Deaconing 2014

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undefinedTwenty-one people were ordained as deacons at Chester Cathedral on Sunday 29 June 2014. The service was led by the Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster.

The Rt Revd Brian Noble (Bishop-Emeritus of Shrewsbury Roman Catholic Diocese) preached on the theme of servanthood and the diaconate, citing the Gospel accounts of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples.

Prior to the ordination service, Bishop Brian (who is a Canon Ecumenical of Chester Cathedral) led a silent retreat for Ordinands at Foxhill, our retreat and conference centre.

Please pray for the newly-deaconed, listed below …

Janet Arnold: Holy Cross, Woodchurch
Paul Bentley: Saint John the Divine, Frankby, with Saint Nicholas, Greasby

David Cowie: Holy Trinity, Chester
Rebecca Gibbs: All Saints, Cheadle Hulme
Emma Handley: Saint Mark, Bredbury
Andrew Knight: St Michael, Mottram-in-Longdendale
Jonathan Lindsay Scott: St Chad, Romiley
Helena Mayles: Saint Chad, Over

James Neal: Saint Mary, Ashton upon Mersey, and Sale West Community Church
Calum Piper: Wallasey, Saint Hilary
Richard Sherratt: Heswall
Lesley Currie: All Saints, Marple
Michael Fox:St Oswald,  Bollington
Veronica Green: Bunbury

John Leal: St Peter, Rock Ferry (sub conditione)
Hilary Merrington: St John, Kingsley, St John, Norley, and Christ Church, Crowton
Jane Millinchip: St Helen, Witton (Northwich)
Debra Stott: Christ Church, Moreton
Christopher Viney: St Mary, Newton with Flowery Field
Derek Marshall: Saint Catherine, Tranmere
Rob  Barker: St Thomas and All Saints, Ellesmere Port

The above-mentioned deacons are in the lower half of the picture above. In the top half are Bishops Peter Forster ((Chester) and Keith Sinclair (Birkenhead), Archdeacons Mike Gilbertson and Ian Bishop, the Diocesan Registrar Helen McFall, RC Bishop Brian Noble, Archbishop of Melanesia David Vunagi, and Chester Cathedral’s Canon Residentiary and Canon Chancellor, Jane Brooke

Pictured below, Bishop Brian Noble

It was an unusual move, to ask a Roman Catholic bishop to lead our diocese’s retreat for those to be ordained as deacons.

The Rt Revd Brian Noble led the retreat and preached at the ordination service.

Bishop Noble also spent time with candidates for deaconing as they gathered for three days of spiritual reflection (at Foxhill in Frodsham) and led morning and evening prayers during his stay.

The Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster, invited his friend Bishop Brian to lead the spiritual retreat.

Bishop Peter said: “I was delighted that Bishop Brian agreed to lead the retreat and preach at the ordination. He is already well-known to the Cathedral and perhaps the best way to advance ecumenism today is through practical co-operation and common mission.”

Bishop Brian said: “As an Ecumenical Canon of the Cathedral I was both happy and honoured to be invited by Bishop Peter to accompany in retreat those now about to embark on their new commitment to service. Pray for them and for myself.”