It may not be realised, given the amount of work that he accomplishes, that the Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO), the Revd William Gulliford, works for the diocese on a half-time basis. The other half of Fr William's time is spent as a parish priest in the diocese of London. In June, Fr William moved to be the vicar of St Mark's Regent's Park, from his previous position as Guild Vicar of St Dunstan's in the West.
While he was at St Dunstan's I always enjoyed the fact that his street address was "Hen and Chicken Court". Now at St Mark's, situated on the north border of Regent's Park, the famous London Zoo is part of his parish. This could be helpful for Fr William's ongoing work in this Diocese in Europe!
We wish Fr William and his wife Beatrice, and daughters Valentine, Marie-Pia and Philomene, every blessing as they settle into their new home.
The DDO is responsible for the assessment of postulants for Holy Orders and providing oversight of the candidates during their training. At any given time, there are about 20 - 25 people in the diocese at various stages of discernment and training for the ordained ministry.
Fr William's contact details for his work as DDO in Europe remain as before: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Fr Gulliford (rt) with two ordinands of the diocese|