Services of joyful celebration have been held at Bradford Cathedral as we ordained this year’s class of new deacons.
Seventeen deacons were ordained across two services by the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, as they prepare to begin curacies in all five of our areas.
The Eucharistic services included sermons preached by the Rt Revd Tim Thornton, formerly the Bishop of Lambeth and now an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Salisbury.
Bishop Tim preached about the role of a deacon, and challenged them to be alert, ask questions and offer challenges as they share the gospel in the areas they are serving.
The new deacons then made declarations, before the congregation promised to support them in their ministry.
After prayers and the laying on of hands, the deacons were presented with a Bible, before being welcomed by the congregation.
Pictures from the services can be found below.
The new deacons have trained in Durham, Cambridge, London and Mirfield, and come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.
Full profiles of our new deacons can be found here.