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22 New Revs for Dorset and Wilts

by glynch — last modified 29 Jun, 2014 02:43 PM

Part of huge contingent of almost 1,000 new clergy across the C of E.

22 New Revs for Dorset and Wilts

New Deacons for 2014, made on Sunday morning

Eleven new priests and eleven new deacons, serving in parishes across Wiltshire and Dorset, were ordained at Salisbury Cathedral over the weekend of Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June. They are part of a huge contingent of 488 deacons and 474 priests who will be ordained across the Church of England this summer.

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The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, the Bishop of Ramsbury, Dr Ed Condry, the Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, and the Dean of Salisbury, June Osborne, were all present at both services.

Among the people priested on Sunday were a married couple, the Revds Richard and Ruth Wyld. Their ordination was particularly poignant as it is 20 years since Ruth’s mother, the Revd Sarah Chapman, was one of the women ordained priest in the very first year it was possible in the Church of England.

2014 New PriestsRuth and Richard have just completed the first year of ordained ministry as Deacons in North Dorset – Richard serves in Sherborne, Ruth in the Queen Thorne Benefice which covers six small villages just outside the town, the largest of which is Nether Compton.

Ruth said, “Curacy is exciting. I’ve learned more and been challenged more this year than the previous three decades!

“Life as a two-clergy couple isn’t as crazy as I thought it would be. We get to have lunch and dinner together most days.”

Ordinations of priests and deacons are annual events marking the culmination of years of training, and are highly significant events for the ordinands themselves, their family and friends, and the parishes they serve.

Bottom photo: newly consecrated priests with our three bishops, the Dean and the Canon Treasurer.

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