Six men and four women, including a former scientist, an inspector of taxes, a physiotherapist and a window cleaner, became new Church of England curates at a special Ordination Service in Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday 28 June. That same afternoon, the Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, ordained as priests, eight deacons who have served one year of their curacy.
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.
Further information about this year’s Service can be found on the Canterbury Diocese website