In a special service on Saturday 29 June at at 11am in Bangor Cathedral (which all are welcome to attend), the Bishop of Bangor – the Right Reverend Andy John – will ordain and license eight people, who will be beginning a new stage of their Christian journey.
The 29th June is the day on which the Christian Church’s annual celebration of the life and ministry of St Peter, one of the principal people to whom Jesus entrusted the development and growth of the Church after his resurrection and ascension.
The preacher at this service will be the Rev Canon Dr. Mandy Ford, who is the Director of Ministry for the Church of England.
The Rev’d Susan Blagden, the St Padarn’s Tutor in Bangor Diocese has been supporting them through their individual training.
She said, “The process of training for licensed ministry is, of necessity, a rigorous one. It has been a privilege to be alongside these candidates as they have each continued to explore their own particular sense of God’s call to public ministry. Their vision and energy has been a joy to witness.
I am delighted that we continue to add to the numbers of those who exercise ministry as distinctive deacons as well as those on their journey to pioneer ministry as a priest.
Thanks are also due to those who have been part of the learning process – placement supervisors, Theology for Life Facilitators, and Formational Cell Guides. St Padarn’s rejoices with the candidates and assures them of our prayers.”
The ordination service will be led by the Bishop of Bangor – the Right Reverend Andy John – who said, “It is a sign of God’s faithfulness that he continues to call people to be ordained ministers and leaders in the Church.
“Responding to God’s call, followed by the training and preparation for ordained ministry is a privilege as well as an act of sacrifice. It will be a special day for Siôn, Andrew, Hugh, Eryl, Stephen and Nick as they are ordained Deacon, as well as for Simon and Vince as they are ordained Priest. We hold them in our love and prayers.
“St. Peter was a fearless leader in his ministry. I am praying that God will give that same courage to the eight special people as they begin to proclaim the Gospel as ordained ministers and leaders. It is a privilege to know them as my fellow servants in Christ.”
The eight people who are being licensed or ordained are as follows:
- Andrew Hughes (transitional*, non-stipendiary) who will serve a curacy in the Bro Cadwaladr (Gaerwen/Aberffraw) Ministry Area
- Hugh Jones (distinctive*, non-stipendiary) who will serve a curacy in the Bro Tysilio (Menai Bridge/Benllech) Ministry Area
- Eryl Parry (transitional, pioneer* stipendiary) who will serve a curacy in the Bro Celynnin (Conwy) Ministry Area and Aberconwy Mission Area (St. Asaph Diocese)
- Siôn Rhys Evans (transitional*, non-stipendiary) who will serve a curacy in the Llandudno Ministry Area
- Stephen James Rollins (transitional*, non-stipendiary) who will serve a curacy in the Bro Ystumanner Ministry Area (Tywyn, Meirionnydd)
- Nick Webb (distinctive*, non-stipendiary) who will serve a curacy in the Bro Cadwaladr (Gaerwen/Aberffraw) Ministry Area
(* A distinctive deacon is someone whose calling is to the diaconate alone. A transitional deacon is someone whose calling is to the priesthood, and ordination as a deacon is part of their journey. A pioneer is called by God to respond creatively to the Holy Spirit’s initiatives with people outside the church, gathering people around them as they seek to establish new contextual Christian community)
- Simon Freeman (stipendiary) who will continue to serve his curacy in the Bro Gwydyr Ministry Area (Betws y Coed)
- Vince Morris (stipendiary) who will continue to serve his curacy in the Bro Tysilio Ministry Area (Menai Bridge/Benllech)