Punk rocker joins the priesthood
She loves the Sex Pistols and sports a nose stud. But she also wears a dog collar – because the Reverend Skye Denno is one of the new priests ordained at Gloucester Cathedral.
Bishop Michael with the newly ordained priests
In the line-up of new priests ordained at Gloucester Cathedral, one woman is certainly different from the traditional image of a vicar in the shires.
Things have moved on since simply being a female priest in the Church of England was unusual: the fact that 12 women and seven men are the latest recruits to the Gloucester Diocese is testament to that.
But Skye Denno certainly turned heads when she first arrived as curate at St James The Great Church in Dursley last year.
Her lifestyle - she dresses unconventionally, likes clubbing, pubs and punk music - might have traditionalists tut-tutting, but mother-of-two Skye says she knows she was born to serve God. And she reckons her family and friends knew she'd become a priest before she did.
Interviewed when she became curate Skye said she didn't deliberately set out to shock when she went out in hot pants and biker boots with her dog collar.
Skye with Bishop Michael
Keep it real
She told the Citizen newspaper "I don't do it to be difficult, it's just me. I think God has chosen me because I'm me, not because I am a woman.
"It's important for me to keep it real and not be another stuffy, middle class vicar."
"Yes, I think things have needed to change but at the heart of me it's still the same."
"The whole service was very emotional and all of us felt the Spirit leading us, and when Bishop Michael put his hands on us there was a change, yes, there was a difference.
She says: "This is not a surprise, they knew this is what God's called me to do, probably before I did.
"My children love it here and it's very natural for them to be here and see their Mum doing something she loves.
"They've settled very well into Dursley, it's been a very welcoming community and has been amazing to all of us."
The 17 new priests are the largest number ordained at Gloucester Cathedral since Michael Perham became Bishop.
He says the high number reflects the organisation of the Church in the 21st century, with fewer full-time stipendiary clergy and more who worked part-time or in an unpaid capacity, fitting their religious responsibilities round other commitments.
Bishop Michael said: "Ordaining new priests to support their congregations in sharing the Christian faith and serving God's world is one of the great occasions for me, especially so when there is a record number of candidates and each them with wonderful gifts to offer."
The full list of new priests ordained into the Gloucester Diocese on June 7 2009 were:
last updated: 22/06/2009 at 10:57
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