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Petertide Ordinations

Bishop Olivia and new Reading are Priests stand smiling outside Reading Minster.32 ordinands were ordained priest in five services across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June.

The new priests of all different ages, come from all walks of life and parts of the world. Among the men and women, they include those who have been involved in the Church for many years and those who came to faith later in life, as well as a former police officer, foreign office diplomat, radiographer, and scuba diver. Read their biographies in the story we published last year for the Deacons' ordinations.

Following the restrictions of the pandemic in the past two years, the services were a special and joyous occasion, for family and friends of the ordinands to gather and celebrate together. The services were filled in Reading, Dorchester, Aylesbury, and Oxford.

In Aylesbury, friends of the Revd Rainah Madzorera led a joyful moment of spontaneous song and dance with Bishop Alan after the service.

Bishop Alan and the Revd Rainah Madzorera with friends standing dancing and singing

The services were live streamed and are available to watch via the Diocese of Oxford YouTube. A photo library of each service is available on the Diocese of Oxford Facebook.

The Bishop of Reading ordained the following candidates at Reading Minster:

David Chislett

Ann Cogle

Richard Eves

Aidan Jones

Rebecca Medlicott

David Saunders

Tracy Watkins

Sam Mortimer - Sunday 24 July at All Saints, Binfield


The Bishop of Buckingham ordained the following candidates at St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury:

Ayo Audu

Rachel Ciampoli

Carole Gooding

Mark Gould

Ruth Harley

Rainah Madzorera

Jeremy Moodey

Cathy Pearce

Simon Russell

Sarah Smith


The Bishop of Dorchester ordained the following candidates at Dorchester Abbey:

Lex Bradley-Stow

Michael Dormandy

Nick Fielden

Chris Hunt

Romey Poston

Sasha Reeves

Sorrel Shamel-Wood

Miles Welborn


The Bishop of Oxford ordained the following candidates at St Mary Magdalen, Oxford:

Esther Brazil

Luke Norman

Matthew Salisbury

Joanna Tarassenko


Bishop Tim Wambunya, Honorary Bishop in the Diocese of Oxford, ordained the following candidates at St Ebbes Church, Oxford:

Al Horn

Glenn Nesbit


Sadly, due to Covid, Sam Mortimer's ordination is being rearranged - dates to follow shortly.

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