Deacon Gill Newman (London): Today I had the privilege of deaconing at the priesting of my fellow ordinands. A year ago we were all ordained as deacons. Today I fulfilled my calling as a deacon for them as they fulfilled their calling as priests. It felt very moving. I had wondered if I might feel any pangs of regret seeing them all priested – but I didn’t at all. Rather I felt absolutely affirmed in this marvellous vocation of deacon to which we have been called.
Deacon Gill Kimber (Exeter): I’ve had exactly the same experience. How wonderful that you were able to deacon for them!
Deacon Chris Saccali (Athens, Diocese in Europe): I think it is marvellous to feel comfortable, affirmed and content in your calling. Coming up to 2 year anniversary of ordination.
Deacon Paul Hollingworth (Winchester): I also have had the same experience and I found it one of the most reaffirming ministries and I’m hoping to do the same again at the priesting at the end of June.
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Here are some responses:
Deacon Alison Handcock (Bath and Wells): Good to hear Gill. A lovely reminder of two years ago. At the priest’s pre-ordination retreat everyone was concerned that I would feel left out or change my mind but . . . What a privilege to call the church to confession and reconciliation as well as read the gospel . . . And send out the whole people of God including fellow ministers to be sacraments to the world! I also felt such joy. Glad to hear you were affirmed in your diaconal ministry.
Deacon Corinne Smith (Portsmouth): I attended the first mass of a friend I trained with and after it she said, “Did that make you think?” I replied, “Yes, it made me think how lovely it would be to Deacon a mass when you are presiding”! Seems we Deacons all feel the same about this!