A professional musician and retired chiropodist were among the men and women ordained as deacons of the Church of England at Chichester Cathedral last month.
Ordination marks the first official step into either paid or unpaid church ministry and the Rev Stephen Buckman has left behind his composing career for his ministry starting at All Saints Church, Roffey.
He said: “I first gained a sense of my vocation to the ordained ministry when I was in my teens. Whilst studying in Paris I developed a profound understanding of how music and spirituality are closely linked.
“My teacher, a world-famous composer and organist, saw all his creativity as being driven by his profound faith in God; he was always keen that his students should understand and recognise that mystery. For many years I strove to understand how God was calling me to move from the podium to the pulpit. Having finally taken that step I find myself on the most exciting and daunting journey imaginable.”
Also among the ordinands was the Rev Rosemary Cattell, 60, who currently serves at Holy Innocents, Southwater.
She met her husband Mike at Horsham St Mary’s where she served as tower captain and in her non-stipendary post at St Margaret’s, Warnham she hopes to reignite her passion for bellringing. Before retiring from paid employment she worked in various of scientific posts and after redundancy as a self-employed chiropodist.
Rev Peter O’Connell will start at St Peter, Henfield, St Giles, Shermanbury and St Peter, Woodmancote and the Rev Maureen Young is due to serve at St Mary Magdalene, Rusper with St Saviour, Colgate.