Ordinations in Manchester, Bolton and Oldham will be livestreamed

First published on: 21st September 2020

Thirteen new curates will be ordained deacon by the Bishops of Manchester, Middleton and Bolton on Wednesday 23 September. Two services will take place at each of Manchester Cathedral, Oldham Parish Church and Bolton Parish Church to ensure that small groups of candidates can be ordained safely and in accord with the government’s current social distancing guidelines.

The ordinations, originally scheduled to take place last June, were postponed because of Coronavirus. The 13 candidates are now preparing for the special services and, as newly ordained clergy, will then go on to serve in parishes around Greater Manchester.

Each of the six ordination services will be livestreamed on Facebook to enable friends, family and supporters who would normally be present at the services to observe and join in from a distance. (Full details of how to watch the services is below.)

Clergy will also be sharing photographs after the services on social media using the hashtag #NewRevs 

The Bishop of Manchester, The Rt Revd Dr David Walker, said, “It is an enormous privilege for me to ordain our new deacons as they embark on this new stage of their ministry to our churches across Manchester and beyond. It has been a difficult time for the candidates as they faced uncertainty about when the services could safely go ahead, but we are delighted that they will now be ordained and licensed as deacons in the diocese.

“They have already been working in their training parishes since June and adapting their ministry to suit the unprecedented circumstances we are facing. It has been inspiring to be part of their journey towards this great day, and we look forward to celebrating with them as they prepare to serve in our diverse communities.”


Click here for details of all the candidates being ordained at each venue


Each ofthe ordination services from all three venues will be livestreamed so that guests who cannot attend in person can view the whole service live. The services can be accessed through the following links on the day via Facebook (you don’t need to have a Facebook account to view them; just click the link.

Manchester Cathedral (services at 11am and 5.30pm)

Bolton Parish Church (services at 10.30am and 3pm) on Facebook or YouTube

Oldham Parish Church (services at 11am and 3pm) 

All the streams will be available on the Diocese of Manchester Facebook page later.

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