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Ordinations at Coventry Cathedral
28/06/17

Four new priests and nine new deacons are to be ordained this weekend. Both the priests and the deacons will be ordained by the Bishop of Coventry, the Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, at Coventry Cathedral on Sunday 2 July. The service for the priests will take place at 10.30am and the service for the deacons will take place at 4pm. All are welcome.

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.

Ordination services are open to the general public. Visitors are most welcome, and there is no admission charge for any Cathedral services.