During this Mass, Bishop Alan conferred the ministry of Acolyte on Paul Raynes from St Etheldreda in Ely parish and admitted Jonathan Wright from the parish of Our Lady of the Assumption and the English Martyrs in Cambridge, Jonathan Callejo from the parish of the Cathedral of St John the Baptist and Edwin Mothis from the parish of Sacred Heart and St Oswald in Peterborough, to Candidacy.
Candidacy is admission to the first stage of diaconal studies. Paul Raynes’s conferral of Acolyte marks the final year of his studies for the diaconate.
In his homily, Bishop Alan reminded the congregation of the call of Matthew and encouraged the students for the diaconate to continue to listen to God’s call in their lives. He spoke of the meaning of the name Matthew – a gift of God – and prayed that each one of them would be a gift of God for the church in their ministry. He thanked them for their courage and commitment to the Church and to the diocese.
Later, Fr Andrew Eburne – Director of Studies for the Permanent Diaconate – encouraged all the deacons and students for the diaconate to keep the Eucharist central to their lives every day and to rely on Our Blessed Lady and her prayers and intercessions.
Pictured above are Jennifer and Jonathan Wright, Sarah and Paul Raynes, Bishop Alan, Edwin and Suzanne Mothis, Jenuary and Jonathan Callejo.