Tuesday, 13 July 2010

What a Wonderful Weekend!

This weekend saw three important events in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. It started on Friday night with the institution of 4 new acolytes, Paul, David, Neil, and Simon, and 3 new readers Joseph, Adrian and Robert by Bishop Kieran. All 7 men are in training for the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese. We hope that the four acolytes will be ordained as deacons next year.

On Saturday it was the ordination of Peter Andrews to the Priesthood. Peter had been a Permanent Deacon but several years after his wife, Maureen's death he felt the call to Priesthood. He never imagined he would end up being a Priest and it was never his plan or desire when he was ordained a deacon. The Lord had different plans for him, for which the diocese is very grateful.

Finally on Sunday we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Ordination of Mgr Tony Barry, the Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Affairs and Moderator of Crawley Catholic Parish. It was also his birthday! A wonderful celebration with hundreds of people as well as priests and deacons attending the Mass along with Bishop Kieran and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. It was a day of thanksgiving for the promises of priestly ordination lived out.

Many congratulations to one and all!

Al full story of the events will appear in a future issue of A&B News

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