Ordination of Priests from the Bradford Episcopal Area

On Saturday 26th June 2021 we’ll be hosting our next ‘Ordination of Priests’ service.


This is a particularly joyful occasion as we celebrate God’s life among us and the calling of Elspeth and Will to ordained ministry as priests in the Church of God.


At the service we gather as participants, not observers, so please pray for them as they embark on this new stage in their discipleship of Christ and, as we go through the service, please join in with the congregational responses and prayers as we worship God through word and song, music and silence.


Let’s meet those who will be taking part in this Ordination service…

Elspeth Cansdale

Elspeth Cansdale


“This picture of me was taken at the top of Whernside a week last Saturday. In lots of ways my ordination journey has been a bit like the route we followed: slow and steady!

“It has been about 12 years since I first began to consider becoming a priest and in the intervening time God has shaped and prepared me. I am so thankful to all my friends and family who have supported me in this time and I know will continue to do so as I am priested.

“Despite all its challenges, the last year has really been a wonderful time as I have joined the congregation at Oxenhope and begun ministry as a Deacon. I didn’t expect to learn so much about live streaming services nor to have to tackle such a huge issue in preaching as a global pandemic, however, God has been faithful to me and provided all that I have needed – especially in my gracious incumbent and the patient folks of St Mary’s!

“I am looking forward to the year ahead especially Eucharistic ministry and getting involved in the wider village community. Please pray for me: that all I do and say would be through God’s power and for His glory.”

Will Grant

Will Grant

“It has been a delight to serve in the parish of Clayton in West Bradford over the last year, even in such times.  We have been supported and encouraged by the Church and the local community in that place, and look forward to what God has in store for us, and are hopeful and expectant as we continue to live and minister in this place. 

“For myself I am looking forward to continue growing into the role of the priest for the benefit of God’s Church in the potentially challenging and uncertain future.  The hope of the gospel is as relevant now as it has always been, and I long to see the good news of Christ humbly shared with the city of Bradford in word and action. I am daily amazed, surprised and grateful that God has called me to share in His mission and ministry as priest in the Church of England.”

To watch the ordination service, join us at 3pm on Saturday 26th June, on YouTube. You can also download the service booklet from our website.

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