On June 28, 2011, the Rev. William Deng was ordained to the priesthood at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, by The Right Reverend Greg Rickell, Bishop of Olympia. Members of St. John’s Sudanese congregtion along with friends, supporters, and family gathered for the celebration. Fr. William and members of St. John’s Sudandese Church provided music sung in Dinka as the Offertory.
One of the Lost Boys of Sudan, William came to the Diocese of Olympia in 2002 after having been ordained a deacon by a Sudanese bishop while he was in a refugee camp in Kenya years earlier. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pa., graduating in May 2011.
Fr. William returns to the diocese as the priest of St. John Sudanese Episcopal Church, a diocesan Mission Stations, and which worships at the Church by the Side of the Road in Tukwila.