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Mass for the Ordination to Permanent Diaconate at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne - Saturday 15 November 2014

MASS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART FOR THE ORDINATION TO PERMANENT DIACONATE AT SAINT PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL, MELBOURNE, ON SATURDAY, 15TH NOVEMBER 2014 AT 10.00 A.M.
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

After many years of marriage Danny, Cris and Neil are coming forward to be ordained as Deacons.  This is a unique call to which they respond in faith and love.  Above all, a Deacon is called to be a man of prayer and by his celebration of morning and evening prayer he joins the ordained ministers of the Church in our common responsibility to pray for God’s people, who are sustained by our prayers and sacrifice.

They will be dedicated ministers of the liturgy, in which they give themselves to God and lead our people in worship, particularly by reading and proclaiming the Gospel, officiating at marriages, taking Communion to the sick and preaching the Word of God.

The love of Jesus Christ for all and Pope Francis’ desire that we all should accompany our lay people and families means that they too will be ministers particularly of charity, fitted to walk with God’s people wherever and however they are, so that the love of Christ will shine from their lives.

As married Permanent Deacons, however, your mutually expressed love of your wife, fruitful in the children that you may have, takes on a dimension which builds on your own personal and spiritual life.  It is to imitate Christ the servant in recognising the needs of people and in leading them to encounter God’s Word and his Sacraments.

In particular, I want to thank your wives for their exceptional generosity in accompanying you along the years of study and reflection and also in the challenges that they will receive when you are called to ministry at a time when perhaps they may prefer to have you with them.

The Gospel of Jesus, which always invites us to go a step further than we imagined will fill you and your wives with grace to allow Jesus to sustain you in whatever demands are made on you. 

Together we remember the call that God has given and where God invites he makes us equal to the challenge and fills us with abundant graces to live our family life, to be a minister of the Gospel and humbly to be an imitator of Jesus who came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for all.

+ Denis J. Hart,

ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.

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