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Bishop ordains wife at cathedral

The Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch and his wife Celia
Celia McCulloch one of 44 people who were ordained this weekend

The Bishop of Manchester, the Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch, has ordained his wife at Manchester Cathedral.

Celia McCulloch is to serve as a full-time stipendiary curate in the parish of Cheetham, north Manchester.

She was one of 44 people who were ordained this weekend in three services held in the Diocese of Manchester.

"The day of ordination represents the end of one part of a journey and the start of another," Bishop McCulloch said.

"It is an honour for a bishop, and in my case a special honour for a husband, to be part of that journey.

"I hope the many communities across Greater Manchester, that will welcome these new clergy, will pray for them as they begin their work."

Mrs McCulloch said: "Like my fellow ordinands, I am looking forward to working in my new parish.

"All of us have responded to God's call to serve those in need, to lead people in prayer and teach and encourage by word and example."

The couple have been married for more than 30 years.




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