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New Deacons Ordained

posted Jan 31, 2015, 6:49 PM by Parishes of The Holy Family   [ updated Jan 31, 2015, 6:49 PM ]
Congratulations to our newly ordained Deacons Joseph George and Stuart Young who were ordained as Transitional Deacons this morning at Mass. It was a most beautiful occasion for all who were gathered in the new church.

This is a special thank-you from Stuart:
"Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour." John 12:26

My thanks must go to Almighty God for his patience and steadfast guidance throughout my life, and especially as he led me through pilgrimage and discernment to this day. 

My family may not have understood at times the journey that has led me to this day, but their unfailing love and support has ensured that we have travelled the road together. The journey started 27 years ago when Shona and I were married here in Morrinsville. It was Shona who foretold to Father Mark Chamberlain who is here today that I would become a priest, something I only found out recently.

I am blessed with 3 children who keep me very grounded in reality, this is a great gift that I am sure the Lord recognises as he forms me for ministry. I am indebted to Bishop Denis for accepting me for formation for this diocese, I also must acknowledge the huge support given to me on my early journey by Bishop Colin Campbell, Bishop of Dunedin and many of the priests and staff of the Dunedin Diocese. 

To Father Mark and the parishioners of Morrinsville, thank you for supporting me through my journey I can not adequately express my gratitude to you all.

The seminary staff have supported me throughout my training as have the staff of Good Shepherd College. The seminary staff provided wisdom, and understanding 
during my formation and never failed to encourage me to integrate Shona into my formation, for this I am eternally grateful. My fellow seminarians, took the old boy to heart, and I have had great fellowship and support from a terrific group of men, I thank you all.

Finally I ask for your prayers, that I will always be receptive to the Holy Spirit, and serve the people of God in humility and Love. I am reminded of a poem which hung on my grandfathers bedroom wall for years, that has been my guide for many years. 

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.