My first vow ceremony was held on the 1st October at the Bishop’s Chapel in Ipswich, Suffolk as part of a said service of Holy Communion and it was received by Bishop Nigel Stock, Bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.
I was accompanied by my local vicar, my team rector, my spiritual director and Sue Hartley who came to present me to Bishop Nigel. Sadly the friends I hoped would come were unable to attend due to previous commitments, and although they were missed, the Holy Spirit filled the chapel with love and friendship.
During the ceremony Bishop Nigel spoke about the history of the consecrated lifestyle since the Middle Ages, and he believed that there was a resurgence of interest in living a life of consecration to God, and he wished me all the best for my future, Bishop Nigel concluded by the blessing and presentation of my cross.
After the ceremony we were all introduced to Bishop David of Huntingdon who will be covering as our diocesan bishop during our interregnum, as Bishop Nigel leaves in October to take up a position at Lambeth Palace. We were all then treated to light refreshments in the Bishop’s residence by Bishop Nigel’s wife Caroline, the perfect end to a long awaited day.
May I take this chance to thank you all for your prayers over the past few months both for my health and for my consecration ceremony. It feels like a lifetime since I left the religious order in 2011, and at last I feel that I can move on with my journey in Faith and to follow where ever God leads me in the future.
Carol made her life vow in Ipswich on the 3rd November 2014. The service was attended by a few friends and supporters.