1 One of the 5 “lesser” sacraments – though you wouldn’t think it, from the significance which the church invests in it and the power it seems to give to its clergy

2 Yes, I know…. Or “she”!

3 You will be aware that this question of vocation affects both women and men – and that the worldwide church has been coming to terms with the ordination of women over recent decades. It is now ten years since the Church of England ordained its first women – and it is progressively examining the idea of women bishops. There are already women bishops in other parts of our Anglican Communion [eg USA and New Zealand] – and there are already women in other senior positions in the Church of England [eg an Archdeacon in Rochester Diocese

4 Including the Diocese of Sodor and Man and the Diocese in Europe

5 We are in a wonderful position here to know about theological students! Not many parishes rub shoulders with emergent clergy like we do. Take advantage of it!

6 Deacons cannot absolve people of their sins, bless them or preside at Holy Communion. Priests cannot confirm people or ordain them.

7 The difference between “rank” and “job” is an important one to grasp. Once I was a civil servant – and held the “rank” of “Executive Officer” [in the trade, an “EO”]. In my two years as an EO I did three different “jobs”, working in various [entirely different] offices of the then Ministry of Aviation

8 A sort of spiritual OBE! “Canons” [the title you hear most often] who are also parish priests only have the title as an honour. They have a minor relationship with the cathedral, the mother church of the Diocese. They are consulted over cathedral matters in what is called a “college of canons”, but they do not have a “job” at the cathedral – other than preaching there once in a while.