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Record numbers are ordained as Church of England clergy




Priest and Deacon ordinations at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Picture: Keith Mindham Photography. (2836693)
Priest and Deacon ordinations at St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Picture: Keith Mindham Photography. (2836693)

A record number of men and women spanning the ages of 28 to 67 have been ordained as Church of England clergy in Suffolk.

The Rt Rev Martin Seeley, Bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, ordained 34 deacons and priests during two services at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Saturday.

Spanning the generations, the youngest was Catherine Connolly, 28, Ipswich St Thomas, and the oldest was Janine Price, 67, Pakenham, Norton, Tostock, with Great Ashfield, Hunston, Stowlangtoft.

They represent a variety of backgrounds from business to teaching as well as farming, nursing, finance and media and for some it is their first career.

Bishop Martin said: "I believe this could be the highest number of people being ordained in Suffolk for many years and reflects a growing interest in people across the county seeking to serve in this demanding and rewarding ministry, making a difference to others' lives."

Among those ordained as deacons were Adam Barclay, Stanton, Hopton, Market Weston, Barningham and Coney Weston; David Butcher, Mildenhall team; Janine Price and Dennis Coburn, the Benefice of Brandon.

Those ordained as priests included Herbert Birt, Woolpit with Drinkstone; Elke Cattermole, Lavenham with Preston; Matthew Selman, Lark Valley/North Bury Team Ministry; Christopher Tyler, Lavenham with Preston and Ifeanyichukwu Okeke, Elmswell.



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