Yesterday the Diocese of Lancaster celebrated a joyful occasion: the ordination of a new priest. Fr Darren Carden was ordained in the Cathedral, where a large congregation had gathered to witness his ordination and offer their prayerful support. There is no happier occasion in the life of any diocese than the ordination of a new priest, and the sense of joy was almost tangible among those who had come together from around the Diocese and beyond.
After the Mass, Fr Darren had to perform cake-cutting duties, followed by a rousing rendition of 'for he's a jolly good fellow', sung by the appreciative crowd gathered in Lancaster's Ashton Hall. Today he has some more obviously priestly duties to perform, as he celebrates a Mass of thanksgiving at St Joseph's church in the city, where he has been relevant for much of his years in seminary training. Fr Darren is appointed to St Clare's Church, Preston, where he will serve as assistant priest and chaplain to the Royal Preston Hospital. A number of people have left messages of support on our Facebook page - if you'd like to do so, you can find the page here.