Bishop James presides at his last ordinations

Bishop James Jones presided over his last ordinations in Liverpool Cathedral, ordaining 10 Deacons.

Bishop James Jones presided over his last ordinations in Liverpool Cathedral on June 29th as he ordained 10 candidates as Deacons in the Church of England. The service was one of his final acts before his leaving service on July 3rd.

During his time as Bishop of Liverpool, Bishop James has ordained more than 200 people who have gone on to serve the church in a variety of capacities both in this diocese and with the national Church of England.

Ordination in the Church of England is a two part process. The order of Deacon enables them to perform certain key duties within a parish, including the baptism of new Christians. Deacons will then normally spend a year working as an assistant to a vicar before the Bishop ordains them to the priesthood when they are also able to celebrate Holy Communion.

Ordination is an important and ancient part of the Church of England. The tradition stretches back to the early Christian church and it recognises the importance of having ministers who can, through the way they conduct their lives, point others to the love and fellowship of Jesus.

Those ordained have all felt a strong call to offer themselves to God’s service. This call has been examined and tested and the Ordinands have then undergone rigorous education in biblical and theological studies as well as the practicalities of being a minister in today’s Church of England.

The Bishop stated “During my fifteen years as Bishop of Liverpool it has been an immense privilege to ordain so many women and men who have heard and responded to the call of God on their lives. Hearing their sacrificial journey to priesthood and many stories told of challenges overcome is humbling and inspiring. So as I reflect on my last ordination service in our magnificent cathedral, I give thanks to God for those He has called, and those he will call, to ordained leadership in our church.

Ordinations are powerful expressions of God’s grace felt keenly by anyone who has been present in the congregation. Many have heard their own call from God whilst sitting in support of another. I pray that God continues to call his faithful people to serve in the Diocese of Liverpool and that we, his people, continue to have the courage to answer his call.”

Those ordained were:-

Mrs Pauline Rowe                  NSM              Wigan All Saints 
Mr Glyn Thomson                   NSM              West Derby St Luke
Mrs Chris Daniel-McKeigue     NSM             Carr Mill St David
Mr David Owens                    Stipendiary   Clubmoor St Andrew of Clubmoor
Mr Harry Wood                      Stipendiary   (St Helens Team)
Miss Sue Thomas                   Stipendiary   Formby Holy Trinity
Mr Matthew Roberts              Stipendiary   Haydock St Mark
Mr Neil Stothers                     Stipendiary   Southport Emmanuel
Mr Ian Jones                          Stipendiary   Burscough Bridge St John
Miss Laura Pasterfield            Stipendiary   Liverpool All Saints
Mrs Izzy Schafer was ordained in her own parish by Bishop Richard Blackburn, Bishop of Warrington, on the same day.