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Readers licensed at cathedral
BISHOP Jonathan licensed three new Readers at our cathedral on Saturday 24th September, during a service attended by friends, family and other Readers from the diocese.
The service, filled with hymns and songs led by the cathedral choir and prayers led by Warden of Readers Rev Canon Anthony Rustell, was an opportunity to celebrate the culmination of three years of study for the new Readers, who were all a part of Portsmouth Pathway training. They each go on to ministry in their various parishes, with one also continuing to train for ordination.
The new Readers are:
As well as being supported by their friends and family, the new Readers were accompanied by their parish incumbents.
Many other Readers from around the diocese attended and were invited to reaffirm their vows to ministry as part of the service. Readers, sometimes called Licensed Lay Ministers, will often take on roles within the parish that are particularly public-facing: preaching, chaplaincy, funerals, pioneer mission, etc. You can read about Reader ministry here. If you feel called to this ministry, do consider Portsmouth Pathway for your training: click here for more information.