Ordination of Deacons
13th September 2014
The Bishop of Exeter will ordain 19 new deacons in a special service at Exeter Cathedral this weekend.
The new clergy – who are called deacons for the first year – include a fluent Chinese speaker, a writer and journalist and a psychologist.
They come from a variety of backgrounds and ages, and will be serving in churches right across Devon.
Among those being ordained is Lawrence Braschi, a fluent Chinese speaker. The son of missionaries, he lived in the Far East and worked on the Chinese desk for Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
Wendy Bray has written widely about her experience of cancer and works as a journalist. Both Wendy and Lawrence will be working in Plymouth.
Andrew Down worked at Channings Wood Prison as a psychologist before being called to ministry. He also worked for Addaction in Exeter, the counselling service for people with alcohol related problems. Andrew will be working in Exeter.
The Bishop of Exeter, Robert Atwell, said: “It will be a great privilege to ordain these people and send them out to serve in communities all over the county. It is inspiring to see how many people and from all walks of life are coming forward, wanting to serve God and to make a difference in their area.”