Deacon Joseph

Congratulations to parishioner Joseph Gulliford who, on Saturday 3rd July, was ordained a deacon at St John’s Seminary in Wonersh as part of his journey to becoming a priest.  Joseph has been studying at the seminary for the past five years, and next year will be ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Southwark. 

A few words from Joseph:

I am so excited to take this big step in giving my life to God and His people in service of His kingdom. Please pray for me – it’s a big big challenge but with His grace anything is possible. I have been at Seminary for five years and I am so grateful for all who have helped me to grow and learn so much over this time, not to mention my parents and family who I owe so much to for getting here. I journey onwards now to Priesthood.
I also say a sad farewell to our beloved St John’s in Wonersh. A place that has trained so many for over 130 years.
And thank you to all of you who have been praying for me – you are amazing and I am so, so grateful.
Glory to God in all things (1 Cor 10:31)!

To read an article written by Joseph on his journey to the priesthood please click here.

Joseph with the four others being ordained deacons at the same ceremony
Joseph with Archbishop John Wilson
With his parents Gillian and Charlie