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New clergy ordained across Redditch, Bromsgrove and Droitwich

Redditch Editorial 8th Jul, 2024   0

NEW clergy were ordained over the weekend to serve in parishes across the Worcester Diocese, including Redditch, Bromsgrove and Droitwich.

Martin Allen, Fiona Carter, Linda Nicholas and James Homer were among those who completed their first year and were ordained priests in the Cathedral on Saturday – they are now able to preside at the Holy Communion.

A further nine candidates were ordained Deacon on Sunday and are entering their first year of training as a curate.

The ordination services were led by the bishops of Worcester and Dudley, with Bishop John ordaining the Priests and Bishop Martin ordaining the Deacons.

Helen Stanton, warden of the diocesan retreat house, Holland House, preached at both services having led a pre-ordination retreat for all candidates.

Dean Hall was ordained as a deacon and will serve in the benefice of Tardebigge, Redditch

He said: “I led this as churchwarden but as time went on, I felt I needed a more solid qualification and some training.

“We are not called to do – we are called to be. I am excited by my calling and look forward to discovering what I am called to be.”

Martin Allen will be serving at St Laurence’s Church, in Alvechurch and Holy Trinity, in Redditch.

He said he felt privileged top be licensed to two churches.

“I started the discernment for the ordination process having a desire to bless people.

“Once I am ordained priest, I know doing that formally and being a blessing to others will be special too.”

Fiona Carter is serving in the benefice of Christ the King in Redditch.

She said she had enjoyed her year as a deacon and was looking forward to her forthcoming year.

“I am looking forward to officiating at weddings, as well as becoming more confident with the things I have learnt this year and to start to do other new things.

Linda Nicholas is serving at St Peter’s Church in Ipsley.

She said: “It is the most amazing experience to be able to carry out this and other ministries that God has called me to.

I really look forward to being ordained as a priest and especially to celebrate at the Lord’s table.

“To share this sacrament with others and enable them to meet with Jesus in so many ways in the Eucharist.”

James Homer will be serving Elmley Lovett with Hampton Lovett, Elmbridge with Rushock,  Hartlebury and Ombersley with Doverdale.

He said: “I look forward not only to the ability to fulfil all the sacramental functions, especially the eucharist, but also, being in rural parishes, to hopefully becoming part of the fabric of the locality.”

Bishop John said: ‘’This will be the last ordination at which I preside, it has been one of the greatest privileges of being a bishop.

“This year more deacons and prayers will be ordained than in any of the past 16.

“They will be a great gift to everyone in the places they will be ministering.”


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