On Sunday morning (27th June), Chris Hartley, who for many years has been our reader at St Chrysostom’s was ordained deacon at Manchester Cathedral, along with seventeen other men and women. Bishop Chris Edmondson (Bishop of Bolton) was the ordaining bishop, and the Bishop of Manchester celebrated the Mass.
It was a gloriously sunny day, and the worship was led with dignity and care. There were some very moving moments, as well as a spirit of encouragement and joy. The Mass was set to Palestrina’s Missa Aeterna Christi Munera and the hymns were a good variety, and included a St Chrysostom’s favourite Alleluya, sing to Jesus. The Dean of Bradford, David Ison, had led the ordination retreat and he preached at the ordination.
People had travelled from many places to support those being ordained, and friends and relatives of Chris had come to Manchester. We were especially pleased to welcome Ben Eadon, a former parish assistant, now in training at Westcott House, in Cambridge.
Following the two hour service (it seemed shorter), family and friends enjoyed a buffet lunch at St John’s Rectory, prepared by Sister Catherine and Sister Julie. We also sampled the sisters elderflower cordial. The conversation was so good, and the atmosphere so relaxing that we were not even tempted to watch the Germany v. England football match. (And a good job we didn’t considering the score!).
Fr Chris is designated an ‘Ordained Local Minister (OLM), for St Chrysostom’s parish.’ OLMs are ordained with the expectation that they will remain in the same parish or locality for their entire ministry. OLMs do not receive payment from the church for the work they do. They are not usually full time in their parish work – Fr Chris will work a few hours a week in the parish.