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New deacons ordained at Christ Church Cathedral

First published on: 3rd July 2024

Celebrations took place this weekend as 15 deacons were ordained at Christ Church Cathedral.

Revd receives honorary canon recognition for 35 years’ service

First published on: 3rd July 2024

A moving evensong service took place at Christ Church Cathedral on Tuesday when the Revd David Meakin was installed as an Honorary Canon. The honour is in recognition of 35 years’ humble service in the Diocese of Oxford and the wider Church of England.

Bishops unite to mark John Henry Newman bicentenary

First published on: 27th June 2024

The bicentenary of John Henry Newman’s first sermon was celebrated on 23 June in the tiny Oxfordshire village of Over Worton where he had preached exactly 200 years before, and in the very same church. 

Going green earns church bronze award

First published on: 27th June 2024

St Swithun’s, Kennington celebrated their Bronze Eco Church award with a bring and share lunch with a difference. 

Nineteen deacons ordained priest

First published on: 25th June 2024

Nineteen deacons were ordained priests at four services across the diocese this weekend. Services were held at Dorchester Abbey, St Mary’s Amersham, St Giles Church Oxford and Reading Minster.

50th Gold Eco Church awarded in Reading

First published on: 20th June 2024

St John and St Stephen's church has been named as the 50th Gold Eco Church by A Rocha.

Meet the ordinands

First published on: 18th June 2024

Meet the ordinands who will be ordained into the diaconate at two services at Christ Church Cathedral in June.

The delight in difference

First published on: 17th June 2024

LGBTQIA+ Chaplain the Revd Dr Chris Dingwall-Jones discusses his role, his call to ministry and what he is most looking forward to at Pride this year.

Falcons return to holy site to raise young

First published on: 13th June 2024

Four peregrine chicks have fledged from a nest perched atop a High Wycombe church tower. 

Celebrating creation care champions

First published on: 13th June 2024

Marlow Church of England Infant School, Jane Shepherd from St Andrew’s, Headington, and St Mary’s Witney are just a few of the schools, churches and people recognised for their creation care contributions. 

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