Nineteen newly ordained into the Diocese

What do a former financial adviser, health visitor, diplomat, weights enthusiast and a probation officer have in common? They are all part of a group of priests and deacons ordained into the Church of England at services in Rochester Cathedral, and at St Nicholas, Sevenoaks, at the end of September. (Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September, 2018).

The 19 will now serve in parishes across Medway, north west Kent and the London Boroughs of Bromley and Bexley, which make up the Church of England Diocese of Rochester.

Meet our 19 newly ordained ministers here 

Bishop James Langstaff, the Bishop of Rochester, who conducted the ordinations at the Cathedral said:

“It is wonderful to see such a diverse and talented group of people following their call to serve God and others here in the Diocese. Each bring their own unique gifts, which will only go to enrich the lives of their communities and all those they encounter.”

Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations, Canon Pamela Ive said:

“We have seen a growth in the number of those going forward for ordination in the Diocese. The call which those who are newly ordained have heard may have started a long time ago – and may have begun with something as simple as a conversation.

"This is always such an exciting time in the life of the Church because, being open to God’s call can sometimes lead people to places they never expected, and to using skills they never even knew they had the potential to develop.”

A person is ordained a deacon once they have completed their initial ordination training. Following ordination as a deacon, they begin a period of 3 years within a parish – known as a curacy – during which they work alongside an experienced priest to gain a wide experience of ministry in church and community.

After a year of curacy, some continue in ministry as distinctive deacons, while for most, the next step is ordination as a priest.

The ordinands were introduced to the Diocese via the Diocese of Rochester’s Facebook and Twitter feeds to invite people’s prayers and best wishes for them.

Meet our 19 newly ordained ministers here 

You can view our gallery of images from the weekend here:





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