Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Episcopal & Diaconal Ordinations

Saturday 25th August 2012 was a very special day in the life of our church, both locally and Internationally.  Firstly, Mother Maria Francesca of our Liverpool based Franciscan Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament was ordained to the Diaconate.  
Supported by her sisters in religion Sr Maria Clare and Sr Maria Solanus, she was ordained alongside Rev Christopher Nieciag from our sister community in Poland.

The Episcopal ordination of +Szymon Niemiec followed with many members of our UK and Polish communities present, to witness the event.  +Szymon was elected to serve as Bishop by the support of members of the “United Christian Church in Poland.”  
A blessed time for our Polish brothers and Sisters, as having their own Bishop will allow further expansion of their communities throughout Poland.  Bishop Terry Flynn being principle consecrator was supported by, +Roger Whately and +Richard Palmer.

It was a wonderful occasion, meeting our brothers and sisters from Poland.  We hope to be able to make a return visit  to meet in Poland soon, perhaps in 2014 after Synod 2013 in Sydney Australia.
We also wish our Polish brothers and sisters every blessing for a fruitful growth in their congregation and ministry. Special thanks to all at Christ Church Milton United Reform Church, Portsmouth.

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