Katy Garner was ordained in our cathedral on July 2. She thought she might never see that day after being diagnosed with cancer for a second time. Her treatment was filmed for a BBC documentary The Big C and Me. See here for details. Click here for photos of the ordination of priests, and here for photos of the ordination of deacons.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will visit our cathedral in July to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Sisters of Bethany. They are our diocese's only religious community and have an important role in prayer, service and support for our parishes. Click here for details.
One of our churches is joining forces with the Wight Strollers to stage Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in July. You can enjoy the iconic songs from the show at Medina Theatre, and raise vital funds for St Peter's, Shorwell. Details here.
The July edition of the Pompey Chimes previews a community Nativity play that will be staged in Leigh Park, reports on our celebrations for the Queen's 90th birthday, asks school governors why they enjoy this demanding role, and speaks to the ordinand who has battled cancer twice and come through it. You can read it all here.
Bishop Christopher launched a brand new award by honouring 14 faithful worshippers for their devotion to serving others. The first St Thomas Awards were given to these stalwarts at Evensong in our cathedral. Click here for details.
The new headteacher of St Jude's C of E Primary School in Old Portsmouth was commissioned in our cathedral in front of pupils, staff, governors and parents. Rachael Osborne, who had been acting head at the school, has been given the job on a permanent basis. Full story here.
Churchgoers from churches across Portsmouth will offer support to city pupils by becoming School Pastors. They'll volunteer to spend time during lunchtimes in Charter Academy from September. For details, see here.
Churchgoers from churches across Portsmouth have donated more than 800 Easter eggs, which will be given to some of the city's neediest families. Their generosity came after an appeal co-ordinated by St Mary's Church, Fratton. Canon Bob White presented the chocolate eggs to staff from two deserving charities, so they could pass them on to their clients. Read more here:
Our cathedral's tower and cupola are currently being repaired to prevent rainwater seeping through them and damaging the building. Dignitaries were invited to see the progress of the repairs at close quarters at a 'topping off' ceremony. Click here to read the full story and here to see all the photos.
OUR new strategy has just been launched. live | pray | serve will be our motto for the foreseeable future, as we aim to live as disciples of Christ, pray for the transformation of ourselves and our society, and serve those in need. Read more about it here.
A Vicar has spoken of his excitement at being appointed as the first Dean of Pioneer Ministry in our Diocese. The Rev Peter Hall, Priest in Charge of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Crookhorn, will develop, encourage and support pioneer ministry across the diocese. Click here to read the full story.
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