Diocese welcomes new 29 deacons for London’s churches
29 new clergy have joined the Diocese of London, having been ordained as deacon at St Paul’s Cathedral by the Acting Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Pete Broadbent.
The new deacons, who number twenty-one men and eight women, bring a huge breadth of age and experience to the family of clergy in the Diocese of London. They range in age from 27 to 67 and represent many different backgrounds including youth work, teaching, and politics.
The new deacons will be working in churches across London, serving their local communities and undertaking public worship, teaching and pastoral work.
This year almost half of the Diocese of London’s new clergy are under the age of 40. They trained at a number of different institutions including St Mellitus College, which recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of its founding by the then Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, and has grown over the last decade to become one the largest Anglican theological colleges in the world.
The Diocese has been actively encouraging vocations through our Capital Vision 2020 strategy, including through the launch of the London Callings website to support and encourage people who want to explore ordination. In London, ordinations have nearly doubled since 2011, with an increase each year over the last six years.
The Acting Bishop of London, Pete Broadbent, said:
“The ordination of our new deacons is always a high point in the calendar of the Diocese. Our new ordinands represent a vibrant range of backgrounds and experience, and they will draw upon this to serve their communities, and spread the Gospel of Love and share the Ministry of Christ across this great, and most cosmopolitan city.”
The office of deacon is appointed to those ordinands who have completed their initial training. Deacons usually serve in their parish for a year, undertaking further training, before being ordained as a priest.