MASS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS
HART FOR THE ORDINATION TO PERMANENT
DIACONATE AT SAINT PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL,
MELBOURNE, ON SATURDAY, 15TH NOVEMBER 2014 AT
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
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
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
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.