On the feast day of St Andrew on 30 November, nine Trinity students were ordained Priest in Melbourne.
On 30 November 2013, a large congregation gathered at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne for the ordination of 18 men and women to the priesthood in an inspiring and uplifting service of hope for our church.
Nine students from Trinity College Theological School were among those ordained priest: Dr Nick White, Robert Mitchell, Elizabeth Breaky, Emily Fraser, Judith Lake, Alex and Kirsty Ross, Jennifer Sumpter and Danny McRoberts.
The Reverend Peter Martin, an Examining Chaplain, led the retreat for the candidates and preached on the occasion. He spoke of the challenges facing the church and the important role the newly ordained priests have in nurturing the people of God and leading a holy and faithful life.
The occasion saw a larger than normal number of clergy in attendance; and many participated with the Archbishop in the laying on of hands on the candidates.
The new priests have been appointed to a number of different ministries in the life of the Church. We wish them well and will continue to keep them all in our prayers.
On 7 December in the Diocese of Ballarat, Trinity students Geoffrey Humble and Mathew Crane were admitted to the Order of Deacons at the Cathedral. At the same time the Bishop of Ballarat also ordained two women to the priesthood. A further ordination is to be held in February in Ballarat Diocese when Adriaan Siersema, another Trinity student, will be admitted to the Order of Deacons.
The ordination of Deacons in the Diocese of Melbourne will be held on 1 February. We are anticipating ten Trinity students will be admitted to the Order of Deacons on this day.
Please join us in welcoming them all into their ministerial roles in the life of the Anglican Church.
Photo courtesy Anglican Media Melbourne/Janine Eastgate