Four men and two women, including a former herdsman, a publican and a music engineer, became new Church of England curates at a special Ordination Service held at the Cathedral on Saturday 29 June. Eight others were ordained priest at a Cathedral service later the same day.
Archbishop Justin Welby presided at the Ordination Service, his first ordinations since he became Archbishop of Canterbury in March.
Within the Church of England there are three stages of ordained ministry: deacons, priests and bishops. Following training at theological college, newly ordained deacons are appointed to a three to four year post of curate, for training alongside an experienced vicar. After one year, deacons are ordained priest.