Durham diocese will welcome new clergymen and women

Simon Grundy, who is to become a deacon for Herrington, St Aidan, Penshaw, All Saints, Shiney Row, St Oswald in Sunderland. Picture By Keith Blundy.
Simon Grundy, who is to become a deacon for Herrington, St Aidan, Penshaw, All Saints, Shiney Row, St Oswald in Sunderland. Picture By Keith Blundy.
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The leadership of churches across Wearside will be strengthened with a host of ordinations this week.

The Diocese of Durham will welcome 17 new clergy with the ceremonies for deacons and priests as the Bishop of Durham, The Right Reverend Paul Butler leads the celebrations at Durham Cathedral.

Petrica Bistran, who is to be ordained as a priest and will be based at  St Matthew's in Silksworth. Picture by Keith Blundy.

Petrica Bistran, who is to be ordained as a priest and will be based at St Matthew's in Silksworth. Picture by Keith Blundy.

Among them will be Simon Grundy, who will serve Herrington, St Aidan’s, Penshaw, All Saints, Shiney Row and St Oswald’s as a deacon.

The 36-year-old is also poised to raise cash for Christian Aid by running for sponsorship, and plans to set up a running club in his parish.

Simon, who studied theology at Durham University after training as a lawyer, said: “Running also became something that was a spiritual experience for me, where I’d let go what was on my mind or weighing me down, sometimes I’d pray as I ran.

“Realising that I was running away from what God was calling me to do and who he was calling me to be was a really significant point in accepting that God wanted me to become a vicar.”

Realising that I was running away from what God was calling me to do and who he was calling me to be was a really significant point in accepting that God wanted me to become a vicar.

Simon Grundy

Others to also become deacons include Carol Harris, 50, who will serve in Wheatley Hill, All Saints and Wingate with Hutton Henry, Mark Mawhinney, 49, who will be based in Seaham, and Graham Young, 33, who will serve in St Mary’s and St Peter’s in Sunderland.

Those to become priests include Petrica Bistran, 32, who will serve Silksworth, St Matthew’s, John Estall, 35, who will serve at Washington, Holy Trinity, Muriel Peters, 66, who will work in Haswell, Shotton and Thornley, and Jacqueline Tyson, 61, who will be based at Sunderland Minster.

John Estall, who is to be ordained as a priest and serve at Holy Trinity in 
Washington. Picture by Keith Blundy.

John Estall, who is to be ordained as a priest and serve at Holy Trinity in Washington. Picture by Keith Blundy.

Jacqueline Tyson, who is to be ordained as a priest and serve Wearmouth Deanery, based at Sunderland Minster, Sunderland. Picture by Keith Blundy.

Jacqueline Tyson, who is to be ordained as a priest and serve Wearmouth Deanery, based at Sunderland Minster, Sunderland. Picture by Keith Blundy.