Diocese of Portsmouth

Ordination of Priests


Start date
2 Oct 2020, 6:30 p.m.
End date
4 Oct 2020, 5 p.m.
Location
Various Locations
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Bishop Christopher will ordain five new priests at special services across our diocese.

The five candidates have all previously been ordained as a deacon and spent at least one year serving a parish in that capacity. They are now ready to be ordained as priests, which means - among other things - they'll be able to celebrate Communion. They will continue to serve as curates in parishes throughout our diocese.

The five candidates and details of how to watch their ordination services are:

  • Friday 2 October (6.30pm): the Rev Ruth Howlett-Shipley (St John the Baptist, Shedfield, and St Nicholas, Wickham): this service will be live-streamed on the diocesan Facebook page.
  • Saturday 3 October (11am): the Rev Bryan Stephenson (St Luke and St Peter, Southsea): this service will be live-streamed on the St Luke's Youtube channel and Facebook page
  • Saturday 3 October (4pm): the Rev Hugo Deadman (St James, Milton): this service will be live-streamed on the St James Facebook page
  • Sunday 4 October (12.30pm): the Rev Mike Moritz (St John the Baptist, Locks Heath): this service will be live-streamed on the St John's, Locks Heath Youtube channel
  • Sunday 4 October (3.15pm): the Rev Dion Mabey (St John the Baptist, Oakfield, and Holy Trinity, Ryde, Isle of Wight): this service will be recorded and uploaded later to the diocesan Facebook page and Youtube channel.

Our video below highlights how the bishop ordains priests – with many other clergy from across the diocese also laying hands on the candidate.

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