New priest for the Pocklington area

Rebecca Haughty
Rebecca Haughty

A NEW priest for the Pocklington area has been ordained in a special service led by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

Rebecca Haughty, of Wold Road, will serve the Londesborough Wold and Pocklington Wold areas after being fully ordained into the priesthood at of the Diocese of York.

Forty-three-year-old Rebecca, who was one of ten other people to be ordained at the service in York Minster, has worked alongside local Reverend Geoff Hollingsworth as assistant curate for almost a year.

Before that she spent a career in nursing, including at Saint Catherine’s Hospice in Scarborough, but she always knew that the church was her true calling.

She said: “My dad was a church army captain so I grew up being a part of the church.

“I went to London to do nursing when I was 18, which I did for 22 years, but when I was about 30 I started having a sense that I was being called to work in the church in some way, but I kept putting it off.

“It wasn’t until I was about 38 that my mum told me I wasn’t getting any younger and I should get on with it!”

Rebecca attended college for two years to train for the priesthood and studied for a degree in theology.

She says that she is looking forward to getting stuck into her new role.

“I love meeting people, and the other thing I am growing into is just telling people about the Christian faith.

“I think a lot of people have preconceptions about Christianity saying you shouldn’t do this and you shouldn’t do that, but for me, my faith is at the core of who I am.

“It gives me strength and so much joy and I just want people to know that for themselves,” added Rebecca.

Speaking at the service, Archbishop Sentamu said: “I have met with all the candidates prior to their ordination and they are a fantastic group of people, each with special gifts to offer in their ministry.

“I have been deeply gladdened by their passion for Jesus and their desire to be a force for good in our communities.”