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Thousands attend ordinations in Durham

People from diverse walks of life were ordained as Priests and Deacons in the Diocese of Durham at ceremonies staged in Durham Cathedral on Saturday 28th June (Priests) and Sunday 29th June (Deacons).

Each one has been called to ordained ministry after amassing a wealth of experiences in a wide range of places and jobs and they include a forensic investigator dealing with major incidents and a social media consultant that had dreamt of running her own church since childhood, a nurse, a former luxury car engineer, and two who overcame serious illness on their way to Ordination. 

The ordination weekend saw nearly two thousand people in large congregations at the Cathedral on both days. Diocesan Director of Ordinands Richard Collins said: “This has been a fantastic two days following on from three days of reflective retreat for the ordinands. This is just the start of their ordained ministry, for the Deacons this is the first year - where they serve the church family ahead of being ordained this time next year as priest. For the newly ordained priests, this signifies the start of their ordained ministry as leaders of ministry. It is also hugely reassuring that so many people come to the ordination ceremonies each year and this demonstrates that the support that all the ordinands have from their churches and communities for the work they do. Now that this years ordinations are over it’s time to start the planning and work leading up to next year.” 

The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham ordained the new Priests and Deacons his first time since taking up office as the Bishop of Durham in February. Bishop Paul said: “These are very special occasions, ones that will live with the ordinands for the rest of their lives and those of their families. Along the way to ordination, ordinands are supported by their families, friends, colleagues and the parishes in which they serve or have attended. Families in particular provide significant contributions in many cases making changes in their own lives to support the ordinands on their journey to being ordained Deacon and then Priest. I want to thank everyone involved in this journey for their unfailing support, encouragement, sacrifice and love - ‘You make a real difference - thank you’.”

Eight Priests were ordained on Saturday evening 28th and 11 Deacons Sunday 29th. A further Priest will be ordained this week by the Bishop of Beverley.

Those Ordained were:

ORDINATION OF PRIESTS (Saturday 28th)

•           Revd Paul Child - Monkwearmouth

•           Revd Claire Gibbs - Evenwood, Cockfield and Lynesack

•           Revd Glen Macknight - Penshaw & Shiney Row

•           Revd Catherine Mitchell - Croxdale & Kirk Merrington

•           Revd Joan Robinson - Blaydon

•           Revd Fiona Collin - Sunderland

•           Revd George Lackenby - Harlow Green & Lamesley

•           Revd Caroline Ferguson - Darlington 

ORDINATION OF DEACON (Sunday 29th)

•           Revd Andrea Dart, Bowburn

•           Revd Lorna Gardner, Blaydon and Swalwell

•           Revd Barbara Hilton, Heighington and Darlington

•           Revd Debbie Loughran, Hetton-Lyons with Eppleton

•           Revd Margaret Mackay, High Spen and Rowlands Gill

•           Revd Kyle McNeil, Cockerton, Darlington

•           Revd Nicholas Moore, Hartlepool

•           Revd Susan Plummer, Darlington

•           Revd Rebecca Tobin, The Boldons

•           Revd Kevin Kitson, Durham

•           Revd Bryony Taylor, Houghton le Spring 

Fr James Leigh - Horden - will be ordained later this week as a Priest by the Bishop of Beverley.

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