The Diocese of Swansea & Brecon is delighted to have the opportunity to affirm and celebrate what God is graciously doing in the lives of thirteen people this Petertide. Those who will be ordained this Petertide are people who have been called to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God by serving their local communities.
As you see from the list of candidates below (6 priests and 7 deacons) they have come from a rich variety of occupational backgrounds. Some will continue to minister within their professional work setting as well as having responsibility in their local parishes (now part of wider ministry areas). Two will be full-time, one having followed a programme of training for ordained pioneer ministry. Others represent the exciting changes in patterns of ministry and will be serving as Non-Stipendiary (Local) priests and deacons. For some the call to ordination has been there for many years as they have faithfully served the church in different ways and become very much a part of church and community life. Others sense the need to look wider as they offer their service on both a self-supporting and stipendiary basis.
The Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, the Right Rev’d John Davies, welcomes such an encouraging number of ordinands.
“I am delighted that the ministry which the church offers to the world is being enriched by such a variety of bearers of the Good News. I am sure that what they offer will be a source of strength and support to others. I also hope that the variety of patterns of ministry which they represent will prompt others from among the whole People of God to explore their own calling and discipleship.” Bishop John
Our candidates for the Priesthood:
John Anthony – ex-teacher (RE, English & Music) to serve in the benefice of Central Swansea
Liz Bramley – ex-teacher of languages (UK & abroad) to serve in the Beacons and Llyn Safaddan benefices.
Judy Day – ex-deputy head primary school teacher & nurse to serve in the Brecon (St Mary & Cathedral) benefice.
Lloyd Evans – secondary school science teacher to serve in the benefices of Bronllys with Llanfilo and Talgarth.
Dorothy Lewis – Nursery nurse and learning support assistant of special needs children to serve in the benefices of Clydach and Pontardawe.
Linda Watson – ex-laboratory technician to serve in the benefices of East Radnor and New Radnor.
Our candidates for the Diaconate
Justin Davies – managing director of a nationwide bus company to serve in the benefice of Bishopston.
Ian Folks – MS Society service development officer/manager to serve in the benefice of Central Swansea.
Hywel Griffiths – graphic designer to serve in the benefices of Clydach and Pontardawe.
Nigel King – marketing, advertising, financial adviser (corporate management) to serve in the benefice of Three Cliffs.
David Martin – IT Teacher, ex-member of the armed forces to serve in the benefices of Clydach and Pontardawe.
Anthony Porter – Nurse/Senior health manager to serve in the benefice of Morriston.
Rachael Storer – Administrator / PA to Senior bank manager / Parish administrator to serve in the benefice of Gwastedyn.
All of the candidates are required to be licensed to existing benefices (parishes), but will also serve in the wider Ministry Areas of which those benefices form a part. Please pray for them and support them as they move forward in ministry that will have enormous implications both for them and their families.
The candidates will join with those from Llandaff Diocese for their ordination retreat led by Revd Dr Ainsley Griffiths from St David’s diocese. (Ainsley is Chaplain at the University of Trinity St David in Carmarthen).
Report by Rev Canon Dr Ian Davies