Vocation: God Calls Everyone

Welcome to the Diocese of Leeds Vocations web pages! Please use the menu to navigate around the Vocations pages - you'll find this on the left on a PC/tablet or above on a mobile.

COVID-19 and VOCATIONS: During the current pandemic, most of the work of the Vocations Team is being managed from home, but the process continues as normally as possible. Gatherings and interviews will normally be conducted by Zoom meetings. For more information about covid-19 and the situation in the Diocese of Leeds, please click this link.

The Vocations Team: What we do

In every Church of England diocese there is a Director of Ordinands (DDO). The Diocesan Director of Ordinands is appointed by the bishop to oversee (on his behalf) the process of selecting, training, choosing an appropriate curacy, and ordination of new clergy. In the Diocese of Leeds, we have a DDOV - the V is for Vocations, and the role includes the encouraging of all vocations, lay or ordained. So most of the Vocations Team's time involves working with those exploring a call to ordained ministry, but we are here to support and encourage everyone to discover God's purpose for our lives, especially in formal roles within their local church. You will find more about lay vocations on the Lay Training pages.

The Vocations Team supports ordination candidates through the whole discernment process, including their formal training, right up to the day of their ordination as deacon. After that, responsibility passes to the Clergy Development Team.

The Church of England's national web page about vocation is run by Ministry Team (formerly known as Ministry Division). Click on the logo above to go to their page. They also have a page specifically about Calling.

We're also on social media:

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Meet the team

Revd Canon Derek Walmsley

Revd Canon Derek Walmsley 
Diocesan Director of Ordinands & Vocations (DDOV)

Derek is available to preach/speak at services and meetings across the Diocese.

During the pandemic he can provide short video talks on vocation for inclusion in services.

Revd Steve Proudlove

Revd Steve Proudlove
Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands & Vocations.

Steve's role is half time, combined with his parish priest role in Menston.

Jjenice.guild [at] leeds.anglican.org (enice Guild)
Administrator to Diocesan Director of Ordinands & Vocations
0113 353 0260

 

A small network of Assistant DDOs help with the ordained vocations discernment process.

They are all experienced parish priests from across the Diocese, appointed by the Bishop.

(Not all of them are pictured here)

 

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