Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Philip Freier will ordain 18 men and women as Anglican priests at 11am on Saturday 30 November in St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. The media are welcome to attend.

“It is with delight that we announce the ordination of eleven men and seven women to the priesthood. They range in age from 24 to 64, and they also offer diversity in background and ministry – some will be parish-based, while others will minister as school and prison chaplains and in Anglican overseas aid,” said Archdeacon Robert Presland, Director of Theological Education for the Diocese.

Alexander Ross and Sandra Solomon are two of the people who will be ordained on 30 November.

A sense of being called to ministry had niggled at Alexander Ross for years, but he had resisted it, considering first law and then diplomacy or international relations as career possibilities, but ultimately opting for teaching. One day, quite out of the blue, the assistant priest at his parish asked if he had ever thought about ordained ministry? Alexander laughed and brushed away the question, but it continued to resonate in his mind. “I couldn’t shake it,” he admitted. “I knew I had to start taking it seriously.”

Alexander definitely feels his call is to parish ministry. “I love being in a parish,” he said, “because it grounds the Church in the local community. It is important to get to know the whole profile of the area and to reassert the place of the parish in it. Weddings, baptisms, funerals all give an opportunity to connect with people and to explore faith more deeply.”

Former Student Welfare Co-ordinator Sandra Solomon was 19 when she first felt the stirrings of a vocation to the priesthood. While in church praying she sensed that God was asking her, in Jesus’ words to Peter in Chapter 21 of John’s Gospel, to “feed my sheep”.

What is Sandy looking forward to after her ordination?

“I am bursting to model to others that God is present in our lives, that He gives us guidance and speaks to us through the Scriptures. I want to make disciples who do as Jesus does, and I want all people to know how wonderful He is, and find their identity in God.”

 

For further information contact:
Archdeacon Robert Presland on 0417 133 053
The Revd Alexander Ross on 0481 451 145 (Tuesday 26 November only)
The Revd Sandra Solomon on 0403 362 003 (Tuesday 26 November only)
Communications Director Roland Ashby on 0418 342 561