Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Deacon in Formation - Taking the Next Steps

Robert Wellbelove with his wife Cath and 3 of his daughters
Sue Royston from St Hugh of Lincoln, Knaphill Parish reports that:
"After his 2nd year of formation and as a major step in his journey to become a Permanent Deacon, Rob Wellbelove was instituted in the summer as Acolyte during Mass at St Hugh of Lincoln, Knaphill (see picture above).

During the institution, Fr Jeff Scott, the Parish Priest presented Rob with the chalice and paten with wine and bread. These are not consecrated at the time, but symbolize the service that Rob, as Acolyte, can now provide for the Church and especially during Mass.

Rob’s has also recently taken the next step towards becoming a Deacon when Bishop Kieran admitted him to Candidacy during a the Parish Mass.

As he now journeys through his final year of preparation, Rob says, “As the Formation programme continues, the profound realisation has hit each of us in formation – that it is ‘God’s will’ and not ours, all He asks of us is our ‘YES’ – not – our journey plan.”

We keep Rob, Cath and family very much in our prayers and the other men in our Diocese who are also in formation."

For more about the Permanent Diaconate and vocations visit http://www.dabnet.org/

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