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New Evesham clergy ordained for Diocese of Worcester

Evesham Editorial 7th Jul, 2024   0

NEW clergy were ordained over the weekend to serve across Evesham, and the Worcester Diocese.

Sooz Magee, Gilly Maxim, and Tim O’Leary were among those who completed their first year and were ordained Priest in the Cathedral on Saturday – they are now able to preside at the Holy Communion.

A further nine candidates, including Mike Bunclark, Jen Jones, Jamie Klair, Sally Knowles and Richard Wood were ordained Deacon on Sunday and are entering their first year of training as a curate.

The ordination services were led by the bishops of Worcester and Dudley, with Bishop John ordaining the Priests and Bishop Martin ordaining the Deacons.

Helen Stanton, Warden of the diocesan retreat house, Holland House, preached at both services having led a pre-ordination retreat for all candidates.

Sooz Magee is serving St Wulstan, St Barnabas and St Nicholas in Worcester, she said her faith began while she was studying Nursery Nursing Diploma at Stourbridge College.




“My call then began to be strengthened by the people who have supported me, from my cohort to my tutors, my friends and family and members of the congregation in my link church.

“This time has been incredibly formational, and I have very much enjoyed journeying and learning with a group of diverse people who come from different traditions.”


Gilly Maxim, who is serving Worcester City West Team, said she was called by God to do more during lockdown.

“It was so intense that I slammed down the lid of laptop, looked up and shouted, ‘I am actually quite busy’.

“I thought I could hear God laughing, as if to say, ‘you’re busy!’

“I am greatly looking forward to moving to St John’s and getting to know and getting to serve the community.”

Tim O’Leary and Jamie Klair will be serving at All Saints with St Helen in Worcester.

Tim said: “The thought of serving All Saints Worcester, as I return to this familiar and cherished ground, fills me with an immense sense of privilege and a profound sense of responsibility.”

Mike Bunclark, and Richard Wood are serving the Worcester Southeast Team.

Mike said: “It seems only yesterday that we were ordained Deacon and now the day of Ordination to the Priesthood is almost upon us.

“I approach it with a sense of anticipation and some excitement, a sense that, I believe, is shared by my church community.”

Jen Jones said she looks forward to continuing to serve in the rural parishes of Teme Valley South.

“I truly feel that this is where God has called me to be.

“I enjoy serving as a deacon and being part of the ministry team. I have learned a lot from them and the people of these parishes, I look forward to continuing to do so – we never stop learning.”

Sally Knowles is serving the Worcestershire West Rural Team Ministry and has said she is looking forward to expanding her role in the community.

“But the best thing about it has been the knowledge that my ‘boss’ is our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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