Clergy ordained at Minster celebration

PARISHES across this locality have welcomed their newly-ordained clergy after a weekend of celebration and ordination at Southwell Minster conducted by the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, the Rt Rev George Cassidy.

The candidates have a wide range of work experiences, from teaching, working for the local authority, to working in industry and in engineering.

The Rev Angela Fletcher who was ordained as priest, is married to Anthony and they have two sons, Adam (23), and Andrew (21). She has been a senior family worker for the local authority working with families in the community.

Having trained on the East Midlands' Ministry Training Course she is serving her title with the Rev Alistair Littlewood in the parishes of St Mary's, Edwinstowe, and St John the Evangelist's, Perlethorpe.

The Rev Kate Bottley, the Rev Adrian Dempster and the Rev Paul Lawlor were ordained as Deacon.

The Rev Kate Bottley, originally from south Yorkshire, is married to Graham and they have two children, Ruby (six), and Arthur (four). She is a former Secondary Head of Religious Studies and prior to training worked as a vicar's personal assistant.

Having trained at St John's College, Nottingham, she is to serve her title in a pioneer curacy with the Rev Dr Richard Kellett at Skegby, Stanton Hill and Teversal.

The Rev Adrian Dempster, married to Maureen, lives in Selston and they have three children, Morag (27), Sally (23), and Nathan (20).

He is a structural engineering consultant in Nottingham and a member of the Diocesan Advisory Committee. Having trained on the East Midlands' Ministry Training Course, he will be serving his title with the Rev Wendy Patchell, in the parish of St Wilfrid's, Kirkby.

The Rev Paul Lawlor is married to Judith and they have two daughters, Alison (17), and Zoe (19).

He worked as Technical Director of a small industrial software company prior to training at St John's College, Nottingham. He will be serving his title with the Rev Kathryn Herrod at Warsop Parish Church and Sookholme Church.