Parishes will turn out in great numbers to join family and friends supporting those women and men to be ordained priest in the Diocese of Chichester this weekend (Saturday 10 June, 6pm).
All of the candidates at the three services have already been ordained deacon. As priests the newly ordained will be able to celebrate the Eucharist and offer God’s blessing as their vocation to the priesthood finally comes to fruition.
The candidates are all currently working alongside experienced colleagues as they prepare for their new responsibilities.
Candidates at St Swithun’s, East Grinstead, will be ordained by the Bishop of Horsham, Mark Sowerby, whilst the Bishop of Lewes, Richard Jackson, will ordain at Holy Cross, Uckfield.
The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, will ordain at St Bartholomew’s, Brighton.
He said: “For each of the candidates, supported as they will be by loved ones, wider family and friends and, of course, the people where they are already serving as deacons, this is a huge day.
“Working prayerfully and creatively with those who feel that they have a vocation to the priesthood is a huge priority for us in the Diocese of Chichester and each and every one of these new priests will be welcomed and supported by the wider diocesan family.”
Bishop Martin will be at St Bartholomew’s Brighton ordaining as priests the following:
Andy Birks, St Andrews Portslade
Toby Boutle, St Georges Whyke
Robert Coupland, St Michael and All Angels, & St Paul’s Brighton
John Underhill, St Andrew’s Eastbourne
+Mark will be at St Swithun’s East Grinstead ordaining as priests the following:
Kate Bailey, Broadbridge Heath
Peter Deaves, Holy Trinity Rudgwick
Stephen Everard, North Mundham with Merston and Hunston
Brendan Martin, St Margaret’s Angmering
Mike Nelson, St Mark’s Holbrook
Richard will be at Holy Cross Uckfield ordaining as priests the following:
Herbert Bennett, St Mary Kemptown
Tim Gage, Bishop Hannington Hove
Karen Higgs, Hartfield and Coleman’s Hatch
Lucy Hollingsworth, St Mary’s Ringmer
Jules Middleton, Holy Trinity Lewes
Neil Shaw, St John the Evangelist Upper St Leonards
Steve Tennant, St Cuthman’s Whitehawk