Another year and another new batch of Deacons in the Church of England will be going to their respective parishes to start their 3 year Curacy. They will be known as Curates.
This year, we too are getting a new curate who will be with us for 3 years DV. Sadly not all Curacies are success stories. There is often a breakdown in relationship between the training incumbent and the curate which is very regrettable.
About a year or so ago, there was an article/letter in the Church Times which stated that most breakdowns are caused by Jealousy. Not the curates, rather the training incumbent getting jealous of the Curate’s popularity.
Anyway, Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Ordination service has been postponed as the Bishop MUST lay his/her hands on the Deacons to ordain them. Instead, We will have a welcome service via zoom. Until the Ordination is complete, the curates will be known as PASTORAL WORKERS instead of REVERENDS. Something that some prospective curates are finding difficult – not to be able to use the dog collar just yet!!!