Chrism Mass

We gathered on Thursday to renew our Ordination Vows and be anointed for ministry. Always a moving moment – particularly so this year when we have quite a number of clergy who have joined us since last year.

This is what I said

I believe ever more strongly that the sustaining of vocation is at the heart of clergy life – sustaining with resilience through the up’s and down’s of ministry; living out of it so that we are defended against anger and bitterness; standing back from it and wondering so that we can walk the way of love That’s why the ministry which our Diocesan Director of Ordinands exercises on behalf of all of us is so important. That’s why the establishment of the post of Provincial Director of Ordinands as a 2/3 post is equally important.