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Diocese of Carlisle - Petertide Ordinations

A weekend of celebration has seen two special services held in Cumbria for the ordination of six people as Deacons and Priests.

Priest Ordinations 2017 (from left to right) The Rt Rev’d Cyril Ashton, Honorary Assistant Bishop, the Rev’d Andrew Simmons, the Rev’d Richard Goodfellow, , the Rev’d Gavin Rushton, , the Rev’d Mandy Jones, the Rev’d Jonathan Gillespie, the Rt Rev’d James Newcome , the Bishop of Carlisle, and the Rev’d Canon Peter Clement, Vocations Development Officer and Diocesan Director of Ordinands.Five were ordained Priest by the Bishop of Carlisle during a service on Saturday afternoon. They were:

• 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 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

Derek Vaughan with his guide dog Bonnie, the Rt Rev’d James Newcome , the Bishop of Carlisle and the Rev’d Mandy Jones.In a first for the service, the Rev’d Mandy Jones was led in a procession through the Cathedral by her sponsor Derek Vaughan, who is registered blind, and his guide dog Bonnie.

The Rt Rev’d Cyril Ashton, Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Carlisle, gave the sermon had also led a pre-ordination retreat for all those being ordained this year at the diocese’s Rydal Hall centre. At the end of the service each newly-ordained Priest was also presented with a Bible.

And at a service on Sunday morning at St James Whitehaven the Bishop of Penrith, the Rt Rev’d Robert Freeman, led the ordination of the Rev’d Alison Riley as Deacon, with training incumbent Robert Jackson.

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.

Deacon Ordinations 2017 (from left to right) The Rev’d Alison Riley and the Rt Rev’d Robert Freeman, the Bishop of Penrith.The Rev’d Peter Clement, Vocations Development Officer and Diocesan Director of Ordinands, said: “It was wonderful to see so many people gathered together both in Carlisle and Whitehaven, demonstrating their support and love for all those being ordained.

“There was a lovely buzz of excitement at each service and all will continue to be prayed for as they live out their vocation in an ecumenical county which remains committed to the God for All vision that by 2020 everyone in Cumbria has had an opportunity to discover more of God and God’s purpose for their lives.”





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

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