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Tuesday, 7 June 2011

New Zealand Ordination in Paris!

The Revd Paul McIntosh and Bishop Thomas Brown
On 27 May, the Rt Revd Dr Thomas Brown, Bishop of Wellington, New Zealand, ordained Paul McIntosh to the diaconate in St Michael's Church in Paris. Paul has been studying for Holy Orders at St Mellitus College in London and has been working as a lay ministry assistant in St Michael's during training. His wife, Catherine, is a New Zealand diplomat based in Paris. For the next seven months, Deacon Paul will be assisting in St Mark's Versailles, before he and Catherine return to New Zealand at the end of the year. Back in Wellington, Paul will be assigned to parish work by Bishop Tom, and God wiling, will be ordained to the priesthood at some point in the future.

The chaplain of St Michael's, the Revd Philip Mounstephen hosted the service. There were many clergy in attendance from France, the Netherlands and England. (I discovered that there is a small but very loyal NZ cadre of clergy in the diocese!) The Revd Dr Andrew Emerton of St Mellitus College was the preacher. Bishop Tom arrived just 1/2 hour before the service - having flown from Los Angeles via London! It was a joyous celebration and a sign of the unity we treasure in our world-wide Anglican Communion.

1 comment:

  1. Good to hear the NZPB being used for worship in Paris.