A permanent deacon is a person who will remain a deacon for life, unless at some future date he decides to become a priest and is ordained to that order as well. Click here for more information on the Permanent Diaconate in this Archdiocese.
Click here to read about Ryan McAleer, ordained in Rome on 25th April 2011.
Click here to read about Thomas McHugh, ordained in Maynooth on 29th May 2011.
We congratulate them both, as well as their parents and families, parish communities and friends, and indeed everyone who has supported them in their vocation so far. Both deacons are currently on pastoral assignment in the Archdiocese, and will, with the help of God, be ordained priests in 2012.
Please keep Ryan and Thomas and all our seminarians in your prayers.