Diocesan press releases

Nine new clergy ordained to work in communities across the Diocese of St Asaph

Five new deacons and four new priests have been ordained to work in churches and communities across North and Mid Wales at a special service in St Asaph Cathedral.

The Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Revd Gregory Cameron conducted the service and the preacher was Bishop Jack Nicholls, the former Bishop of Sheffield.

Ahead of the service, Bishop Gregory said: “Our nine ordination candidates this year come from a huge range of backgrounds.  From retired professionals to young immigrants, people have been called to serve God and proclaim the message of God’s love for us here in north Wales.  We are delighted to welcome them to new ministries in the family of St Asaph.”

deacons for webThe candidates being ordained Deacon, the first level of ministry in the Anglican Church, are:

  • Dorothi Evans, to serve in the Penllyn and Edeyrnion Deanery, rooted in Corwen
  • Juliet Fraser, to serve in the St Asaph Deanery, rooted in Rhyl
  • Ann Hooper, to serve in the emerging Estuary and Mountain Mission Area, rooted in Halkyn
  • Peter Nissen, to serve in the emerging Alyn Mission Area, rooted in Gresford
  • Yvonne Pryce, to serve in the emerging Alyn Mission Area, rooted in Gwersyllt

Bishop Gregory with new deacon Juliet Fraser webJuliet Fraser who will be Assistant Curate in Rhyl said: “I have worked for Conwy County Borough Council for 20 years and have been privileged to meet people from all walks of life and to help them in a practical way.  However, to live life to the full, it is not just the practical things we need to focus on, it is the spiritual.  This is what I now feel called to do, to engage with people and to lead them, to be with them on their spiritual journey.”

Dorothi Evans being ordained by Bishop Gregory at St Asaph Cathedral webDorothi Evans, a first language Welsh speaker from Bala will be Assistant Curate in the Corwen Group of churches.  She said: “My journey to ordination initially started when I was invited to attend a Church in Wales service by a school friend.  My faith journey since has been full of life enriching experiences. These include being a Sunday School teacher, and two years as a Sunday School Superintendent in a Presbyterian Chapel.

“The support I received during the discernment process was invaluable, and in preparation for ordination, I have been praying the words in Philippians 4v13 that ”I will have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.”

The four priest candidates and their sponsors and fellow clergy in St Asaph Cathedral webThe candidates for the Priesthood, the second level of ministry, who share with the bishop in the leadership of local churches, are:

  • Phil Carey, serving in the emerging Offa Mission Area
  • Ivor Hawkins, serving in the emerging Caereinion Mission Area
  • Peter Heaney, serving in the emerging Tanat Mission Area
  • Glyn Jones, serving in the emerging Caereinion Mission Area

Glyn Jones with Bishop Gregory webGlyn Jones who is serving in the emerging Caereinion Mission Area described his journey to ordination: “It started many years ago when, as a young boy, I moved to London with my father and started worshipping at Christ Church.  I joined the choir, and continued singing in various churches until I become a worship leader.

“After retiring as a Dental Officer, I felt a strong call for ordination and specifically to serve the communities in the upper Banw valley in Powys.”

Ivor Hawkins being ordained priest at St Asaph Cathedral webIvor Hawkins was born and bred in Llandaff, South Wales and spent his working life with HM Customs and Excise in Newtown, Powys.  Before being ordained to the Caereinion Mission Area he was a lay reader.

Peter Heaney is from the Midlands and until his retirement ran a painting and decorating firm. Originally a Roman Catholic he joined the Anglican Church many years ago and became a worship leader in the Tanat Valley area of Powys.

The Petertide Ordination service took place at St Asaph Cathedral on Saturday, June, 25 at 10am.

ENDS

Notes for Editors

Deacons are the first level of ministry in the Anglican Church, and are ordained by the Church to be bearers of the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world.

Priests are the second level of ministry, and share with the bishop in the leadership of local churches.  Clergy are always ordained first as deacons, and it is usual but not always the case that they will be ordained as priests after a year’s service.