Bishop Stephen Andrews is pleased to announce the upcoming ordinations, God willing, of Mr Aidan Armstrong and Dr Derek Neal to the Diaconate. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, 28 January 2016 (the Memorial of Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Friar, Teacher of the Faith, 1274), at the Wycliffe College Chapel (5 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto), beginning at 7 p.m. The preacher will be The Reverend Dr Jay Koyle, Congregational Development Officer for the Diocese of Algoma. The service will be taken from the Book of Alternative Services. Clergy are asked to robe (cassock and surplice) and process. The liturgical colour will be red.
Mr Aidan Armstrong is in his final year of the MDiv programme at Wycliffe College in the Pioneer Ministry stream. A lifelong Anglican, Aidan grew up in London, Ontario, and has a BA in Theology from Huron University College. This past summer, he was the Summer Student Minister at St Christopher’s, McGregor Bay, as well as the featured speaker at the Diocese of Algoma Youth Synod.
Dr Derek Neal anticipates completing the requirements for a MDiv from Wycliffe College sometime in 2016. A full-time Associate Professor in the History Department of Nipissing University, Derek began to sense a call to pastoral ministry around the time of his Confirmation in 2012. In addition to his PhD from McGill, he has degrees from McMaster, the University of Toronto, and the University of Ottawa. A former Warden at St John’s, North Bay, Derek is undertaking a student placement at St Brice’s.
Please pray for Derek and Aidan as they prepare for their ordinations:
Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, in your divine providence you have appointed various orders in your Church. Give your grace, we humbly pray, to all who are called to any office and ministry for your people; and so fill them with the truth of your doctrine and clothe them with holiness of life, that they may faithfully serve before you, to the glory of your great name and for the benefit of your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.