The Rev'd. Deacon Ann Wren
Secretary of The Diaconal Association of the Church of England (DACE) in UK representing Group 1 on DRAE Executive
I was made a Deaconess in 1985 and ordained Deacon in Durham Cathedral in 1987 serving in an inner city parish in Gateshead, also acting as Bishop's Advisor for Women's Ministry. My husband Christopher is a priest and we moved to Blackpool in 1998, a seaside town with levels of high deprivation and
transience. As a parish deacon I do pastoral work and manage a Church School for
1,000 11-15 year old children. I am Diocesan Director for Adult Church Education
and a national trainer for Mothers' Union's Parenting Programme since 2002.
My first gifting was music and I served as a Church organist from my early
teens. Through music I met the Franciscan Community and was professed in the
Third Order in 1975. Being a Franciscan has shaped and inspired my spirituality
and ministry best described in Francis' own words,"Preach the gospel but only
use words if you have to.", himself being a deacon. Deacons in the UK are quite scattered serving in parishes, schools, hospitals and prisons, all work collaboratively with ordained and secular professionals to reach out to and transform people of the margins of society. I still sing and play and often find this creates a way to reach people in difficulty or pastoral need.