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Permanent Diaconate

Might God be calling you to serve as a permanent deacon?

  • 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?
  • Do you think you are not good enough, or capable enough, to become an ordained minister?

Perhaps God is calling you……….

Why not have a chat with your parish priest? He will be able to help you to discern whether or not you should consider applying to be accepted onto the formation programme for the permanent diaconate. If you know any deacons it would be helpful to talk to them, and their wives if possible, about what it means to be a deacon.

Current student

Paul Thompson

At Holy Family in Swindon, Paul is involved in a number of activities including fund raising and parish finance in addition to reading at Mass and taking communion to the sick and housebound. He is also involved in the local ecumenical partnership. Following his conversion to the Catholic faith a number of years ago, Paul started his diaconal formation in September 2014. He lives in Swindon, is married to Maria and has three children and four grandchildren. Among his interests outside of Church are birdwatching, photography and nowadays is a keen armchair sports enthusiast. Paul works for a Housing Association based in Wiltshire.

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.
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.