News from the Diocese of Southwark
Petertide Ordinations in Southwark Diocese
5 Jul 2012
On Sunday 1 July 2012 at 11am in Southwark Cathedral, the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun ordained twelve people as Deacons to serve in the Diocese of Southwark.
They will each serve their curacy in the parish indicated:
Herbert Aparanga Blackheath,
St John the Evangelist
Benjamin Brown Cheam Team Ministry
Alison Brunt South Croydon, St Peter & St Augustine UB
Tom Carson Mortlake with East Sheen Team Ministry
Gregory Cushing Wandsworth, All Saints with Holy Trinity
Susikaran James Tulse Hill, Holy Trinity
Catriona Laing Dulwich, St Barnabas
Gillian O'Neill West Dulwich, All Saints
Hazel O'Sullivan Reigate, St Mary
Joshua Ray Streatham, St Leonard
Adam Rylett South Croydon, Emmanuel
James White Addiscombe, St Mary Magdelene
On the same day a further eight people were ordained to the priesthood having served for one year as a Deacon. They will each continue to serve their curacy in the parish indicated.
The following were ordained by the Bishop of Croydon, the
Rt Revd Jonathan Clark, in Croydon Minster:
Helen Fraser Chipstead, St Margaret
Donna Lazenby Wallington, Springfield
Leah Philbrick Sutton Team Ministry
The following were ordained by the Bishop of Kingston, the
Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, at Kennington, St John the Divine:
David Pennells Kennington, St John the Divine w St James
Tulo Raistrick Telford Park, St Thomas w St Stephen
Andrew Sweeney Clapham, Christ Church & St John the Evangelist
The following were ordained by the Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr Michael
Ipgrave, at Perry Hill, St George:
Samuel Dennis Catford (Southend) & Downham Team Ministry
Catherine Tucker Perry Hill, St George w Christ Church & St Paul
Biographies of those ordained Deacon at Southwark Cathedral:
Herbert O. Aparanga (52) was born in Gulu district, northern Uganda; the area that was under the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency until 2006. He came to Britain in 1989 as a refugee. Gaining a degree in Applied Economics with Labour Studies, he worked mainly in retail-outdoor/camping sector.Herbert enjoys walking, playing football and cycling as well as listening to Radio Four.
Benjamin (Ben) Brown (40) was born in London and grew up near Oxford. He trained as an actor in London and gained a degree in English and Theatre. He has worked as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language and in a literary agency. Married to Rachael they have two children, the youngest of whom is only a month old.Ben is working on a short book about the Gospels and is interested in current affairs, books, film and music.
Alison Brunt (51) was born in Carlisle and brought up in North Yorkshire and Cumbria. After a degree in mathematics-with-engineering followed by teacher training, she taught in secondary and primary schools before becoming a local authority mathematics consultant which involved working with primary school teachers in South London. Married to Tim, she enjoys travelling and is happiest sitting on a sandy beach, preferably in the sun, reading crime or historical novels.
Tom Carson (28) grew up in Cornwall and studied Theology in Oxford. He went on to train as a secondary school teacher in London and taught Religious Education in Wallington for four years. He is married and has two small children. Tom enjoys running marathons, music, Indian cookery, and Cornish coastal walks.
Gregory (Greg) Cushing (27) was born in Northampton and attended school at Stowe where he came to faith. He gained a degree in Architecture from Plymouth University amidst playing lots of rugby. He spent two years as a Christian Youth Worker, spending 5 months working with students in the Gambia.He then studied at Cornhill Bible College whilst working at Wimbledon, Emmanuel. He trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge where he gained a double blue in Rugby Union and League for the University.He also got married!
Susikaran James (36) was born and brought up in India.He came to Britain 8 years ago and lived in London.He is married with two children. He says he is probably a Christian today because missionaries from this country brought the Gospel to India, so he sees himself as someone who wants to pay back the blessings they once received.He loves cricket and had the privilege of captaining his college team which won the "Ashes to Ashes - 2012" trophy this year.
Catriona Laing (33) Prior to theological college Catriona worked in political research and humanitarian work in the Middle East. From 2005 she worked on an inter-faith project at the University of Cambridge developing academic research and public education programmes in Muslim, Christian and Jewish relations. She left this job in the Divinity Faculty to move down the road to train for ordination at Westcott House, during which time she also gained her doctorate.She loves travelling and is always looking for excuses to return to the Middle East on holiday or for work.
Gill O'Neill (38) was born and brought up in Radcliffe, north of Manchester. She read Theology at Westminster College, Oxford before training as a secondary school teacher. She taught RE in south London for nine years. She is married with two young daughters. She enjoys walking and the outdoors, film, theatre and drinking tea.
