Twenty-two new Deacons and Priests, together with our Bishops and other diocesan officers.
On Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2012 respectively, eleven new Priests and eleven new Deacons were ordained by the Bishops of Coventry and Warwick to serve in parishes throughout the City and County.
By ancient tradition the Church ordains deacons and priests on a date as close as possible to the feast day of St Peter (29th June). Peter was the most prominent of the Apostles of Jesus Christ, and Jesus described him as the ‘rock’ on which the Church would be built.
The new Deacons have undertaken a course of study and training, and they will serve as Curates (assistant ministers) while their training continues. As Deacons they will lead worship and carry out pastoral and teaching work, but will not yet be able to lead services of Holy Communion. The new Priests have already served as Deacons for a year. Having been ordained Priests they will remain in their present parishes while their ongoing training continues.
Those ordained this year include women and men. Some of them will continue in employment outside the church, supporting their ordained ministry from their own resources. Others will work full-time within the church.
The Bishop of Coventry, the Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, says:
“It’s going to be a great moment in the lives of these twenty-two people when they are ordained. It will also be a great moment, not only for the Church, but for the whole of Coventry and Warwickshire; because these are people who are going out into their communities wanting to help and serve, and to bring healing, hope, joy and faith.”
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