Annual Mass for Deacons 2016
On Saturday 2nd July more than 30 of the 50 Deacons of the Diocese gathered with Bishop Richard Moth to give thanks for their ministry and to renew the commitments to service the Church and the world at their ordinations. They were joined by their wives and members of their families in this celebration of diaconal ministry.
Bishop Richard not only thanked the deacons for what they did in the Diocese and beyond as assistants to the Bishop in the mission of the Church in Arundel & Brighton, but also to their families for their share and support of the deacon's ministry. The Bishop also mentioned the prayers and support as well as the presence of widows of Deacons who had served the Diocese faithfullly in the past.
It was a great joy in particular to welcome newly ordained Liam McIlveney who had been ordained a deacon just the night before in St Edward the Confessor parish in Keymer.
The Diaconate was restored as a permanent order within the Latin Roman Catholic Church following the Second Vatican Council in 1960s. The first deacon, Eric Kilminster was ordained in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton in 1974, more than 40 years ago. There are currently 4 men in formation for the diaconate in the diocese.