Diocese of Portsmouth

Bishop Christopher ordains the Rev Bryan Stephenson as a priest in St Luke's Church, Southsea

Ordinations 2020

Four new deacons and five new priests were ordained by Bishop Christopher at separate services across our diocese during October. 

Each candidate was ordained at the church in which they are serving, in services with a maximum of 30 people attending. That's so that as many family and friends of the candidates and members of the local congregations could attend. However, all the services were live-streamed by the diocese or parish.

The full list of those ordained is:

Priests:

  • Friday 2 October (6.30pm): the Rev Ruth Howlett-Shipley (St John the Baptist, Shedfield, and St Nicholas, Wickham): this service is available to view below. You can download an order of service from here.
  • Saturday 3 October (11am): the Rev Bryan Stephenson (St Luke and St Peter, Southsea): this service is available to view below. You can download an order of service from here.
  • Saturday 3 October (4pm): the Rev Hugo Deadman (St James, Milton): this service was live-streamed on the St James Facebook page and can be seen there. You can download an order of service from here.
  • Sunday 4 October (12.30pm): the Rev Mike Moritz (St John the Baptist, Locks Heath): this service is available to view below. You can download an order of service from here.
  • Sunday 4 October (4pm): the Rev Dion Mabey (St John the Baptist, Oakfield, and Holy Trinity, Ryde, Isle of Wight): this service is available to view below. You can download an order of service from here.

Deacons:

  • Friday 9 October (6.30pm): Jack Williams (All Saints’, Denmead): this service was live-streamed on the All Saints Denmead Facebook page and can be seen there. You can download an order of service from hereRead more about Jack's journey to ordination here.
  • Saturday 10 October (11.30am): Matthew Grove (Christ Church, Portsdown, and St John the Baptist, Purbrook): this service is available to view below. You can download an order of service from here.
  • Saturday 10 October (3pm): Catherine Edenborough (Portsmouth Cathedral): this service is available to view below. You can download an order of service from here.
  • Sunday 11 October (4.30pm): Hannah Barraclough (Newport Minster, Isle of Wight): this service is available to view below. You can download an order of service from here.

You can download the Ember List 2020, which enables you to pray for those being ordained and those currently in training, from here.

Ordination of the Rev Ruth Shipley as a priest:
October 2, St John’s, Shedfield

Ordination of the Rev Bryan Stephenson as a priest:
October 3, St Luke’s, Southsea

Ordination of the Rev Mike Moritz as a priest:
October 4, St John’s, Locks Heath

Ordination of the Rev Dion Mabey as a priest:
October 4, St John’s, Ryde

Ordination of Matt Grove as a deacon:
October 10, Christ Church, Portsdown

Ordination of Catherine Edenborough as a deacon:
October 10, Portsmouth Cathedral

Ordination of Hannah Barraclough as a deacon:
October 11, Newport Minster