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Record numbers ordained at Chelmsford Cathedral

1st Jul 2014

A record number of men and women from across East London and Essex were ordained as Deacons by the Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell on June 28 at Chelmsford Cathedral.

Some19 women and 13 men were ordained at three separate services in front of more than 1,700 friends and family.

This is believed to be the largest number of candidates ordained as deacons on any one day in our diocese.

Canon Philip Need, Chelmsford’s Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO), commented:

“It is wonderful that thirty two people have been ordained as deacons.  My work as DDO sees people constantly making connections between their faith and wanting to offer themselves to God. There are so many ways now in which we can serve him as faithful members of the church and we are trying to make it possible for people to answer their sense of calling in new and exciting ways.

“If you have even a slight flicker of the idea that God might be calling you to ordination, speak to your local clergy.

“Who knows? You might be on this ordination list in the coming years”.

New Deacons in East London and Essex

The new Deacons are: Nicholas Algeo, David Armstrong, Barbara Aylett, David Booth, Ruth Cartwright, Ruth Dowley, Adeola Winifred Eleyae, Margaret Fowler, Gemma Fraser, Hilda Gilbert, Hannah Graveling, Sarah Guinness, Jennifer Heinink, Susannah Howlett, Justin Hutcherson, Susan Malam, Carol Palmer, Jane Richards, Phillip Sacre, Claire Scargill, Trevor Sharp, Christopher Smaling, Andrew Smith, Susan Sterry, Edward Stock, Sandra Sykes, James Talbot, Dominic Turner, Susan Wiggins, Marion Williams, Philip Wright and Kenneth Wylie.

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Photos from the 10am, 2pm and 6pm services are available to view and download from our Flickr pages.

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Pictures from the Ordination services for priests on June 22 are also available on our Flickr pages

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