In 2007 Penny King joined us at St Chrysostom’s as a parish assistant. Penny had earlier that year graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University and came to test her vocation.
Penny lived and worked with us for four fun years. We enjoyed having her with us, and she gave a great deal to the life and fellowship of our church and parish. Not only did Penny learn the Catholic ways at St Chrysostom’s she also, among other things, worked at different times in both of our schools and restarted our Sunday School as Kharis.
From St Chrysostom’s Penny went to train for the priesthood at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield and she then was ordained deacon, and later priest. Penny began her ministry as a curate at St Elisabeth’s Church, Reddish.
Yesterday a group of us from St Chrysostom’s were delighted to travel “up north” – up the Rossendale valley to the far northern extremes of Manchester Diocese, to see Penny licensed as parish priest at St Nicholas, Newchurch.
Bishop Mark gave an encouraging sermon and we sang some lovely hymns including O thou who camest from above, Tell out my soul and a favourite at St Chrysostom’s All for Jesus.
Penny got a lovely welcome from the people of Newchurch, who had also provided a lovely tea afterwards.
Tea and cakes seemed to be a feature of the service so it was a delight to see them provided afterwards.
We all send Penny our love and prayers in her new home and ministry, and let’s organise a visit from St Chrysostom’s soon!