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Meet the married men who will be ordained deacons next week

Married men becoming deacons

A FINANCIAL economist, a renowned technologist, a researcher for the CSIRO, and a former Protestant pastor will walk into a cathedral to become deacons next week. Adam Walk, Ivan Ortiz, Chad Hargrave and Peter Pellicaan are one week out from their ordination to the permanent diaconate, one of three ranks in the sacrament of Holy Orders. They are all married ... Read More »

Sandhurst seminarian says vocation to priesthood freeing, not crazy

Family joy: Deacon Adi Indra (second from left) celebrates his ordination to the diaconate with his parents, Yanti and Hasan Indra and sister Eveline Indra. Photos: PNAC (Rome)

SEMINARIAN and former intern at The Catholic Leader, Adi Indra, can tick getting ordained over the burial site of the first pope from his bucket list. The Indonesian-born seminarian for the Sandhurst diocese in Victoria was ordained a deacon on October 3 at St Peter’s Basilica which, in Catholic tradition, is known as the place where St Peter was buried. ... Read More »

Sky’s the limit for Brisbane deacon taking on Q1 stair challenge

Andrew O'Brien

DEACON Andrew O’Brien is preparing to climb the tallest building in Australia so his Brisbane-based outreach can continue to offer mateship to homeless people in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. The Brisbane deacon and manager for Catholic outreach Rosies, which serves a cuppa to hundreds of homeless people in Queensland every week, will attempt to climb 1331 steps in ... Read More »

Vietnamese Augustinian closer to fulfilling dream of becoming a priest

Deacon Dang Nguyen

AUSTRALIA’S Augustinians are closer to realising their plan of opening their first house in Vietnam following the diaconate ordination of Br Dang Nguyen in Brisbane. Br Nguyen, who left Vietnam nine years ago to be a priest, said it was a “dream” for the Australian Augustinian province to open the order’s first house in Vietnam and he hoped to be ... Read More »

Permanent diaconate growing with Deacon Andrew O’Brien ordained for Brisbane

Deacon Andrew O'Brien walks through the guard of honour following his diaconal ordination.

BRISBANE’S newest permanent deacon has asked Christians to find Christ in the poor, who are thirsting for friendship and human belonging. Deacon Andrew O’Brien, who was ordained a permanent deacon on November 11 at St Stephen’s Cathedral, said Christians should not be afraid to encounter those on the margins, particularly those who lived on the streets. “Our purpose as Christians ... Read More »

Brisbane deacon receives award for online teaching

Deacon Anthony Gooley

BRISBANE deacon Dr Anthony Gooley has received a Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Tasmania for the design and delivery of religious curriculum. Deacon Gooley is a lecturer in Theology and Religious Education at The Broken Bay Institute. University of Tasmania Master of Teaching Program director Dr Janet Dyment said the consistent positive feedback from Deacon Gooley’s students demonstrated exceptional comprehension at ... Read More »

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