I’m so pleased to be able to announce that we have a new date for our postponed national deacons’ conference, next year.

It will be on Saturday 17 April at the same place as our first conference in 2018, the Frances Young centre at Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham.

Our speaker will be the Rt Rev Martin Seeley, bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, and Chair of the Church of England Ministry Council.

This post is a key one, responsible with the Council for advising the House of Bishops and the dioceses over the work of nurturing vocations to ministry, the selection and formation of candidates for ministry and continuing ministerial development and deployment.

As Ministry Division continues to review its training and formation qualities, including for Distinctive Deacons, Bishop Martin is a crucial person able to speak to us at a critical time about the future shape of the distinctive diaconate.

We are also exceptionally blessed to have the Rt Rev James Newcome with us, bishop of Carlisle.  Bishop James is the distinctive deacons’ champion and our constant guide and supporter.

Bishop of Carlisle sets off on 24-day Lent Walk across Cumbria ...

(image from News and Star)

I’m just as pleased to announce that

timings & prices remain exactly the same. Please put this new date in your diaries now and spread the word to others who may be interested. 

Tickets are now on saleAll tickets that were purchased for the COVID-cancelled 2020 conference will be valid for next year and we hope that as many of our current attendees as possible will choose to retain their tickets for 2021. However, we also recognise that this will not be possible for everyone so full refunds will therefore also be available on request by emailing us at

You can also book accommodation:  please scroll down on the Eventbrite page to see details.

If Covid-10 continues, and it is not possible to meet physically, we expect to offer a zoom conference instead.

It’s all going on for deacons!

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