Recent ordinations at Cusworth

On Sunday, 29 January, at St. Mark & St. Hubert’s British Orthodox Church in Cusworth Village, near Doncaster, Abba Seraphim performed two ordinations to strengthen the diaconal ministry. Reader Athanasius Hall was ordained a subdeacon attached to the Church Secretariat in Charlton, but also to generally assist Abba Seraphim in his wider ministry to other parishes outside London. At the same service Subdeacon Antony Westwood was ordained a full Deacon with pastoral responsibility for the West of England, centred on the shortly-to-be-established British Orthodox Mission of Torbay, under the patronage of St. Petroc. Among the clergy assisting at the ordination were Father David Seeds, parish priest at Cusworth; Archdeacon James Maskery and Monk Alexis Raphael from Lincoln. After the Liturgy the Cusworth congregation provided a light buffet lunch, during which there was warm fellowship. It was also with much pleasure that Hazel Rockliff, a long-standing member of the Cusworth congregation, now confined to a wheelchair, was welcomed back to church after several weeks’ absence through ill health.