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18 Deacons ordained and welcomed at the cathedral

Date: 05 July 2019

New Deacons 2019Following the ordination of new priests the previous day, 18 new deacons were celebrated at the cathedral on Sunday 30th June as Bishop Andrew led the Petertide ordination ceremony in the presence of hundreds of friends and family of the new clergy members.

Following their ordination as deacons the clergy in training will enter their final year of ministry and study in parishes before many become parish priests.

The 18 taking the next step on their journey are:

Moni Babatunde, Cobham; Louise Bishop, Weybridge; Sandra Clarke, the Bourne and Tilford; Barry Hanson, Merrow; Tom Hill, Claygate; Caroline Lazenby, North Holmwood; Jens Mankel, Guildford St Saviour; Justin Manley-Cooper, Haslemere; Tom Pote, Guildford Holy Trinity and St Mary; Mark Potter, Wisley with Pyrford; Vlada Rakin, West Ewell; Sheila Samuels, Godalming; Jane Schofield, North Holmwood; Ghislaine Shortland, Frimley; Thea Smith, Woking Christ Church; Sarah Tapp, Woking St Mary of Bethany and Joanne Winn-Smith, Thorpe.

Thea Smith, celebrated her ordination in unconventional manner by travelling to take on the Vatican side St Peter’s cricket club on Thursday 4 July as one of the first female players to represent the Archbishop of Canterbury’s team.

Speaking about her vocations journey Thea said:

“God nudged me at my mum's ordination service whilst I was doing my undergraduate degree. Despite my wrestling and doubts about being a young vocation (whether ​I was ready, or good enough, or needing more experience of 'life'), God turned my heart into a month of prayer and I resolved to trust His timing and His leading. 

“​Aged 25, ordination is promising a whole life of service to God and building His Church, but it doesn't feel scary or daunting, it is a joy, an adventure and a kind of coming truly alive."

Find out more about vocations - and the many and varied ways that everyone is called to serve.​

View some more photos from the day on Flickr.

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