Ordinations 2018 – Ordinands and Pictures

Twenty people from diverse walks of life and all ages from twenty-eight to seventy-two will be ordained as Priests and Deacons in the Diocese of Durham at ceremonies to be staged at Durham Cathedral on June 30, 1st July and Seaham Harbour on the 2nd July 2018. Each one has...

Diocese to Welcome New Archdeacon of Sunderland

The next Archdeacon of Sunderland will be formally welcomed and installed as Archdeacon in the Diocese on the 3rd July at the 5.15pm Evensong in Durham Cathedral. The Revd Canon Bob Cooper, 50 who has been Vicar and Area Dean of Pontefract in the Diocese of Leeds for the last...

Ex Mining Engineer Called To Priestly Ministry

An ex-mining engineer will be ordained as a Priest in the Church of England Diocese of Durham in Durham Cathedral on the 1st July 2018. Seventy-two-year-old David Bond, who becomes a Priest at South Hetton, follows his calling to priestly ministry after a lifetime working as a mining engineer. David was...

Iranian Footballer Settles in the Church of England

A former Iranian footballer will be ordained as a Deacon in the Church of England Diocese of Durham in Durham Cathedral on the 30th June 2018. For Pouya Heidari, 33, who will serve his curacy at Bishopwearmouth St Gabriel in Sunderland, this something that is a far cry from what...

Inspiring Stories Of Ministry Lie Behind Ordination Ceremonies in 2018

Nineteen people from diverse walks of life and all ages from twenty-eight to seventy-two will be ordained as Priests and Deacons in the Diocese of Durham at ceremonies to be staged at Durham Cathedral on June 30, 1st July and Seaham Harbour on the 2nd July 2018. Each one has...

Leavers celebrate in Prayer and Song

More than 2600 year six children from 76 schools have been celebrating the end of their primary school days and the start of the journey to secondary school. The children celebrated at 6 services at Durham Cathedral lead by Pupils from Ian Ramsey Church of England Secondary School in Stockton. As well as a...

James Joins To Help Focus On Partner Learning

A new member of staff has joined the Diocese to help shape and deliver the Diocesan Conference in October 2019. James McArdle takes on the part-time role of Mission Partner Learning Coordinator, a position that will see him working to deliver the Diocesan Conference in 2019. James (44) who was...

Couple With Over 100 yrs Service Step Down

A Witton Gilbert Couple who have amassed more than 100 yrs service to the St Michael’s and All Angels Church have stepped down. John and Eileen Perkins from Witton Gilbert have been long-standing stalwarts in their worship and various roles at the church. Eileen (84) has served for 61 yrs...

Director of Initial Ministerial Education (IME) Phase 2

The Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle are looking to appoint a full-time Director of IME2 who is: Passionate about unlocking the potential of clergy Able to lead an imaginative programme of training and development Eager to contribute to the strategic development of vocational theological education Responsive to changing missional contexts and a planned...

A Messy Celebration for Volunteers

More than 150 messy church volunteers attended a service of thanksgiving at Durham Cathedral in celebration of the Messy Church and what it brings for families in being church and having fun.    The service which was led by the Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, was an opportunity to thank all...