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23 New Revs for the Diocese *Updated

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New priests and deacons to serve across Dorset and Wiltshire

23 New Revs for the Diocese *Updated

Nine new deacons were made on Sunday 28 June

Fourteen new priests and nine new deacons, serving in parishes across Wiltshire and Dorset, were ordained at Salisbury Cathedral over the weekend of Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June. They are part of a huge contingent of around 1,000 new clergy being ordained across the Church of England this summer.

The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, the Bishop of Ramsbury, the Rt Revd Dr Ed Condry, and the Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd June Osborne, were all present at both services.

One new priest who made a radical change in career direction is Dr Janneke Blokland, the Curate of Marlborough. Janneke, born and bred in the Netherlands, holds a PhD in semiconductor nanostructures and was working as a researcher in the prestigious Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin when she felt a call to the priesthood.

Janneke said, “I am really interested in people, and enjoy helping people understand their own experiences better and put them into words. In a small town like Marlborough, I’m recognised and often the person who has time to chat when others are busy. I can have a coffee with someone and quietly reflect on the questions they have – that can be the most valuable thing you can give.”

One of the new deacons is Kevin Rogers, a former social worker who worked in family support and child protection. Married with three children, one still in education, he will serve at St Luke’s in Poole’s Parkstone district.

Kevin said, “I think I had a call to ministry for ages, but it took me a long time to accept it!

“I’m really looking forward to being in a role where people expect me to talk about Christianity, and the opportunities for conversation and prayer that come with that. I also want to help people in the Church to live as followers of Jesus Christ in their daily lives, especially at work.

“I know there will be challenges as well as opportunities in being such a public Christian – sometimes speaking up for the right thing isn’t popular with everyone!” 

Have a look at photos from these joyful occasions here.

The full list of newly ordained clergy is as follows

2015 New Priests.jpgThe following were ordained priest by the Bishop of Salisbury at Salisbury Cathedral on Saturday, 27 June 2014 at 4.30pm.

Sally Bedborough
Assistant Curate of St Peter’s, Parkstone

Dr Janneke Blokland
Assistant Curate of Marlborough

Ali Bridewell
Assistant Curate of Bemerton

Linda Carter
Assistant Curate of Broadstone

Margaret Collins
Assistant Curate of Warminster Christchurch

Matt Earwicker
Assistant Curate of Salisbury St Mark and Laverstock St Andrew

Tess Fuhri
Assistant Curate of Heatherlands St John

Ruth Gillings
Assistant Curate of Atworth with Shaw and Whitley

Chris Harwood
Assistant Curate of Poole St James with St Paul and Poole Missional Community

Mark Hay
Assistant Curate of Longfleet

Daniel Ingles
Assistant Curate of Beaminster

Ronald Martin
Assistant Curate of Sherborne

The Revd Dr Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh
Licensed to Sarum College

Alison Whiting
Assistant Curate of Dorchester

The following were made deacon by the Bishop at Salisbury Cathedral on Sunday 28 June 2014 at 10.30am.

Lynn Bowerman
Assistant Curate of Branksome St Clements

Carolyn Couzens
Assistant Curate of Lilliput

Jo Haine
Assistant Curate of Dorchester

Asa Humphreys
Assistant Curate of Talbot Village

Heather Leppard
Harnham St George and All Saints

Marcus Mak
Assistant Curate of the North Poole Ecumenical Team

Kevin Rogers
Assistant Curate of Parkstone St Luke

Dominic Thornton
Assistant Curate of Salisbury St Thomas and St Edmund

Mo Willis
Assistant Curate of Branksome St Clement

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