Bishops ordain new deacons and priests at Bristol Cathedral


First published 5th July 2021

The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, has ordained 22 candidates as priests and deacons during four services at Bristol Cathedral over the past weekend.

On Saturday 3 July, 11 candidates were ordained as priests. This is an important moment in their ordination journey and follows a year spent working alongside an experienced priest as an assistant curate.

On Sunday 4 July, 11 candidates were ordained as deacons. This starts their first year as assistant curates and each will begin working alongside an experienced priest in the diocese.

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, the services had limited capacity and were live-streamed on Bristol Cathedral’s YouTube channel and social media accounts for family and friends to watch from home.

The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, said:

“It was a joy and a delight to ordain our new deacons and priests on Saturday and Sunday. During the services we welcomed them as servants of the gospel and ambassadors of Christ. We now send them out to minister in communities stretching from Bristol to Swindon and including parts of South Gloucestershire and North Wiltshire. May they indeed be servants and ambassadors of the one who died so all may live.”

Details of services:

Saturday 3 July 2021, 10.30am (video) – the following candidates were ordained as priest:

The Revd Christopher (Chris) Stephen BROWN, to be assistant curate in the Benefice of The United Benefice of Christ Church with Emmanuel Clifton

The Revd James Edward CANNAN, to be assistant curate in the Benefice of Saint Matthew and Saint Nathanael, Bristol and the Benefice of Clifton All Saints with St John

The Revd Gabrielle (Gaby) Lucy DOHERTY, to be assistant curate in the Benefice of Saint Matthew and Saint Nathanael, Bristol

The Revd Kandis Fiona DOUGLAS, to be assistant curate in the Benefice of St Peter, Henleaze

The Revd Cheryl HAWKINS, to be assistant curate in the Benefice of Westbury-on-Trym

The Revd Joanna (Jo) Mary MORRIS, to be assistant curate in the Benefice of Stoke Bishop

Saturday 3 July 2021, 3.30pm (video) – the following candidates were ordained as priest:

The Revd Anjali Miriam KANAGARATNAM, to be assistant curate in the Benefice of By Brook

The Revd Thomas MORGAN, to be assistant curate  in the area comprising the Pattern Church Swindon (Bishop’s Mission Order) and the Benefice of St Augustine, Swindon

The Revd Mark Yan Ying Sum NAM, to be assistant curate in the benefice of Longwell Green and the benefice of Oldland

The Revd Robertson (Rob) John STEWART, to be assistant curate in the Benefice of Wick with Doynton and Dyrham

The Revd Victoria (Vicky) Louise WICKS, to be assistant curate in the Benefice of Stoke Gifford

Sunday 4 July 2021, 10.30am (video) – the following candidates were ordained as deacon:

Mrs Caroline Margaret BUCKLAND, to be assistant curate in the Benefice of Saint Luke with Christ Church, Barton Hill and St Matthew Moorfields and the Benefice of St Ambrose and St Leonard East Bristol [generally known as Barton Hill & Whitehall]

Mrs Melanie Jane GRIFFITHS, to be assistant curate in the Benefice of Lawrence Weston and Avonmouth

Mr Errol Cameron KING, to be assistant Curate in the Benefice of Lawrence Weston and Avonmouth 

Mrs Sarah Maria MATTHEWS, to be assistant curate at the Easton Christian Family Centre in the benefice of Holy Trinity with Saint Gabriel and Saint Lawrence and Saint Jude, Easton 

Mrs Diane Marcia SIMMS, to be assistant curate in the Benefice of All Saints and Saint Mary, Fishponds

Sunday 4 July 2021, 3.30pm (video) – the following candidates were ordained as deacon:

Mr Joshua (Josh) Luke BRADSHAW, to be assistant curate in the area comprising St Nicholas Resourcing Church (Bishop’s Mission Order) and the Benefice of Withywood and The Benefice of St Andrew Hartcliffe

Mr Anton Pierre CAMPBELL, to be assistant curate in the Benefice of Chippenham with Tytherton Lucas

Mr Simon Charles GOODMAN, to be assistant curate in the Benefice of St Mary Redcliffe with Temple Bristol and St John the Baptist Bedminster

Mrs Ruth Mary HARDING, to be assistant curate in the Benefice of Frenchay and Stapleton

Mr Christopher (Chris) Paul HUNTER, to be assistant curate in the Benefice of Wroughton and Wichelstowe

Mrs Wanda Kay MORRIS, to be assistant curate in the Benefice of Yate and Benefice of Fromeside (known as the Yate and Fromeside Mission Area)

Main image: Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield and Revd Canon Dr Martin Gainsborough ordaining James Cannan as priest, Saturday 3 July (credit Chris Dobson); second: Melanie Griffith (credit Sam Cavender); third: Simon Goodman and family (credit Sam Cavender)