Denise McDougall and the Dog Collar

St Faith’s has a long tradition of fostering vocations to the priesthood, including of course the late Archbishop Robert Runcie. The latest in a long line, made deacon in Liverpool Cathedral at the Peterstide ordinations on Sunday, June 29th by the Bishop of Liverpool, was Mrs Denise McDougall – the first woman ordinand in our church’s history.

Following the splendour of the ordination service, at which seven women and six men were made deacon, Denise was welcomed at St Faith’s by her many friends and supporters. That evening she assisted at a Sung Eucharist at the neighbouring parish of Christ Church, Waterloo, where she will serve as curate. We send our congratulations, love and prayers to Denise: our pictures capture something of the atmosphere of a very special day for her and for St Faith’s.


The new deacons get their marching orders from Bishop James Jones after the ordination service

Greeting friends in the cathedral nave.


With husband Bruce, arriving at St Faith’s for the reception

With Fr Neil Kelley and parishioners at the start of the party.

Cutting the ‘ordination cake’ made for her by Mrs Audrey Dawson.

With the ‘refreshment ladies’: r. Mesdames Ruth Winder, Betty Sutcliffe,
Margaret Gallant, Chris Spence, Lillie Wilmot, Angie Price and Audrey Dawson.

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