On Sunday, June 11, All Saints Anglican Cathedral held a service for the ordinations of The Rev. Drs. David and Susan Currie into the Priesthood and the installation of The Rev. Dr. Nathan Baxter as Dean of All Saints Anglican Cathedral.
The Curries have served as deacons at the Cathedral over the past year and have also continued their ministries outside the parish: Dr. David Currie as associate professor of pastoral theology and Dean of the Doctor of Ministry Program and the Ockenga Institute at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; and Dr. Susan Currie as Director of the Selah Program and spiritual formation ministries at the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The service included their oath of conformity, canonical obedience, and adherence to the scriptures. Bishop Bill taught on the significance of All Saints’ consecration, which took place the day before, and how the Curries and Nathan Baxter will, through their new positions, help embody the Celtic Way of hospitality, prayer, disciple-making and outreach to the surrounding communities. The idea of the cathedral as “home” was reflected in Bishop Bill’s words of encouragement and exhortation on marriage, its purpose, and how the Curries’ marriage and joint ordination give us a unique picture of Christ’s love for the Church and the reflection of the cathedral as a home for a unique spiritual family.
Nathan Baxter was installed as Dean after reaffirming his ordination vows, publicly declaring his resolve to serve as the dean of cathedral, and accepting various gifts from the service’s participants which reflect the different aspects of his new ministry: the ACNA Constitution and Canons from The Rev. Jack Lumanog, who attended on behalf of Archbishop Foley Beach; a basin and towel from parishioners, representing hospitality; a lantern for guidance and leadership; and a pilgrim’s staff.
Please join the ADNE in praying for our new priests and our new dean, that they may be strengthened with all faith to persevere in their service to God and His Church.
See the ordination and installation photo gallery below: