A wonderful service was held at Newport Cathedral today (Saturday 26 June) to ordain our new deacons and priests.
Despite current restrictions, limited numbers of friends and family were able to attend the joyous occasion and to celebrate with those who have been called into ministry in the Diocese of Monmouth.
Congregations were also allowed to sing (wearing masks) for the first time in more than a year!
The Rt Revd Cherry Vann, Bishop of Monmouth, said: "The ordination of deacons and priests is one of the highlights of diocesan life as we share the joy of those called by God to serve his Church as servants and shepherds. Last year, because of the necessary restrictions, our ordinations were smaller and much more modest events – though no less joyful for that. But it will be a particular joy this year to have a Cathedral full of family, friends and supporters, the choir leading the musical parts of the service and the congregation singing (yes!) – albeit with masks on.
"Our ordinations are also a sign of hope; that God continues to call women and men into ordained ministry for the building up of his church in its witness and service to the world.
"Please pray for those ordained and the people of the Ministry Areas in which they will serve."
Ordained as Deacon:
Mandy East - Magor Ministry Area
Andrew Nelmes - Upper Islwyn Ministry Area
Karin Pardoe - Cwmbran Ministry Area
Ordained as Priest:
The Revd Kay Denly - Wentwood Ministry Area
The Revd Elizabeth Houghton - Newport North Ministry Area
The Revd Mary Moore - Abergavenny Ministry Area