On Saturday 05 March 2016 at Allen Hall Seminary I and five fellow seminarians received the Ministry of Reader in a liturgy which was celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes of the Diocese of East Anglia. The Bishop spoke to the six men receiving the ministry prior to the celebration and it did really have a calming influence on me. The chapel was packed with people, including my own family, and the music was exemplary. It was a beautiful liturgy. But it did not seem to strike me as anything special until the moment when it was my turn to kneel in front of Bishop Alan with my Bible. Then it felt like I was officially on the next step in my formation. I did not feel like a new man at the seminary anymore, I did not feel like I was still in the honeymoon period of formation. I felt like I was fully engrossed in the seminary system of formation; and for the first time, it felt absolutely fantastic. The celebrations continued with photographs with family and peers, speeches and drinks in the seminary’s newly refurbished library and a lovely buffet lunch. Having all of my family there was brilliant as they do not visit often from Yorkshire, but the abiding memory will be the real feeling of maturity, growth and prayerfulness which emanated at that very moment when I, for the first time, knelt in front of a Bishop. My family all returned back home. Everything around the seminary was slowly being brought back to some level of equilibrium again after a very hectic couple of days. Sunday rolled around and it was the normal Sunday regime at Allen Hall; Morning Prayer at 08:00, I went to my pastoral placement and returned for a Holy Hour at 19:00, which included Evening and Night Prayer. But it was not just a normal Sunday regime, as I had a new found zeal and energy in my usual daily activities; because this was the first day that I was a Reader in the Church’s eyes. Now, that really did feel good.