The Bishop of Lewes, Richard Jackson, will welcome thirteen new Readers to serve in parishes across Sussex in Chichester Cathedral on Saturday (23 September at 2 pm)
The readers, supported by colleagues, family, friends and parishioners will be formally admitted to the role of Reader in the Church of England by the Bishop.
Readers are licensed to ministry and assist priests in a range of tasks including leading worship, preaching and pastoral ministry.
The women and men have responded to a vocation in the Diocese of Chichester to serve in this particular kind of ministry. They have also undertaken a period of rigorous training in their own time.
Bishop Richard said: "We recognise that the years of initial training that the candidates have now completed have been a considerable sacrifice in terms of time and study.
"This is a sign of their dedication to their call to this ministry in the Church. We all join with them this afternoon with gratitude and thanksgiving to God for their commitment and we pray that he will continue to give them his grace for their future ministry."
Here is a list of the candidates and the parishes in which they will serve.
Caroline Armitage: Chanctonbury Churches: Ashington, Washington & Wiston-with-Buncton
Joslyn Arnold: St Stephen’s Café Church in the Parish of Broadwater
Jenny Brown: Holy Trinity, Hurstpierpoint
Gaynor Deal: St Augustine’s Scaynes Hill
Dominic Desouza-Campbell: St Nicholas of Myra, Brighton
Martin Draper: Benefice of Clymping, Yapton and Ford
Anna Glenton: St Mary’s Glynde
Mary Hagell: St George’s Donnington
Trevor Harrison: St Thomas Groombridge
Andrew Jackson: St Peter’s Firle
Patrick Pearson-Miles: Chanctonbury Churches: Ashington, Washington & Wiston-with-Buncton
Nick Pendry: St John, Meads, Eastbourne
Katrina Walker: North Mundham with Merston and Hunston