Five new deacons were ordained in Christ Church Cathedral, Lisburn, on Sunday June 24 by the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Rev Alan Harper.
Barry Forde was ordained for the Curacy of Coleraine, Campbell Dixon in the Auxiliary Ministry for the Curacy of Jordanstown, John McClure in the Auxiliary Ministry for the Curacy of Skerry, Rathcavan and Newtowncrommelin (Broughshane), Kenneth Gamble in the Auxiliary Ministry for the Curacy of Ballymacash and Mark Reid in the Auxiliary Ministry for the Curacy of Glenavy.
The Ven Dr Stephen McBride, Archdeacon of Connor, the Ven Stephen Forde, Archdeacon of Dalriada and the Ven Canon Barry Dodds, Archdeacon of Belfast, presented the candidates.
The readings were by the Rev Canon George Irwin, Rev Nigel Baylor and Deacon Barry Forde; and the preacher was the Rev Canon Sam Wright, Rector of Lisburn Cathedral.
The Very Rev John Bond, Dean of Connor, conducted the service. Organise Andrew Skelly and the Cathedral choir led the worship. The hymns included ‘Bright the Vision’ and ‘To God be the Glory’ and the anthem was ‘The Servant King’.
Following the service, ladies of the Cathedral served supper in the Cathedral Hall.