THREE new clergy responsible for Bromsgrove and Redditch were ordained at Worcester Cathedral recently.

Altogether, 16 clergy were ordained to serve in parishes across the Diocese.

Twelve of those have completed their first year and were ordained Priest, meaning they are now able to preside at the Holy Communion.

They include Janet Hatton, serving at St John, Bromsgrove.

She said: "I have really enjoyed my year as a Deacon and cannot believe how quickly the year has gone.

"I have had the wonderful experience of baptising children and of observing some marriage services.

"To be able to be part of people’s lives at these times and knowing that God is with them is truly amazing."

In addition, four candidates were ordained Deacon and are entering their first year of training as a curate.

They include Francis Moloney, to serve at Redditch Holy Trinity, and Victoria Barlow, to serve at Astwood Bank, St Matthias & St George and The Bridge, Headless Cross.

Motorcyclist Victoria said: "I love challenging stereotypes and encouraging others to find ways to live into fullness of life.

"I am really looking forward to embracing this mission alongside the people of Ss. Matthias & George and The Bridge churches and their communities."

Francis added: "I am looking forward to moving to Redditch and serving in the Holy Trinity team, making new friends and joining in with mission of the church in that place."

The Bishop of Worcester presided at both ordinations, assisted by the Bishop of Dudley.

Bishop David Wilbourne, Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of York, preached at the service in the Cathedral having led the pre-ordination retreat for candidates.