A 14% increase nationally, in numbers training for the priesthood has been welcomed by the Church of England. An anticipated total of 543 men and women will begin studies this Autumn at colleges across England.
The figures show that 25% of the cohort beginning training this year are under 32. The increasing age profile of clergy has been a significant motivator for the Church in focussing on growing ordained vocations.
In the Diocese of Bath & Wells, 12 people will be ordained priest and 11 deacon on the 01 and 02 July respectively. They are:
|Priest – 01 July, Wells Cathedral||Deacon – 02 July, Wells Cathedral|
|Justine Billett||Jennifer Buckler|
|Adam Burnham||Nicola Butt|
|David Fox-Branch||Nicholas Clarke|
|Katherine Hawksley||Ann Gibbs|
|Alexandra Holmes||Julie Harris|
|Joel Mennie||Andrew Hiscox|
|Elizabeth Mitchell||Bryan Martin Little|
|Deborah Perreau||Adam Pitt|
|Clarissa Shaw-Notice||Janet Shellard-James|
|Joanna Slade||Craig Sinclair|
|Liza Wortelhock||James Taylor|
This increase in people coming forward for ministry training comes after the launch, in 2015, of Renewal and Reform, a body of work which aims to breathe new life into the Church through growing lay and ordained vocations, increasing flexibility in funding and reducing red tape to enable local churches to better serve their communities.