Permanent Diaconate

 

 

 

Permanent Diaconate

Might God be calling you to serve as a permanent deacon within the Clifton Diocese?

  • Do you have a deep commitment to your Catholic Faith and your prayer life?
  • Are you committed to your family and work – faithful to your responsibilities and generous with your time?
  • Do you have a strong desire to serve others, in the Church and in the wider community?
  • Have others suggested that you might consider the permanent diaconate to be a vocation for you?

Perhaps God is calling you.

We would always recommend that you have a chat first of all with your own parish priest. He will be able to help you to understand what the permanent diaconate is about. Next do have a talk with Deacon Steve Boughton who can help you with the initial discernment and whether or not you might consider applying to be accepted onto the formation programme for the permanent diaconate. If you know any of our current deacons it would also be helpful to talk to them, and their wives if possible, about what it means to be a deacon.

 

Current students:

Canon Christopher Whitehead

Canon Christopher Whitehead

Director of Formation for the Permanent Diaconate

Email: christopher.whitehead@cliftondiocese.com
Tel: 01225 464 471
St John’s Presbytery
South Parade
Bath BA2 4AF

Eric Holliday

Eric Holliday

Eric is a member of the congregation at Holy Rood in Swindon and he supports his wife Marguerite in the youth ministry and music at 5.30pm Mass. He works as a GP in the town and is the proud father of 3 grown up children. He enjoys a walk or bike ride in the countryside and a bit of cooking. He is looking forward to getting more involved in what God is doing in in the parish and the community around us. Eric began his diaconal formation in September 2017.

Charles Hickman

Charles Hickman

Charles lives in Filton with his wife Catherine and their two teenage sons and has been a member of the St. Teresa’s parish since his return to the Catholic faith in 2013. He works in IT for the city council and is involved in a number of parish activities, including reading at Mass, being an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and working as part of the parish SVP and outreach groups. When time allows for leisure, he enjoys cycling and reading. Charles began his diaconal formation in September 2018.

Jose (Joe) Almeida

Jose (Joe) Almeida

Joe is a member of Holy Rood Catholic Church in Swindon where he currently serves as a Reader and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and participates in a number of activities in the church. Joe began his diaconal formation in September 2018.

Bartek Kowalewski

Bartek Kowalewski

Bart has been living in Bristol for nearly 14 years now and is based in the Polish community Parish Church of the Shrine of Mercy in Bristol. There he is involved in catechesis and evangelisation for youth, men, marriages and families. He is husband to Anna and father of 3 children; loves Bible, all things evangelisation, coffee and sport. Working in social and sport science (football) projects. Bart began his diaconal formation in September 2018.

John Andrews

John Andrews

John was baptised in, and is still a parishioner of, St Gregory the Great in Cheltenham. He is involved as a musician, singer, reader and catechist in both St Gregory’s and St Thomas More, and also as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion visits the sick in hospital and those housebound. A lecturer in computer science at the local college, John also provides support maintaining the parish website. He is married to Jane and they have grown up children with whom they enjoy cycling, sailing and making music.  John began his diaconal formation in September 2018.

Richard Mills

Richard Mills

Richard lives in the parish of St Catharines, Frome, and is a regular visitor to Downside Abbey. As a non-believer he was astonished to receive a ‘calling’ during his son’s confirmation Mass in 2010. He was baptised, confirmed and received his first Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil the following year and has since been on a long journey of discovery. He is married with 3 children and aside from working, studying, prayer and family life, Richard volunteers for Samaritans and enjoys racing mountain bikes when time permits. He is solicitor specialising in construction and engineering. Richard began his diaconal formation in September 2017.

Dale Curson

Dale Curson

Dale lives in Swindon with his wife Rosalind and their two daughters. He has been a member of St Peter’s parish since his reception into full communion with the Catholic Church in 2009.  He is involved in a number of parish activities including serving and reading at Mass as well as distributing communion and is a member of the Parish Council.  For leisure, Dale enjoys motorcycling and any form of motorsport.

Ben Sloper

Ben Sloper

Ben is married to Colette and they have two children, both still at school. They live in Crewkerne and are part of the English Martyrs, Chard parishes.  Ben and his family moved to Somerset in 2017 from West Sussex where he worked as a herdsman on a dairy farm.  In his spare time he enjoys kayaking and walking in the beautiful surrounding countryside as well as cooking and playing guitar.  He is looking forward to the opportunities for learning that this formation process provides. 

Andrew Bent

Andrew Bent

Andrew came to Bristol in 1997 and studied theology as an ordinand at Trinity College, Stoke Bishop. After training he felt the Holy Spirit calling him back into communion with the Catholic Church, into which he had been baptised. He started attending St Nicholas of Tolentino church in 2001 and in 2002 was received into full communion. He serves on the Parish Pastoral Council, in pastoral assistance and is a reader and an Extraordinary Minister of Communion. He is a trustee of Borderlands charity for refugees and asylum seekers and has worked in dementia and mental health care for over five years – work he loves dearly. In his spare time he likes reading history and philosophy and has run a few marathons.

Robert von Hawrylak

Robert von Hawrylak

Robert lives in Bristol and is a member if the St Nicholas of Tolentino parish in Easton. He is the parish administrator and involved in many of the church initiatives for the care of the poor and marginalised in the local community.  He is a director of the Borderlands charity supporting refugees and asylum seekers and also runs a mental health support group.  Robert is married with three grown up children.  In his leisure time he enjoys reading theology and history.

Dariusz Derewonko

Dariusz Derewonko

Darius came to the United Kingdom in 2006 with his wife and two children and is from the St Joseph parish in Weston-super-Mare. He is engaged in many parish activities like serving and reading at Mass, psalm singing as well as playing church organs and is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. He helps out at the Polish parish in Weston-super-Mare where he is also a member of a rosary prayer group. In his free time Dariusz likes to cook and go on long walks or hikes where he taking photographs.