Ordination invitation

Kensy Joseph diaconate ordination
Kensy Joseph's diaconate ordination

Jesuit deacons Philip Harrison SJ and Kensy Joseph SJ will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Nicholas Hudson on Saturday 30th June 12 noon at St Ignatius Church, Stamford Hill.

All are welcome to celebrate this joyous occasion for the Society of Jesus in Britain.

The service will be followed by a reception at Our Lady’s High School, Amhurst Park, a short walk from the church.  Parking is limited so please use public transport: Seven Sisters overground and tube, Stamford Hill overground.

The invitation card features an image of the Good Shepherd. 

“At the ordination we will each be invested with a stole to carry across our shoulders, just as Jesus carries a sheep over his shoulders in this icon. That gesture will remind us of the greatness of the challenge which is set before us as priests,” Phil and Kensy commented.

You can download a pdf of the card PDF icon ordination_invitation_2018.pdf and read a reflection on the Good Shepherd by Philip and Kensy on our Ignatian Insight blog.

All are most welcome to join this special celebration.  If you would like to come please let us know by following this link


Kensy (37) and Philip (35) both joined the Jesuit novitiate in September 2007 and made their first vows in 2009.  Their formation journeys have taken them down very different paths.

Kensy studied Philosophy at Heythrop and in Pune, India, and took his Bachelor of Divinity at Heythrop in 2016.  During his two-year regency he taught Religion, Philosophy and Maths in Limerick, Ireland.  He is currently completing an MA in Religions and Theology at Manchester University, and has been a member of the Manchester Universities’ chaplaincy team since August 2016.

After taking his first vows Philip studied Philosophy at Heythrop College and then did a teaching qualification at the University of Edinburgh.  For two years he studyied Theology at the Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogota Colombia.  Since his diaconate ordination in Bogota in November last year, Philip has been serving as a deacon at Most Holy Trinity in east London, based at the Hurtado Jesuit community in Wapping.

Both Kensy and Philip will be celebrating their first masses on Sunday 1st July - Kensy at the Holy Name Church, Oxford Rd, Manchester at 12 noon; and Philip at Most Holy Trinity, Dockhead in Bermondsey London at 10am.