As ordination season continues, a contingent of people from Cardiff made the journey to St. Mary’s College Oscott near Birmingham this morning for the second of four summer ordinations for our Diocese. Rev. Nicholas Williams was ordained to the Diaconate as part of his formation for priesthood by Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham. Deacon Nick was ordained with six other men including Matt Roche-Saunders of Menevia Diocese as the seminary year drew to a close today.
The ordination service was a great occasion and included the hymn “All my hope on God is founded” and expression of the close relationship of trust the men have developed with the Lord over the past six years. Archbishop Longley spoke movingly of the long history of the college and its connections with Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman. He remarked that the new deacons are now part of that history and invited them to take that heritage across England and Wales in their future ministry to their dioceses.
Deacon Nick was joined in the celebration by family and friends, and clergy of the Diocese including Fr. Paul Millar, Vocations Director of the Diocese and parish priest of Blessed Sacrament, Rumney. Deacon Nick’s home parish will complete his Diaconate year at St. Mary’s College as he complete formation for priesthood over the next year.
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