The diocese is welcoming two new priests at this Saturday’s ordinations service, and they will be familiar to many.
Petrina Lodge and Sue Rumbelow were ordained as deacon at last year’s service and have been in training at St Padarn’s.
“The Theology for Life course has been very interesting and challenging,” Sue said. “Our group, which has been meeting now for four years, have become good friends and we are able to share in the debates with openness and show the vulnerability needed for our new roles.”
“Studying on the Theology for Life course has been really fascinating, giving a focus to studies and broadening understanding.,” Petrina said. “Making time for the assignments is challenging, particularly just before Christmas or Easter when we are already busy in the church, but it’s a wonderful feeling when assignments are completed and submitted. This term we are studying Christian Ethics – a very thought-provoking theme.”
Sue, from Llwchwr Ministry Area in Swansea, worked at the Kingsway Surgery in Swansea for 21 years and in the surgery in Gowerton for the past 17 years, the past three years of which have been part-time in order to help with her studies and new duties within the church.
“I was brought up in Brynhyfryd, going to the Congregational Church which became the United Reformed Church in Manselton (now Christwell).
“I first attended an Anglican church in Port Eynon while on holiday with friends as a teenager and was blown away by the liturgy there.”
After meeting husband David, who had attended St Nicholas-on-the-Hill in Townhill, Sue started to attend too and soon became rooted there, joining the choir and helping with the children’s work.
“We moved to Gowerton in May 1999 and joined the congregation at St John’s later on that year, again joining the choir and various other activities associated with the church,” Sue said.
“David is a retired secondary school teacher and we have two wonderful daughters who both live just a few minutes away. Siân is married to Chris and has a son, Ioan – the apple of my eye – and Carys, who is very happily settled with Tom.”
Petrina, who will serve in the Beacons and Llyn Safaddan Ministry Area, qualified as a musician and teacher, working as an instrumental peripatetic before returning to the classroom.
“I became particularly interested in special needs, using strategies learnt in my post-graduate study to be more inclusive as a class teacher. Almost by accident. But, because I wanted to develop a really inclusive school, I became headteacher of a Church of England primary school, where I was the special educational needs coordinator.
“After several years I felt called to work with severely disabled children and young people, for most of whom music was a means of communication, so music was the pivot in many respects. I really appreciated being able to make education truly child-centred and linked with therapies: for each child’s needs to be met as fully as possible. I headed two schools for the disability charity ‘Scope’ until just after my move to Wales.”
Both are already busy in their respective churches and ministry areas and are looking forward to embracing new challenges.
“My ministry is with people from all walks of life, especially the elderly and those in hospital,” Sue said. “I have enjoyed the role of honorary chaplain, first at Morriston hospital and now at Gorseinon hospital, over the past 18 months and hope to continue and expand on that to include some of the nursing and care homes in our parish and ministry area.
“I also enjoy working with children, and have helped with Messy Church, Open the Book, Godly Play and Sunday school occasionally. I hope to continue my ministry and improve and expand on all aspects of my new role at St John’s and within the Llwchwr Ministry Area.”
“I see my ministry as being very much supporting our local communities: providing church services that meet people’s needs; reaching out to those who are on the periphery of church; being inclusive of the elderly and young alike, and bringing the church into the community by being involved in non-church community activities,” Petrina said.
“Our ministry area is beautiful, around Llangors Lake and the Beacons, very rural and spread out. I really enjoy working with our congregations, to make our church services as accessible as possible and to be inclusive of all ages. I enjoy hospital chaplaincy work, too, in between times.
“I’m looking forward to some further study on ministry for the elderly and hope to bring this into my practice. I’m lucky to be part of a very supportive ministry area team which meets regularly and works well together – which is just as well with 11 churches and 12 congregations in our ministry area.
“I do feel very blessed by all the training and support that the Church in Wales has provided, the guidance and friendliness of all tutors, clergy and the administration side. Thank you, St Padarn’s!”
Also being ordained as deacons on Saturday are:
- Peter Letson
- Gill Todd,
- David Owen
- Sam Aldred
- Janet Day
- Meinir Ronicle
- Sister Marian
This year’s service, at Brecon Cathedral, will begin at 3pm.