The United Benefice of Sulhamstead Abbots
& Bannister with Ufton Nervet
Sulhamstead Abbots, Berkshire
RG7 4ED -
United kingdom
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Revd. Julie Howell

A Wonderful Day

Saturday the 19th September, a day to remember. I know many of you like me, have encouraged Julie Howell, “Our Julie”, on her path to ordination. Julie was ordained deacon last year, and Saturday saw her being ordained priest. Because of Covid19, proceedings were a little strange, with a very empty Reading Minster, lots of hand sanitizing, and masks everywhere, in all shapes, sizes, colours and effectiveness. Nevertheless, a beautiful and moving occasion, and “our Julie” read the Gospel. Nobody tripped over their cassock or dropped their hassock (which had to carried around for kneeling upon). Three of us accompanying priests laid hands on Julie from a safe distance of 10 yards when Bishop Olivia did the same. We felt our hands invisibly joining with Olivia’s episcopal fingers.
“Our Julie’s” road has been strewn with hurdles, fences and obstacles which would have deterred everyone but the most determined. Few will have had to contend with so much, and she is to be commended and taken to your hearts for her perseverance in the face of adversity. I know that she will be in our prayers and remembered for her time among us.
Now of course, “Our Julie” is someone else’s Julie, and she is caring for another flock, and no doubt being loved in return. A new life, and another road, upon which others will travel. We will not forget “Our Julie”, and I am quite certain, that Sulhamstead and her people will always be very special for her.
Well done Julie, you will yourself be very special to many people to come, and we all wish you a happy and fulfilled ministry.

Revd Dr Anthony Peabody


Sulhamstead & Ufton Nervet Parochial Church Council supports the Centenary Poppy Campaign 2014—2018