Twelve women and men who have prepared to be ordained Deacon in York Minster on Sunday 5th July, will be Licensed during approved online ceremonies that afternoon to begin their ministry in a lay capacity in their training or 'title' parish in the Diocese of York.
The law requires that an ordination service should include Holy Communion and be open to the public to attend; while public worship in the Church of England is subject to strict limitations due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this makes ordination temporarily impracticable.
It is hoped that the candidates will be ordained in York Minster in late September, subject to confirmation in the coming weeks.
All are welcome to watch the online licensing of the prospective Deacons as Lay Workers via the Diocese of York Facebook page www.facebook.com/DioceseOfYork (no Facebook login required) at the following times on Sunday 5th July:
- 2.00pm Archdeaconry of Cleveland, led by the Bishop of Whitby
- 3.00pm Archdeaconry of the East Riding, led by the Bishop of Hull
- 4.00pm Archdeaconry of York, led by the Bishop of Selby
The candidates are introduced below; please uphold them all in your prayers as they begin their ministry in these unexpected circumstances, but confident of God's grace.