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

Kwame Adoku

Kwame Adoku

Kwame is member of St John the Evangelist Catholic Church community in Trowbridge – where he has been actively involved in different ministries since Summer 2017. Due to his interest in the education of young people of minority ethnic groups, he became a volunteer science and mathematics teacher and later a school governor of St Augustine’s Catholic College.

The desire to consider diaconal formation arose after Bishop Declan’s pastoral letter – which highlighted the issue of aging clergy in the coming years – was read during Mass one Sunday in Summer 2019. Kwame enjoys communing with nature, working with vulnerable people of the community and interacting with people of other faiths. He began diaconal formation in September 2022.

Chris Boateng

Chris Boateng

Chris spent a number of years as a Civil Servant but more recently changed course to become a project developer.  He is an active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish, Bristol. He is the Parish Administrator and the Chairman of the St. Patrick’s Pan African Catholic Community (PAC ) and organises a number of activities and events for the various parish groups such as monthly Rosary prayers for the PAC, Spiritual Talks, the St. Patrick’s Year of Sacramental Reflection and Preparation initiatives. Chris comes from a very humble devoted Catholic family and is married to Lawrencia Asare; together, they have one daughter, Akomah Boateng.

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.

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.

Robert von Hawrylak

Robert von Hawrylak

Robert lives in Bristol where he is a member of the Clifton Cathedral parish. He is Mission Outreach Co-ordinator and Treasurer at St John the Evangelist church in Bath. Robert runs the Mercy Group at the cathedral supporting those with mental health issues. He is a Trust Chaplain at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Southmead hospitals and Catholic Chaplain at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.  Robert is married with three grown up children.  In his leisure time he enjoys reading theology and history. 

Gabriel Lopes

Gabriel Lopes

Gabriel moved to the UK in 2003 with his wife Angel and four daughters; Ninoshka, Alishka, Angel & Kimberly. He lives in Calne where he has been a member of St Edmunds Parish since 2015 . Gabriel is actively involved in the parish including serving, reading and teaching First Holy Communion with his wife. In his leisure time he enjoys gardening in the allotment where he also has a few chickens and in the evenings enjoys cooking with his wife. He is enjoying this journey with the Lord where he is being nourished daily by the scriptures, making him a better human being and preparing him to contribute to the coming of God’s kingdom. He began his diaconal formation in September 2023.

Krzysztof Lus

Krzysztof Lus

Krzysztof moved to the UK in 2004 and have been living in Bristol since then. He is happy husband to Joanna and father to Jakub and Maria. They are members of the Polish Parish of Our Lady of Ostrobrama in Bristol. He works for Openreach Ltd as a power engineer. So, as an electrician he maintains services in the Polish church on voluntary basis. In 2013 he was appointed as the Parish Safety Representative as well. He and his wife became animators of Encounters of Married Couples Association (Association within the Catholic Church) working with couples and their families. His hobbies are volleyball, skiing and taekwondo. Kris began his diaconal formation in September 2022.

James O’Shaughnessy

James O’Shaughnessy

James lives in Bristol and is married to Louise.  He is a life long member of the parish of St Bernadette Church in Whitchurch, Bristol.  He is greatly involved with parish life including serving, Extraordinary minister of communion, reader and a member of the pastoral team.  In his leisure time he enjoys gardening and socialising with friends and his godchildren.  He is enjoying the journey the Lord is taking him on, taking him outside his comfort zone.  James began his diaconate formation in September 2021.

Remi Thivet

Remi Thivet

Rémi lives in Malmesbury with his wife Frances and their daughter, where he has been a member of St. Aldhelm’s parish since 2014. He enjoys contributing to parish life and is a member of the Parish Council. Rémi works as an electronics engineer. When time allows for leisure, he likes DIY, gardening and woodwork. He also enjoys reading about scriptures and spirituality.

Rémi began his diaconal formation in 2021

Michael Wilson-Smith

Michael Wilson-Smith

Mike lives in Ilminster with his wife Sue and is a member of the English Martyrs Parish covering the churches in Chard, Ilminster and Crewkerne. Mike jointly leads the Music Ministry team for the Parish and is a member of both the Parish Liturgy Committee and Pastoral Council. Mike is also the President of the local SVP Conference. He works part-time as a Systems Engineer and on his ‘day off’ he volunteers at the local Food Bank. In his leisure time, he enjoys participating in music groups both singing and playing mandolin, walking in the countryside with Sue and their two dogs and gardening when time allows. Mike began his diaconal formation in September 2022.