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Five Episcopalians being Ordained as Deacons, Moving towards Priesthood

Concord, NH – The Right Reverend A. Robert Hirschfeld, Bishop of the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire, will ordain five to the Sacred Order of Deacons on Saturday, June 6, at 11am. Ordinands W. Timothy Brooks, William Clayton Cruse, Reed Julian Loy, Kelly Sundberg Seaman and Winifred June Skeates will be joined by family and friends as part of the ceremony, which is open to all and will be held at St. Paul's Church in Concord. 


Being ordained as a Deacon is a requirement before ordination as a priest in the Episcopal Church. Ordinands will serve as Deacons for at least six months before becoming Priests.


The service of Ordination is open to all. During this ceremony, each Ordinand will be presented by family and friends to Bishop Hirschfeld.


“All those who have been baptized are called to serve in Christ’s name.  We require those who are following a vocation to the priesthood to serve first as ‘deacons,’ from the Greek word meaning ‘servant.’ The intent is that this establishes in them the mind of Christ who laid aside privilege or honor in order to be in solidarity with those in spiritual, social, and material need,” explained Bishop Hirschfeld. “Being able to ordain these five so eager to build communities of prayer, love, and service to a world in need gives me such hope for the future of God’s mission in the Church,” he added.


The Ordinands are from the following parishes in the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire:


W. Timothy Brooks, St. Paul’s, Lancaster

William Clayton Cruse, Christ Church, North Conway

Reed Julian Loy, St. James, Keene

Kelly Sundberg Seaman, St. Thomas, Hanover

Winifred June Skeates, All Saints’, Peterborough


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