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Historic Ordinations in the Kingston Episcopal Area

2 years, 7 months ago

In what is believed to be only the second ordination ever to be held in St Mary, Putney three people were ordained to the Priesthood having served as Deacons.  The service took place on Sunday 25 September at 10.30am.  They will each continue to serve their curacy in the parish indicated. 

The Revd Laura Fawcett

Putney Team Ministry

The Revd Katherine Smith

Battersea, St Peter & St Paul

The Revd Dr Nicky von Fraunhofer

Wandsworth, St Paul

It is probable that a church was first built on the site of St Mary, Putney in the 13th Century as a chapel of ease of the larger Manor of Mortlake.   In December 1302 the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Winchelsey, ordained 36 men from across the Province of Canterbury there.  As far as records show Sunday’s service was the first ordination to be held in the church since.  But the church is famous nonetheless as, during the Civil War, Cromwell and members of the New Model Army met in the church to discuss their vision for a new democratic society in what is now called ‘The Putney Debates’. Colonel Rainsborough’s resulting statement about the equality of all in the sight of God is recorded on the wall facing the altar.

The Venerable John Kiddle, Archdeacon of Wandsworth preached at the ordination and said “the priestly ministry is to make space, to hold space - your hands open, your heart open - your presence not an imposition but a gift”

Bishop Richard commented, ‘I am delighted to have been able to ordain these three women to the ministry of priest in the Church of England.   They have much to offer in their work in their parishes and in the wider world.’ 


LAURA FAWCETT (34) was brought up in London where she has lived most of her life. She read Theology at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and then studied Performance at Central School of Speech and Drama. Laura worked in theatre and as a youth worker before training for ordination at Westcott House where she completed her MPhil at Pembroke College.

KATHARINE SMITH (31) was born and brought up in Gloucester, moving to Cambridge to study Engineering at university. She worked in a children’s centre in Cheltenham and then at St Pauls Church, Newport as pastoral assistant, before returning to Cambridge to study theology prior to ordination. Katharine plays the piano, enjoys choral singing, needlework and gardening.

NICOLA (NICKY) VON FRAUNHOFER (52) is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, member of the Institute of Group Analysis and visiting lecturer at Roehampton University. In her spare time, Nicky is a water colour artist and also enjoys writing fiction.