Deacons and priests ordained during ceremony

The Bishop of Doncaster Peter Burrows at the Yorkshire Area NUM Miners Service, at Doncaster Minster. Picture: Andrew Roe

The Bishop of Doncaster Peter Burrows at the Yorkshire Area NUM Miners Service, at Doncaster Minster. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Ordination services took centre stage with seven candidates being ordained deacon and a further six as priest across the Diocese recently.

Church of England candidates who are called to ordained ministry are presented to their bishop at this time of the year at special services.

Deacons usually serve for one year before being presented again for ordination to the priesthood.

The Bishop of Doncaster, Peter Burrows, ordained five priests in Sheffield Cathedral on July 4.

The Bishop of Sheffield, Dr Steven Croft, ordained the deacons at the same venue the next day.

A further service took place in Swinton where a further priest was ordained by the Bishop of Beverley.

Among the new priests is Adam Priestley of St Francis of Assissi in West Bessacarr, and Christopher Brading of St Margaret’s in Swinton

The candidates come from all different walks of life.

One of the candidates to be ordained a deacon, Neil Marchant used to work both as a teacher and a nurse.

He said: “It is a real privilege to be ordained a deacon, I am looking forward to the road ahead with all its excitement, potentials and possibilities.”

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