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Diocese of Carlisle Petertide Ordinations

Hundreds of people have attended two special services at Carlisle Cathedral at which eleven people were ordained as Deacons and Priests.

Six were ordained Deacon by the Bishop of Carlisle during a first service at 10.30am yesterday (Sunday 26 June, 2016). They are:

• The Rev’d Jonathan Gillespie to serve St Mary’s, Windermere, and Jesus Church, Troutbeck, with training incumbent David Wilmot

• The Rev’d Richard Goodfellow to serve the Benefice of Aspatria with Hayton and Gilcrux with training incumbent Tim Herbert

• The Rev’d Mandy Jones to serve Penrith Team Ministry with training incumbent Dave Sargent

• The Rev’d Sandy Pearl (Permanent Deacon) to serve the Leith-Lyvennet parishes with training incumbent Stewart Fyfe

• The Rev’d Gavin Rushton to serve St Thomas’, Kendal, with training incumbent George Briggs

• The Rev’d Andrew Simmons to serve St John’s Houghton and St Peter’s Kingmoor with training incumbent Andrew Towner

The Rev’d Anne Roberts, Palace Pastor for the Bishop of Bath and Wells, and a former hospital chaplain at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle gave the sermon. She had also led a pre-ordination retreat for the eleven people at the diocese’s Rydal Hall centre.

At the end of the service each newly-ordained Deacon was also presented with a Bible by the Bishop of Penrith, the Rt Rev’d Robert Freeman.

At an afternoon service, five people were ordained Priest by the Bishop of Carlisle. They are:

• The Rev’d Andrew Norman to serve Cartmel Peninsula Team Ministry with training incumbent Nicholas Ash

• The Rev’d Joanna Hurst to serve Holy Trinity, Kendal, with training incumbent Rob Saner Haigh

• The Rev’d Robin Ham to serve Barrow Deanery as a Pioneer Minister with training incumbent Gary Cregeen

• The Rev’d Carl Harding to serve St Michael’s Stanwix, Carlisle, with training incumbent Nigel Beer

• The Rev’d Katharine Butterfield to serve the Benefice of Morland, Thrimby etc, with training incumbent Stewart Fyfe

Supporters of those being ordained attended the Cathedral for both services, with friends, family and parishioners applauding each group to welcome the newly ordained.

The Rev’d Peter Clement, Vocations Development Officer and Diocesan Director of Ordinands, said: “It’s always a wonderful privilege to see God working His purpose out as people journey towards ordination and beyond.

“It’s a privilege to offer support to all those who have embarked on this vocational journey and our prayers must remain with them as they continue to step out in faith and commit to the God for All vision to give everyone in Cumbria the opportunity to explore more about the reality of God and God’s purpose in their lives.”


Pic Captions:
Deacon Ordinations (from left to right)
The Bishop of Penrith, the Rt Rev’d Robert Freeman, the Rev’d Sandy Pearl, the Rev’d Richard Goodfellow, the Rev’d Andrew Simmons, the Rev’d Gavin Rushton, the Rev’d Jonathan Gillespie, The Rev’d Mandy Jones and the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev’d James Newcome.

Priest Ordinations (from left to right)
The Rev’d Peter Clement, the Rev’d Robin Ham, the Rev’d Andrew Norman, the Rev’d Katharine Butterfield, the Rev’d Joanna Hurst, the Rev’d Carl Harding, and the Rev’d Anne Roberts.

Deacon is one of the orders of ministry, to which all clergy in the Church of England are admitted. Some remain deacons all their lives but most are ordained priest usually a year after being ordained a deacon. Deacons have a full ministry in the Church of England but unlike priests, cannot preside at the Eucharist, pronounce the absolution or pronounce the Trinitarian blessing.


For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01768 807764 or at

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