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Sunday, 1 May 2011

Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia ordination in Paris!

The Rt Revd Dr Thomas Brown, Bishop of Wellington
St Michael's Church in Paris will host a unique event on 27 May. On that day, the Rt Revd Dr Thomas Brown, Bishop of Wellington, New Zealand, will ordain Paul McIntosh to the diaconate at 18.30. Although happening in a Church in the Diocese in Europe, the ordination will actually be an event of the Diocese of Wellington and according to the rites of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

Mr McIntosh, a candidate for Holy Orders in New Zealand, has been studying in England while he and his wife have been living in France. (His wife is a NZ diplomat). He has been engaged in some pastoral work as a lay person in St Michael's Paris, with the permission of his bishop. Following his ordination I will give Paul  receive Permission to Officiate in this Diocese and he will be attached for a short while to St Mark’s, Versailles, before returning to the Diocese of Wellington where he will serve his formal title.

It is a joy to be able to offer the use of one of our Paris Churches for a New Zealand ordination. At Bishop Brown's invitation I will be present and assist him in the service. It is a warm sign of our bonds of communion in the Anglican family around the world. The official name of the Province reflects the partnership of three cultural strands which make up the Church: Maori, Polynesian and European.

All are invited to attend the ordination in St Michael's. The street address for the church is:
5, rue d’Aguesseau 75008 Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 47 42 70 88  
Clergy are invited to vest (liturgical colour will be red) and join in the procession. If you are attending, please plan to arrive by 18.00.

Please uphold Paul in your prayers as he prepares to be ordained deacon, and for his future ministry in Wellington.  

Very soon there will be a formal announcement about the ordinations of our own Diocesan candidates who, God willing, will be ordained to the diaconate or priesthood this coming Petertide. 

New Zealand Ordinand Paul McIntosh

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