Eight new members of the clergy ordained at Winchester Cathedral

    2 July 2018

    Eight men and women joined the Diocese of Winchester’s team of clergy on Sunday 1 July as they were ordained deacons at Winchester Cathedral by the Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Tim Dakin.

    Five women and three men, ranging in age from 37 to 55, bring a huge breadth of background and experience to the Diocese of Winchester. Between them, they have worked in a wide range of sectors, including teaching and the law, before responding to God’s call to serve their local communities as Christian leaders.

    The Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Tim Dakin, ordained the new deacons following two to three years of training. Deacons have a special role within the Church, often understood as the role of a servant as they take on a particular responsibility to serve the community and reach out to those in need. Deacons will normally go on to be ordained as priests a year later.

    The new deacons will be working in churches across Hampshire and Dorset, leading public worship and serving their local areas in schools, hospitals and prisons, and by working in partnership with community groups to bring about social renewal and transformation. Between them, they will take responsibility for contributing towards the work of the Church in the Diocese of Winchester.

    Following the ordinations, Bishop Tim said:

    “I am delighted to have ordained these eight new members of the clergy this weekend. Deacons lead by example, expressing Jesus’ love for the world through their prophetic service. We are very blessed in our Diocese that every year we welcome new members of the clergy from all walks of life, and the breadth of their previous experience enriches parishes across Hampshire and East Dorset. I look forward to working closely with all of our new deacons over the coming years.”

    Photographs from the ordination service are available to download here:

    The full list of deacons who have been ordained this year is below, together with the parishes they will now go on to serve.

  • Tasha Anderson, Arle Valley
  • Chris Dudgeon, North Hampshire Downs
  • Jonathan Evans, Christchurch
  • Ali Hill, Southampton St Mary
  • Helen O’Sullivan, North Hampshire Downs
  • Hayley Richens, Hedge End St Luke
  • Gill Sakakini, Tadley with Pamber Heath and Silchester
  • Mike Trotman, Fordingbridge and Hyde and Breamore and Hale with Woodgreen
  • Alongside these deacons, 12 priests were also ordained on Saturday 30 June in Winchester Cathedral. These priests were ordained as deacons in 2017. Photos from the ordinations service for priests, held on Saturday 30 June 2018, are available here: