Newest Member Of Parish Team Being Ordained This Weekend

eileen martin july 2015The newest person to join the islands’ Church of England team is being ordained as a Priest in a ceremony at Truro Cathedral on Saturday.

Eileen Martin moved to St Mary’s from Dorset last summer.

Eileen and husband Ivor have been regular visitors to Scilly for over forty years. But the move here was unexpected.

Whilst in Hugh Town last year, buying wellington boots, they saw an advert for a house and their offer was accepted within a week.

She says they proved to be the most expensive pair of wellies she’s come across!

Eileen’s a former teacher and worked as an unpaid Deacon in a ‘benefice’ of six churches in villages near Sherborne. She worked closely with elderly residents who couldn’t get to church.

She says the welcome she’s received here has been fantastic and she already feels very much a part of the community.

That’s encouraged her to get more involved with the church on the islands and become a priest.

Eileen says it is, “exciting, daunting and challenging but an enormous privilege that at 71 God has not finished with me.”

She says she can, “only hope and pray that I can serve the community here well.”

Eileen will be ordained this weekend along with eleven other new Deacons and Priests by the Bishop of Truro, Tim Thornton.

St Mary’s Chaplain, Canon Paul Miller, is also attending the ceremony.