Diocese of Manchester

    More young people train as priests

    Growing numbers of young people are seeking ordination to the priesthood, as the Church of England makes progress towards achieving a key target of recruiting more candidates for ordained ministry.

    The number of people aged under 32 years old recommended for training for ordination this year rose by nearly a third to 169, compared to 128 in 2016, a report on vocations from the Church of England shows. This means nearly one in three of those entering training for the priesthood this year are expected to be under 32 years old.

    Manchester Diocese has an ambitious target of increasing the number of people who begin training for ordained ministry by 50%. It also wants to see more women training for ministry and more people coming from ethnic minority backgrounds. The group above above are some of the candidates who are about to begin their ordination training this September, having gone through a lengthy selection process.

    One of the group, Ben Brady, has spent the last year in Moss Side in Manchester, testing his calling to ordained ministry as part of the Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme. He talks to Sky News about making the change from banking to being in church ministry.

    Testing a vocation

    Three young people took part in the Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme to test their calling to ordained ministry.

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    Follow our ordinands

    Follow three people from Manchester as they start training for ordained ministry in the Church of England. Amy, Hazel and Matt are training to be vicars and share their experiences in a blog.

    If you are interested in exploring a vocation in the Church of England, have a word with our friendly Vocations Team by calling Nick or Neil on 0161 708 9366.

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