve the Benefice of Morland, Thrimby etc, with training incumbent Stewart Fyfe.
As part of the ordination service, the candidates were addressed by the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev James Newcome, who said: "They are to proclaim the gospel in word and deed, as agents of God's purposes of love. They are to serve the community in which they are set, bringing to the Church the needs and hopes of all the people. They are to work with their fellow members in searching out the poor and weak, the sick and lonely and those who are oppressed and powerless, reaching into the forgotten corners of the world, that the love of God may be made visible."
At an afternoon service, seven people were ordained as priests by the Bishop. They were:
• Rev John Griffiths to serve The Heart of Eden Team with training incumbent Sarah Lunn,
• Rev Matthew Keddilty to serve St Mary with Holy Trinity, Ulverston, with training incumbent Alan Bing,
• Rev Heather Lowe to serve Harrington and Distington as a Pioneer Minister with training incumbent Julia Powley,
• Rev Graham Potter to serve St Luke’s, Morton, Carlisle, as a Pioneer Minister with training incumbent Penny Maginn,
• Rev Carl Carter to serve the Benefice of Millom with training incumbent Clive Shaw,
• Rev Anne Pettifor to serve the Kirkby Lonsdale Team Ministry with training incumbent Richard Snow,
• Rev Caroline Kennedy to serve St Kentigern, Aspatria, with training incumbent Tim Herbert. (Caroline also serves as Chaplain to Trinity School, Carlisle)
At both services the Cathedral was almost full to capacity with friends, family and parishioners offering support to the ordinands.
The Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness the Ven Penny Driver had previously led a retreat for all the ordinands at Rydal Hall in the lead up to Sunday’s services.
The Ven George Howe, Diocesan Director of Ordinands, said: “It’s a privilege and a joy to see people you’ve accompanied on their vocational journey through to this point of Ordination.”
Deacon is one of the orders of ministry, to which all clergy in the Church of England are admitted. Some remain deacons all their lives but most are ordained priest usually a year after being ordained a deacon. Deacons have a full ministry in the Church of England but unlike priests, cannot preside at the Eucharist, pronounce the absolution or pronounce the Trinitarian blessing.
For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01228 815401 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.