The curate of St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Pickering will become an ordained Priest during a special service at York Minster this weekend.
Father Christopher Johnson, who has been curate at the church since his ordination as Deacon last year, will be ordained by the Rt Rev’d Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverley, on Sunday at 6pm.
“Over the past year, it’s been a great privilege to get to know both members of the church and wider community here,” said Fr Christopher. “My ordination to the Priesthood is an exciting step in my own vocational journey, and I’m looking forward to serving the people of Pickering, Lockton and Levisham in this new capacity.”
Bishops, priests and deacons all have specific roles within the church.
Priests are called to work with the Bishop in the care of his flock, by celebrating the Eucharist, administering the Sacraments, and offering God’s blessing in his name.
Because of these new responsibilities, a special event in the life of any priest is the first time he celebrates the Eucharist.
Fr Christopher’s ‘first mass’ will take place on Monday, June 16, at 7pm, at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church in Pickering.
A large number of guests are expected at this service, including Fr Christopher’s family, friends, and fellow clergy.
The Rt Rev’d Norman Banks, Bishop of Richborough, will preach, and the service will be followed by a buffet supper in the parish hall. All are welcome to attend.
Fr Christopher will continue to serve as curate of Pickering, Lockton and Levisham for another two to three years.