Saturday, 12 July 2014

Congratulations to Deacon Hilary Parsons on 30th Anniversary of Ordination

Deacon Hilary with his Icon presented to him by Bishop Kieran
Congratulations to Deacon Hilary Parsons who has just celebrated 30 years of ordination as a Permanent Deacon. He was one of the first to be ordained in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton following the setting up of the Diaconate Formation Programme in 1981. The first Permanent Deacon ordained in the Diocese was Eric Kilminster (RIP) who worked in the Gulf States as a Deacon before returning to the Diocese. Deacon Hilary was ordained in St Richard's, Chichester on 29 June 1984 by then Bishop, now Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. He served for many years in that parish before retiring to the New Forest where he continues to live.

In recognition of his long service to the ordained ministry and the Church, Bishop Kieran presented him with a icon of Christ washing the feet of the disciples.

May he have many more years of joyful ministry. Ad Multos Annos!

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