Four new clergy have joined churches in the Two Cities of London and Westminster after being ordained to the office of Deacon this month.
They were among 49 Deacons to be ordained from across the Diocese of London, coming from diverse backgrounds, including advertising, youth work, and even the Australian national rugby sevens team.
This year’s intake has increased by a third compared to 2018, highlighting the strength of the Church in the Capital.
The office of Deacon is often a step on the path towards priesthood and follows two to three years of training. The men and women will be working in churches across London, serving their local communities and undertaking public worship, teaching and pastoral work.
After a period of normally a year, a Deacon is often ordained to the priesthood. This year, 38 previous Deacons will be ordained as priest, having completed their year of service and training.
The Bishop of London, the Rt Rev and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, said: “I’m thrilled to welcome the newly-ordained Deacons to the Two Cities of London and Westminster.
“This is a unique and historic part of London in which the Church plays a significant and special role.
“It’s an exciting place to embark on the journey to priesthood, and home to a wide variety of church initiatives such as lunchtime services for City workers. Each one of these talented new Deacons will be a great asset to their parishes and the communities they serve.”
Among the new Deacons is Alex Norris, who will be based at St Giles Cripplegate.
He said: “It’s exciting to see so many people being ordained this Petertide in St Paul’s. I am really looking forward to serving my curacy in the City of London, where there is such a diverse community and so many opportunities for the Church to engage with the local community”.
Having worked in the advertising industry for well over a decade, Alex is currently working for a software provider for churches, supporting them in their mission through the use of technology. He is a keen runner, and is about to complete an MA in theology, ministry and mission.