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The ordination of deacons and priests - Coventry 2013

New Priests and Deacons have been ordained at Coventry Cathedral by the Bishop of Warwick. By ancient tradition the Church ordains deacons and priests on a date as close as possible to the feast day of St Peter (29th June). Peter was the most prominent of the Apostles of Jesus Christ, and Jesus described him as the 'rock' on which the Church would be built.

The new Deacons have undertaken a course of study and training, and following their ordination they will serve as Curates (assistant ministers) while their training continues.  As Deacons they will lead worship and carry out pastoral and teaching work, but will not yet be able to lead services of Holy Communion.

The new Priests have already served as Deacons for a year.  On their ordination as Priests they will remain in their present parishes while their on-going training continues.  Those ordained this year include women and men.  Some of them will continue in employment outside the church, supporting their ordained ministry from their own resources.  Others will work full-time within the church.

The Bishop of Warwick, the Right Reverend John Stroyan, said:

"We are delighted that God is still calling so many men and women to serve the Church as ordained ministers. Each of them brings their own gifts and experience that God will use in all sorts of ways in the parishes of Coventry and Warwickshire."


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