Record Number of Ordinations in Sydney

This from SydneyAnglicans:

Archbishop Dr Peter Jensen says a record year of ordinations for the Sydney Diocese is a cause for thanks to God but has called for prayer that more men and women may be raised up for ministry.

Dr Jensen ordained 50 men and 6 women, and commissioned one lay worker in front of a packed congregation at St Andrew’s Cathedral on Saturday 6th February.

“What we are seeing here today” Dr Jensen told the congregation “is wonderful evidence of the good work of God in our city. We’re so delighted and thankful to God.”

Parish support was vital for the candidates. Officials say as of October, 22 people were still without jobs but 2010 began with everyone being offered a position.

Even though he described the numbers as ‘extraordinary’ Dr Jensen asked the rhetorical question “Is it enough? No. We need many, many more Christian workers for the task that is ahead of us. This is not enough.”

Dr Jensen then asked the congregation to be in prayer for the raising up of more Gospel workers.

Most of the ordinands are destined for parish ministry, but as well as the record for overall numbers, it also marked the most school chaplains to be ordained in one year.

and a video, too!

Record Ordination from on Vimeo.

Now, obviously this group aren’t quite as fine a pedigree of men and women as the outstanding class of 2008, but I suppose they’ll do wink

Seriously, does anyone know of another diocese anywhere that regularly has this number of ordinands?

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  1. Joshua Bovis

    This is very exciting. A mate of mine Paul Brigden…Rev Paul Brigden now; is in that pic. Now working at Macquarie Chapel I think.

    It is my prayer that God will continue to raise up men and women for the gospel not just in Sydney, but throughout all of Australia.

    p.s I have a new blog!
    p.p.s If you have Gordon Cheng’s email, could forward it to me mate?

  2. David Ould

    Excellent news Boofy and well done on the blog. I’ll add it to my own blog roll when I get round to setting it up!

  3. David Ould

    Don’t have Gordo’s address.

    Why not pop by his blog?

    Oh, and sort yourself out a gravatar!

  4. Joshua Bovis

    I think I have just done it! What do ya think?

  5. David Ould

    I think something is wrong with my template. It’s recorded my email address for you twice in a row.

    Can you post another comment making sure to use your own email address?



  6. Roger Gallagher

    Hi Dave,

    Whilst I agree with you that they can’t compare with the class of 2008,except in numbers, we shouldn’t get too cocky, as the numbers of ordinands coming through the system in the next couple of years will be smaller.

  7. David Ould

    Hi Rog,

    Mate, no cockiness at all – just a little light banter!

    Get yourself a gravatar, matey!

  8. Gordon Cheng

    Haven’t you e-mailed me some other time, joshiwanboshovi? I’ve had the same e-mail address since 1994!!

    Thanks for letting me use your blog to say hi to Josh, David!

  9. David Ould

    no problem, Gordo. However, show some respect and get a gravatar!

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