Saturday saw the ordination of ten Priests at Leicester Cathedral, while on Sunday it was the turn of eight new Deacons. Both sets of ordinations were conducted by the Bishop of Leicester, Rt Revd Martyn Snow, with the Bishop of Loughborough, Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Deqhani, the preacher on both occasions.
The video above, created by the Diocese, celebrates the new Priests and some of the new Deacons have been featured in videos on the Diocesan Facebook pages in the weeks leading to this year’s ordination weekend.
After the ordinations Bishop Martyn said: “I am so encouraged by those who offer themselves for ordination in God’s church. For all of them, it has been a long journey, often with many setbacks and challenges, but at the moment of ordination there is such a sense of affirmation and joy. I hope that joy will be infectious across the diocese.”
Families, friends and representatives of their church fellowships supported each newly ordained person and all enjoyed celebrations in the sunshine after each service in Cathedral Gardens.
You can see photos and read about each of our newly ordained men and women and where in the Diocese they will be serving on the Orders of Service on the Diocesan page here.
The Diocese of Leicester’s new Priests are pictured underneath artist Arabella Dorman’s striking “Suspended” installation. Made from discarded clothing left by refuges who have arrived by sea on the Greek Island of Lesbos, it will be in the Cathedral until 28 August with a variety of activities and workshops which all hope to prompt visitors to consider the experience of refugees as individuals, each precious to God.
You can find out more about the public events, which include a talk by the artist on 4 July, by clicking here.