23 September 2013

Record number of ordinands to be welcomed - Media Release

Media release from the Anglican Archbishop of Adelaide Jeffrey Driver:

Anglican Archbishop Jeffrey Driver is delighted to announce eleven members of the Adelaide Anglican community will be ordained in November with more women and people from a variety of cultural and career backgrounds than ever before represented.

The candidates include four women, three people of Asian descent and individuals across a multitude of ages, life experiences and previous careers including former South Australian Premier Lynn Arnold.

Archbishop Driver says it is exciting to see such an enriching change in the Anglican Church.

“The high number and calibre of candidates being ordained this year highlights the meaningful commitment to the Anglican faith in our Diocese,” the Archbishop says.

“We have already ordained two other people this year so that will make it 13 for the year – that’s a bit of a record for a decade or two. I think you would have to go back to the 60s or 70s to get those numbers.

“There is a trend for increased vocation in the Adelaide Diocese that reflects two things. Firstly some renewed confidence in the Church and secondly a greater diversity of ministers emerging in chaplaincies and ministries."

Former SA Premier and CEO of Anglicare SA, Lynn Arnold, 64, will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate.

After four years at the helm of Anglicare, Dr Arnold began studying at St Barnabas' Theological College earlier this year in preparation for ordination.

"A number of the candidates have backgrounds in education including a former Head of Curriculum and Learning at St Columba College, Michael Lane; former Deputy Head of Tyndale Christian School, Grant Moore and Paula Thorpe who is a teacher at St Columba College," the Archbishop says.

“There is also a wonderful range of ages and Sam and Coria Chan from China, and Bernie Leo Wyuen Khui from Malaysia will bring further cultural diversity to the Anglican Church."

The Diocesan Ordination will be held on St Andrew's Day (November 30) in St Peter’s Cathedral at 10.00am.

Those to be ordained include:

To the Priesthood: Duncan Andrews, Michael Lane, Paula Thorpe, Luke Woodhouse, Bernie Leo Wyuen Khui.

To the Transitional Diaconate: Samuel Chan, Lynn Arnold, and Grant Moore.

To the Permanent Diaconate: Dianne Schaefer, Coria Chan and Linda Brooker

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