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The Archbishop made Leah Skuro a postulant to the vocational diaconate. Leah attends All Saints' Burnaby and will begin serving an internship at Holy Trinity Cathedral, New Westminster on October 1. The two other postulants to the priesthood are Lorie Martin (St Dunstan, Aldergrove) who is a theology student this academic year at All Saints' Mission and Jason Wood (St Brigid's/Salal and Cedar) who is a theology student this academic year at St Laurence, Coquitlam.

In addition to these postulants our diocese has several theology students on the ordination track and all of whom are at Vancouver School of Theology: Amer Aiyub, Jason Brown, Sara Ciantar, Kevin Rolston and Amanda Ruston along with the Reverends Jonathan Pinkney and Tasha Carrothers who will complete their degrees this academic year.

VST has begun a Diploma in Anglican Diaconal Studies to provide a more comprehensive course of study for those discerning ordination to the diaconate.

The diaconate of the Anglican churches is an historic order with roots in the ancient church, adapting to the needs of the church and the world in our own age. In the Anglican Church, the diaconate is a distinctive ministry of service and agency, gifted and equipped to inspire and mobilize others into ministries of service, healing, and justice. They serve directly under the bishop of a diocese and help to carry out the bishop’s ministry. Once ordained, deacons exercise leadership among the faithful, encouraging, training, and organizing them for various ministries.

The Reverend Liz Ruder-Celiz has been appointed part time Anglican Chaplain at the Vancouver School of Theology.

St Martin, North Vancouver will begin a period of Interim Ministry on November 1 following the Rev. Robin Ruder-Celiz's departure.

The Rev. Canon Jonathan LLoyd, Rector of St Stephen, West Vancouver, will make his life profession in the Third Order of the Society of St Francis (TSSF) at 10:30am on Thursday, September 12. The liturgy will be held at the Bethlehem Retreat Centre, Nanaimo and Archbishop Andrew Hutchison will preside. For more on the Third Order of St Francis see tssf.org.


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The Reverend Liz Ruder-Celiz
The Reverend Robin Ruder-Celiz
The Reverend Canon Jonathan LLoyd
Photos: Wayne Chose