A Burnley faith leader has been ordained a priest at a service in Blackburn Cathedral.
Terry Murnane (51) was ordained along with 15 other new priests and deacons for the Church of England.
Lancashire’s Bishop, the Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, became the first Bishop of Blackburn to ordain women priests, alongside their male colleagues during the service.
Mr Murnane (51), who is married to Cheryl and has three children, ran the Faith Centre in Burnley for just short of a decade before fulfilling his “heart’s desire”.
“I have sensed a calling to ordained ministry since I was young. Following a very interesting and full journey to date, I have now reached the point of fulfilling my heart’s desire.
“I greatly enjoyed the structured and disciplined community living during my formation at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. I met some absolutely fantastic people there.”
Terry will serve St Andrew’s, St Mary Magdalen’s and St Peter’s churches in Accrington and is looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.
“With God’s help, I hope to become a good Eucharistic and pastoral priest, serving all His people.
“My vision is one of a church which is rooted in the proclamation and living out of Gospel values and one which reaches out to everyone, particularly those on the margins of society.”