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Three GPs among 18 deacons to be ordained at Lichfield Cathedral

Three GPs are among 18 new deacons set to be ordained at Lichfield Cathedral this weekend.

Abbie Walsh, Robin Trotter and Alison Storer,

Abbie Walsh, Robin Trotter and Alison Storer,

Alison Storer, Robin Trotter and Abbie Walsh will join 11 other women and four men who will become curates after two or three years of training.

Following their ordination as deacons by the Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, at services on Saturday and Sunday, they will start their parish ministry across the diocese.

Diocesan director of vocations, Dr Lindsey Hall, said: “It’s a really exciting time to be thinking about all the ways in which God calls people to serve in their communities, workplaces and also in the church.

“As the church changes, ministry is also changing and we are excited by people’s vision for creative, missional leadership to share the Good News of Jesus in today’s culture and context.”

Alison, who grew up in Manchester before heading off to London to study medicine, said she will continue to work as a GP while working as a self-supporting curate at her home parish in Penn near Wolverhampton.

“Medicine always was a vocation for me and one of the things I’ve struggled with over the years is whether it’s possible to have two vocations in a life-time,” she said. “It’s going to be a new experience for the parish because they’ve never had a minister in secular employment.

“Where I work as a GP it is a rich missionary field, it’s inner city and deprived, it really is where Jesus would be. You are doing pastoral care on a daily basis and experiences in both roles support and feed what you do.”

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