Hazel O'Sullivan (47) grew up in Northamptonshire. She studied Hotel & Catering Management at the University of Surrey in Guildford before moving to London to train in accountancy. She has worked for many years in accountancy where she has been involved in training, coaching and practice management. Most recently she has been writing ethical standards for accountants. Hazel is married with two children. She enjoys good food - both cooking it and eating it - and keeping fit through walking, yoga, cycling and running.
Joshua Rey (47) was born and brought up in London, and educated in Scotland and at Oxford where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He worked as a merchant banker in London and New York for several years, but shortly after being baptised and confirmed he left the City to work overseas in disaster relief. He subsequently pursued a consultancy career and for some years prior to training for ordination worked for central government in the field of unemployment policy. He is married with one son. He enjoys the cultural riches of London, likes hill walking, and plays the highland bagpipes at least once a year.
Adam Rylett (33) was born in Winchester, but was brought up in Warwickshire. He trained and worked as an Electronic Engineer before retraining in Youth and Community Ministry where he worked for nine years in Southampton and Richmond, Surrey. He is married and has two young children with whom he enjoys to spend any spare time. When he is not working or chasing toddlers he enjoys running, music and film.
James White (33) is a South Londoner.He is married with two children.To relax he likes to play on anything with wheels, from cycling to skateboarding or roller skating to bmx-ing.He is learning to slackline and looks forward to sharing the fun of this in Croydon, where he is looking forward to ministering to God's people.
Those ordained priest at Croydon Minster
Helen Fraser (34) was born and raised in Sussex. She moved first to Manchester to study for a law degree and then to London to qualify as a solicitor. She practised Real Estate Finance Law for ten years in the City before moving to Bristol to train for ordination. She is married and has two children. Helen enjoys independent travel, cooking, going to the cinema and the theatre and taking her children swimming. She has a particular passion for helping Christians to bring their faith into the context of the workplace.
Donna Lazenby (29) was born and brought up in Torquay, Devon.She read Philosophy and Theology at Queens' College, Cambridge, and followed her B.A. Tripos with an MPhil in Philosophy of Religion and a PhD in Theology and Literature, also from Cambridge.She was lay pastoral assistant for one year at Holy Trinity Church, Eltham before ordination.Donna is married and enjoys singing, art, cooking, mountain walking.She is passionate about discovering how the Church can engage with, and evangelise within, contemporary Western culture.
Leah Philbrick (33) grew up in New Hampshire, USA and completed a degree in Biblical and Theological Studies at Gordon College in Massachusetts.She then came to London where she spent 8 years in church-based youth work, working primarily with children and young people.Handy with a cricket ball and with a couple of marathons under her belt, Leah seeks personal refreshment through active involvement in sports and outdoor pursuits of all kinds. She also maintains a growing collection of books and is a long-time member of LoveFilm.
Those ordained priest at Kennington, St John the Divine
David Pennells(56) was born and brought up in Crawley, West Sussex and moved to Reading to qualify as a Social Worker. Throughout his social work career David focused on managing services for adults, particularly older people, and specialised in care of people with dementia. He became an Inspector of such services, initially for Croydon Council and subsequently within the national social and health care inspectorates. He finally worked with the Care Quality Commission. His interests include horticulture, art, architecture and music - especially chamber music, organ music and opera.
Tulo Raistrick (42) lived in Suffolk for most of his childhood before studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford. He lived and worked in Soweto, South Africa during the last three years of apartheid, seeing many of his friends vote for the first time in their lives. He returned to the UK to work with the relief and development charity Tearfund, working to support urban UK churches in community development for five years, and then a further seven years facilitating community transformation with churches in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He is married with three children and enjoys playing board games with his children, walking, listening to sport, and history.
Andrew Sweeney (53) was born and grew up in the Midlands, and has lived and worked in London for most of his life. He worked in computing and business for over twenty-five years, at first in the City and later in broadcasting and publishing. He is married and when he has any spare time, he likes to play music, too - he is a drummer and enjoys playing roots, folk and jazz music.
Those ordained priest at Perry Hill, St George
Sam Dennis (27) grew up in northwest London. After a gap year with Tearfund in Malawi, he studied history at the University of Cambridge and after graduation moved to South London to be a chaplaincy assistant at King's College London. Sam enjoys art, film, bad historical dramas, and discovering new places - preferably on foot. He has been a tour guide in Florence and has walked the Camino to Santiago de Compostela.
Catherine Tucker (49) was born on the island of Anglesey, Wales. As an adult she has lived in South London with a career as a contemporary dancer, choreographer and dance teacher, as well as gaining a degree in Humanities (majoring in philosophy of aesthetics) and working in property conveyancing! Brought up without religion, Catherine 'met Christ' in multi-cultural Balham by 'understanding' the 'choreography' of the Eucharist and being drawn to participation by the serving team. Whilst training at Westcott House Catherine was Dean's Clerk at Jesus College and also gained an M.Phil in Philosophy of Religion. She has also served as a Street Pastor.