What an amazing evening as Bishop Jonathan came to ordain Fr Topham as a priest. He’s been with us for a year as a deacon and is now able to celebrate Mass and declare God’s forgiveness of sins. It was a joy to welcome to St Mary’s the clergy and people of St Benet Kentish Town as their curate, Fr Nigel Palmer, was also ordinand priest. Priests are ordained to be “servants and shepherds among the people to whom they are sent,” as the Ordinal puts it. Bishop Jonathan exhorted the new priests to “remember always with thanksgiving that the treasure now to be entrusted to you is Christ’s own flock, bought by the shedding of His Blood.” The Mass was followed by a great party in the Kemble Hall and Vicarage Garden with tons of food and drink. With thanks to Mike Still for the photographs.