Diocese Congratulates Candidates on Continued Journey to the DiaconateThursday 9th December 2021
We are delighted to announce that four men from our diocese have taken another step closer to being ordained as Deacons for the Diocese.
On Sunday 5th December at the Cathedral, Bishop John instituted to the ministry of Acolyte Lee Davies (from Holy Trinity Parish), Davie Nalikata (from the Parish of The Sacred Heart and St Francis), Damien Buggie (from the Parish of Our Lady of the Valley) and John Walsh (from St John Henry Newman Parish).
The ministry of Acolyte is linked to service at the Altar, as a reminder that Deacons are ordained to assist and to lead worship, including some of the sacraments, to preach and proclaim the Gospel and also to exercise the ministry of charity.
Please pray for our four candidates, their wives and families, as they journey closer to ordination.
The Permanent Diaconate is open to men of the Diocese aged over 30, married or single. This ordained ministry, which is part of the Sacrament of Holy Orders, allows the deacon to minister in his local parish or in a chaplaincy setting while also continuing in secular employment. A deacon, therefore, is something of a link between the world of Church and the world of work, often combining the grace of the Sacrament of Holy Orders with the grace of the Sacrament of Marriage.
If you feel you would like to explore the idea of becoming a Permanent Deacon, please email Fr. Paul Daly firstname.lastname@example.org