Introducing our New Revs for 2020


The ordinations of priests and deacons for Canterbury Diocese began at Canterbury Cathedral last weekend as ten new Deacons were welcomed in a special service.

The service on Saturday was led by The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby.

Archbishop Justin said: ““To be ordained is not only to show and share your commitment to a life dedicated to love and service. It is also a new chapter in the life of each ordinand as they say, ‘Yes!’ to God’s calling on their lives, whatever that may bring.

“It is a strange time to begin such a new chapter, but no less a cause for rejoicing – the ordination of these wonderful people offers fresh hope to our Church and our communities. While it is a deeply personal occasion, it is also one in which our whole community celebrates.”

The ten new Deacons ordained on Saturday were:

  • Alice Bates (St Peter-in-Thanet)
  • Ylva Blid-Mackenzie (Benenden and Sandhurst
  • Charlotte Coles (The Len Valley Benefice)
  • Ben Forbes (Deal, St George)
  • Lucy Henderson (Canterbury, All Saints)
  • Paula Jardine-Rose (Tunstall with Bredgar)
  • Charmaine Muir (Canterbury, St Mary Bredin)
  • Cathrine Ngangira (Bearsted, Holy Cross, North Downs Benefice)
  • Angie Stupple (Dover Town)
  • Jennifer Walters (Broadstairs, Holy Trinity).

In addition, last year’s Deacons are being ordained as Priests by The Bishop of Dover, The Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, on several dates between now and 11 October.  They are:

  • Michael Darkins (The Wantsum Group)
  • Jacky Darling (The Romney Marsh Benefice)
  • Lesley Hardy (Barham Downs with Adisham)
  • John Huffman (Margate, Holy Trinity)
  • Simeon Nevell (The Six)
  • Stephen O’Connor (Walmer and Cornilo)
  • Bruce Watson (Ashford Town).

For more information about our new Deacons, please click here.