Record numbers of clergy to be ordained in Manchester

First published on: 29th June 2021

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Manchester Cathedral is looking forward to huge celebrations in July when a total of 37 people will be ordained over two days. Twenty-five deacons, the largest number ever ordained in a single year in Manchester, are a diverse group including 13 women, six people of BAME background and 11 under the age of 40.

Twenty-five deacons will be ordained by the Bishop of Manchester on 4 July and 12 priests will be ordained on 3 July.

After Covid forced last year’s ordination services to be restricted to very small numbers of participants, this year’s celebrations will be open to 350 invited family and friends, with appropriate social distancing measures in force to ensure everyone’s safety.

Each of the 25 new deacons has been assigned to a parish, where they will begin their ordained ministry under the guidance of an experienced priest. The full list of candidates and details of where they will be serving is available here. 

The Bishop of Manchester, The Rt Revd Dr David Walker, will ordain the deacons on Sunday 4 July. He said, “Among the most moving ceremonies in the Church’s books are the ordinations of new deacons and priests. Women and men, who have heard and responded to God’s call, come before their bishop so that their lives can be set apart for God’s service.

“It has been a difficult time for the candidates as they faced uncertainty about whether the services could safely go ahead, but we are delighted that we can enjoy being together as a group for a very special weekend of ordination services.

“Individually, and as the largest cohort of deacons Manchester has had, these new ministers will both serve their particular communities, and help us reshape ministry across our diocese for the post-Covid era.”


The Cathedral ordination services will be livestreamed so that guests who cannot attend in person can view the whole service live. The services can be accessed through the Cathedral Facebook page (you don’t need to have a Facebook account; just click the link) 


Among the new clergy to be ordained this year are Duke O’Baka-Torto who will be based at St Ann, Belfield, Cath Eccles, who is heading for Astley, Tyldesley and Mosley Common, Andy Bird, who will be based at St Werburgh’s in Cholrton, Lee Higson, who will Oldhams Church in Bolton, and Hannah Lane who will join the Turton Moorland team near Bolton.

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