Bishop’s joy as new priests ordained

PUBLISHED: 12:30 08 July 2016

The new priests parade outside Wells Cathedral.

The new priests parade outside Wells Cathedral.


Seven priests and 11 deacons were ordained at Wells Cathedral this week – including new recruits for parishes in Yatton and Wedmore.

The new priests have already been working as deacons in churches around the Bath and Wells diocese, while the new deacons were taking their first steps into ordained ministry.

Among them, Joy Hawes of the Isle of Wedmore benefice was named priest, and Joanna Slade will become a deacon with the Yatton Moor ministry team.

Ordination is the Church of England’s official recognition of a person’s sense of calling to ministry.

Bishop of Bath & Wells, the Rt Revd Peter Hancock, said: “The services mark a significant and special point on the faith journey of 18 women and men. Some will have been discerning and preparing for this day for a very long time.

“For me it is an opportunity to meet the ordinands and offer my congratulations. It’s a privilege to be part of such a special occasion.”

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