Priesting 2015

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undefinedPictured after their ordination at Chester Cathedral on Saturday (20 June 2015) are 20 new priests to serve our diocese. Their names are listed below.

Janet Arnold Holy Cross Woodchurch

Robert Barker St Thomas and All Saints Ellesmere Port

Paul Bentley St John the Divine Frankby with St Nicholas Greasby

David Cowie Holy Trinity Chester

Lesley Currie All Saints Marple

Michael Fox St Oswald Bollington

Rebecca Gibbs All Saints Cheadle Hulme

Veronica Green St Boniface Bunbury and St Jude Tilstone Fearnall

Emma Handley St Mark Bredbury

Andrew Knight St Michael Mottram-in-Longendale

Jonathan Lindsay-Scott St Chad Romiley

Derek Marshall St Catherine Tranmere

Helena Mayles St Chad Over

Hilary Merrington St John Kingsley, St John Norley,and Christ Church Crowton

Jane Millinchip St Helen Witton (Northwich)

James Neal St Mary Ashton upon Mersey

Calum Piper St Hilary Wallasey

Richard Sherratt St Peter and the Good Shepherd Heswall

Debra Stott Christ Church Moreton

Christopher Viney St Mary Newton with Flowery Field

With them in the top row of the photograph are: Bishops Peter, Libby and Keith; Archdeacons Ian and Mike; Diocesan Registrar Helen McFall; and preacher at the service David Day (former principal of St John‘s College, Durham, and author of the widely-used ‘Preaching Workbook’); Honorary Assistant Bishops Graham Dow and John Hayden; and Bishop’s Chaplain John Hine. In the lower group with the newly priested are our Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO) Magdalen Smith and Assistant DDO Lorraine Reed. Photograph by Simon Warburton.

Towards the end of the service the newly-ordained priests were invited to stand, and Bishops Keith and Libby gave to each a Bible, saying: “Receive this book, as a sign of the authority which God has given you this day to preach the gospel of Christ and to minister his holy sacraments.”

The new priests were sent out to these words: “God who has called you is faithful. May the Father, whose glory fills the heavens, cleanse you by his holiness and send you to proclaim his word.

“May Christ, who has ascended to the heights, pour upon you the riches of his grace.”

Above, an extra photo of the newly-priested - a 'selfie' taken by the Revd James Neal (in the foreground)

Below (L to R), Young Vocations Advisor the Revd Calum Piper, DDO the Revd Magdalen Smith, Assistant DDO the Revd Lorraine Reed and Young Vocations Advisor Helen Males