The city of London has seen much activity over the past few days thanks to the General Election. However today the city became a focus for another important event, at least for the Catholic Community.
This morning eight men in formation for the priesthood were ordained Deacons at Westminster Cathedral, one of whom was from Cardiff. Rev. Robert James hails from Grangetown and having studied at Cardiff University entered Allen Hall Seminary in formation for the Archdiocese of Cardiff. The day was glorious for both the sunshine of London and the ordinations themselves.
During a very solemn ceremony the Rt. Rev. Paul Mcaleen, auxiliary bishop of Westminster, encouraged the deacons to ‘conform themselves more closely to Christ each day’. Robert was supported by a throng of people from our Archdiocese including his family, friends and a few of our clergy who made the journey especially for the occasion. Following the Mass of Ordination a celebration was held at the seminary located in Chelsea.
Deacon Robert will complete his formation for priesthood over the coming year at Allen Hall. On weekends he will work within one of the parishes of the Diocese of Westminster. His ordination marks the first of four ordinations for our diocese this year. In a fortnight’s time Nicholas Williams will also be ordained to the Diaconate at St. Mary’s College, Oscott. Then in July the Rev. Daniel Stanton and Rev. Peter McLaren will both be ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop George Stack at Cardiff Cathedral.
This is truly a joyous time for our diocese and an opportunity to give thanks for such a gift to the diocese. It is also an opportunity to refocus and intensify our prayer for more vocations within our diocese. Please also continue to pray for our seminarians as they continue to discern the call of the Lord in their lives.
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