Various vocations

One of the joys of this past weekend at Kinnoull – and there were many – was the announcement of where this year’s Leavers will be going next, pending Recommendations from their final Appraisal Conference Reports. The photo shows them, from left to right:

Jacqueline Fenton, Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway, is a candidate for the Distinctive Diaconate. Jackie has been serving her third year placement at Christ Church, Lanark, getting deeply involved in starting up a Warm Community Hub project there. It is good to know that she will be able to continue to help make links between the congregation and local community for the next three years as she serves her Title there.

Next to her stands fellow Glasgow and Galloway ordinand Anthony Clapham. Tony, a senior Community Intellectual-disabilities Nurse, moved from the Diocese of Argyll and The Isles last summer and has been working hard at getting to know the diocese ever since, undertaking his final year placement at St Ninian’s Troon. He will serve as Assistant Curate at Holy Trinity, Kilmarnock.

Then come two ordinands from the Diocese of Aberdeen, first Godwin Chimara, the only stipendiary candidate in this year group. Godwin, a Fluids Engineer, will be leaving his employment as Team Lead in an International Energy Services Company to serve as Assistant Curate in St John the Evangelist, Aberdeen. It is hoped that in time this South Aberdeen curacy will include St James the Less, Aberdeen.

Next to him is Ferdinand von Prondzynski. A retired academic and university Principal, Ferdinand has been undertaking a placement at St Andrew’s Alford through his last year at SEI, as well as working energetically as the student link between SEI and our partner seminary in Brazil, CEA. He will serve as Assistant Curate at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Carden Place, Aberdeen.

The last two candidates come from the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness, first Patricia Ellison. During this past year, Pat has been using her experience as a former IT Training Manager and Community Development Officer to help lead the Greening the Curriculum research project. While on placement in the Speyside-Badenoch charges, (Grantown and Rothiemurchus), she piloted the use of Sensemaker, bringing together her IT skills and her passion for caring for the environment into a creative and fruitful mix. Pat will be licensed to serve as Lay Reader at St Columba’s Nairn but will spend half her time working with the Bishop across the Diocese in a time of change and planning for the future.

Next to her stands Blayne Peacock. Blayne, a retired Health Care professional with extensive experience in hospital chaplaincy, has spent his final year placement at St Michael’s Inverness. This year-long involvement in the art of congregational leadership will be invaluable as he serves his Title at St Paul’s Strathnairn, a small charge in a beautiful glen a little to the south of Loch Ness.

An Ember Card asking for your prayers for these six candidates will be published later in the summer.

Photo courtesy of Ross Stirling-Young